Urszula Sapeta, 3

Interview with Urszula Sapeta

MP:

I can see the value in finding it out for oneself. Perhaps just the mention that "not knowing how" is an absolutely acceptable way to proceed helps here. Do you have a book you could recommend?

Urszula:

Are you asking about the book which explains about how to do zazen and about postures? I am sure that every American Zen teacher has written one. My favorite ones are actually written by Japanese teachers: Zen Training by Katsuki Sekida, and An Introduction to Zen Training by Omori Sogen. Also the book which does not speak about postures but shares other aspects of Zen Path written by my Teacher of recent 18 years, Points of Departure - Zen Buddism with Rinzai View by Eido Tai Shimano.

MP:

Do all of the cushions come finished and filled? I can see the value of reducing shipping costs by including instructions on filling it with buckwheat, and having it Velcro-closed. Perhaps this undermines the integrity of the pillow. It was just an idea that came to me.

Urszula:

As you can see on my order form #1 there is a position: empty zafu shell. Often various Zen Centers or groups order empty shells and fill themselves either with kapok or buckwheat husk. I also do some custom designed projects. When someone needs special cushion of different specifications than the standard ones I make, they contact me by e-mail and request.

MP:

You mentioned that an order form and a check are best. Do you accept credit cards online as well?

Urszula:

Unfortunately I do not accept credit cards– only check or money orders.

MP:

I have one more question that I will just go ahead with here, and that is as to whether there are those who recommend your meditation pillows in particular. Perhaps you have organizations that you sell to that use only your pillows-- or how many pillows have you provided to zen centers all over the world– something impressive that should not go without mention.

Urszula:

Zen Center in Rochester which is nearby and all their affiliates in USA, Canada as well as Europe have been using my cushions since I have been making them. But also other places like Dai Bosatsu Zendo, where I do practice now. I have been making their style of zafu shells which they fill and sell in the Monastery Store. Members of groups connected with Dai Bosatsu also order my cushions.

There are many other groups whose members buy my cushions and robes as well as individuals who discover me on the Internet. I am not sure how many pillows I made by now but really VERY many... It is hard for me to advertise myself.

MP:

Thank you so much for interviewing. Think of how many people are sitting now on your cushions. It's beautiful. You are providing (literally) a comfortable place for them to dwell while they seek greater awareness and a deeper love. I really enjoyed the interview. Thank you again.

Urszula:

Thank you very much! If my cushions can help someone in discovering what is important in life, then that will make me very happy.

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