Kusha grass

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The Ecology Centre at Amritapuri sells many special products, among them Kusa (or Kusha) grass mats, which are said to be conducive to meditation.  Kusha may be the origin of the English ‘cushion’!

The sanctity of dharba, also known as kusha (or kusa) grass, is as old as the Indian gods…   after accepting a dish of food from a woman, Shakyamuni, on his way to sit in determined meditation, meets with Sottiya the grass-cutter, who offers him eight handfuls of kusa grass to make a seat.  He arranges it with its roots facing towards the trunk before taking his place on it under the Bodhi Tree.”