(& THE THREE TANDENS)
Copyright © 2003/5 James Deacon
Seika tanden (commonly referred to simply as the tanden)
is an energy 'centre' or area - about the size of a grapefruit
- located deep inside the 'hara', roughly mid way between the
top of the pubic bone and the navel.
term Seika simply refers to 'below the Navel'. The word
Tanden is the Japanese equivalent of the Chinese: Tan Tien
(also: dan tian) or 'field of the elixir'.
Tanden is also known as the Kikai ('Ocean of Ki')
Tanden, and as Seika no Itten (the 'One Point' below
[In some western Energy Disciplines it is referred to as the 'Lunar
Physically speaking it is the body's center of gravity.
is said that Ki is moved by the mind "... where the attention
goes, ki flows..."
To effortlessly focus the awareness*
(thought-feeling) in seika tanden is to place one's energy
Also, by placing effortless emphasis and energy at this area in
the lower abdomen, integration of body and mind is deepened and
strengthened, and the Spirit is dynamically grounded in the Present
is not the same as concentration - the latter intimating
as it does of willfulness]
Japanese disciplines - martial, spiritual, therapeutic or artistic
- tend to speak of a single tanden.
in Japan there are also several disciplines - either of Chinese
origin or alternatively heavily influenced by Chinese Chi Gung
philosophy - which speak of three tandens:
Lower (Shimo) Tanden (also: Ge Tanden)
[essentially the same as the seika tanden]
- located deep inside the 'hara'
The Middle (Naka) Tanden (also: Chu Tanden)
- located inside the chest at about the heart level
Upper (Kami) Tanden (also: Jo Tanden)
in the middle of the head between the eyes
concerning Hara, Seika Tanden, and the 'three tanden'