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(Jap.). In Japanese esoteric (see esoteric Buddhism) and martial arts practice, this refers to a spot in the human body about 3 inches below the navel in the middle of the abdomen. This place serves as the centre of gravity in martial arts and a place where the subtle energy of the body (ch'i) is collected and transformed in a manner metaphorically described as an alchemical process whereby cinnabar is heated and made into an elixir of immortality. For this reason, it is also called the ‘tanden’, or ‘cinnabar field’.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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