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Dantian or Tan t'ien (Chinese: Dāntián 丹田; Japanese: Tanden 丹田; Korean: 단전 DanJeon 丹田; Thai Dantian ตันเถียน) which literally means "cinnabar or red field" and is loosely translated as "elixir field". It is described as an important focus point for internal meditative techniques, and refers specifically to the physical center of gravity located in the abdomen three finger widths below and two finger widths behind the navel. Image File history File links Zhongwen. ... 漢字 / 汉字 Chinese character in Hànzì, Kanji, Hanja, Hán Tá»±. Red in Simplified Chinese. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ...


The Dantian is important in qigong, neigong, tao yin and other breathing techniques, as well as for traditional Chinese medicine and is also widely used throughout East Asian meditation and martial arts theory, especially the neijia school of Chinese martial arts. Qigong (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: chi4 kung1; or Energy-Cultivation, is an aspect of Chinese medicine involving the coordination of different breathing patterns with various physical postures and motions of the body. ... Neigong 內功 , pinyin nèigōng, also spelt nei kung or neigung meaning internal skill is any of a set of Chinese breathing and meditation disciplines associated with Daoism and especially the Chinese martial arts. ... Tao Yin (Chinese: 導引; pinyin: guide and pull) exercises were an ancient precursor of qigong, specifically practised in Chinese Taoist monasteries for health and spiritual cultivation, attested from at least 500 BC. Tao Yin is also said to be (along with Shaolin Chuan) a primary formative ingredient in the martial... Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. ... East Asia is a subregion of Asia that can be defined in either geographical or cultural terms. ... A large statue in Bangalore depicting Shiva meditating Meditation describes a state of concentrated attention on some object of thought or awareness. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... Nèijiā (Chinese: 內家; Pinyin: nèi jīa; Wade-Giles: nei4 chia1) denotes the internal or soft styles of Chinese martial arts, as opposed to wàijiā (外家; external family), the external or hard styles, which are associated with Shaolinquan and its many derivatives. ... This article provides a general overview of Chinese martial arts. ...


The Dantian is sometimes divided into sections. The lower Dantian (at the navel as described above) is associated with physical energy, and sometimes sexuality. The middle Dantian (at the Solar plexus) deals with respiration and the health of internal organs. The upper Dantian (at the third eye) relates to consciousness or intent, spirit or shen, and the brain. The solar plexus, also known as the celiac plexus, plexus cœliacus or plexus solaris, is an autonomous cluster of nerve cells (see Plexus) in the human body behind the stomach and below the diaphragm near the celiac artery in the abdominal cavity. ... In biology, an organ is a group of tissues which perform some function. ... 17th century representation of the third eye connection to the higher worlds by alchemist Robert Fludd. ... Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and ones environment. ...


In speaking specifically of the lower of the three points, the term Dantian (Jap: Tanden) is often used interchangeably with the Japanese word hara (腹; Chinese: ) which literally means simply "belly". In Chinese and Japanese tradition, it is considered the physical center of gravity for the human body and by extension the seat of one's internal energy (qi). A master of calligraphy, swordsmanship, tea ceremony, martial arts or the like is said to be "acting from the hara" in Japan. The one-point (seika no itten, kikai tanden) is also a central element in Japanese yoga, Ki-Aikido, and other traditional arts. For other uses, see QI (disambiguation). ... Calligraphy in a Latin Bible of AD 1407 on display in Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England. ... Swordsman redirects here. ... A tea ceremony is a ritualised form of making tea. ... Ki-Aikido is the style of aikido developed by 10th Dan aikidokaKoichi Tohei. ...


Buddhist teachers often instruct their students to center their mind in dantian, said to aid control of thoughts and emotions. Acting from the dantian is said therefore to be related to the state of samadhi. A replica of an ancient statue found among the ruins of a temple at Sarnath Buddhism is a philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Shakyas, whose lifetime is traditionally given as 566 to 486 BCE. It had subsequently been accepted by... Personification of thought (Greek Εννοια) in Celsus Library in Ephesos, Turkey Thought or thinking is a mental process which allows beings to model the world, and so to deal with it effectively according to their goals, plans, ends and desires. ... Emotional redirects here. ... Samadhi (Sanskrit, lit. ...


The Dantian also roughly corresponds to the Indian concept of the manipura, or third chakra in Yoga philosophy, thought to be the seat of prana that radiates outwards to the entire body, and the Arabic Kath. Manipura is the third primary chakra according to the Hindu Tantric tradition (Shakta). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Yoga (Devanagari: योग) is one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy, focusing on meditation as a path to self-knowledge and liberation. ... Prana (, IAST: ) is a Sanskrit word meaning breath and refers to a vital, life-sustaining force of living beings and vital energy in natural processes of the universe. ... Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ...


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  • Seiki tanden
  • The Three Dantian, Hara and Seika Tanden

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Basic Principles of Qigong (1456 words)
Qigong exercises are selected to suit the health status of the individual practitioner.
The practice of static Qigong is aimed at accumulating Qi in the Dantian,
(Dantian = locations in the body that are able to store and generate Qi.
Sun Simiao: Author of the Earliest Chinese Encyclopedia for Clinical Practice (5568 words)
This introductory section follows the typical Taoist description of cultivating qi in order to calm spirit, and in tranquility gaining longevity.
It is followed by instructions for meditation (persistent focus of the mind, especially on the cinnabar field, dantian, just below the naval).
Five phases of the mind are described by Sun, starting with the agitated mind, and then progressing to greater degrees of tranquility.
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