BOUNDLESS INTIMACY: The Eye And Treasury Of Core-Self
by Andrew Shugyo Daijo Bonnici, Ph.D.
Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “Abiding In Core-Self – The Tanden”:
When earth dwellers sink into the bio-energetic core of their hara, they naturally live and move from their body’s center-point of gravity. To consciously live and move from the body’s center-point of gravity is to be intimate with the visceral gut-core intelligence of all true earth dwellers. In our traditional Way of Zen, we call the body’s center-point of gravity the “tanden,” pronounced “tahn-den.” Your tanden is located three inches below your navel. It is in the middle of your hara, an inch and a half under your skin. The tanden is where your visceral gut-core intelligence is experientially felt within the body. This is why we refer to the tanden as the true visceral center-point of our gut-core intelligence.