In Japanese, "dojo" refers to the place where we train "in the way"...the distinction revolves around the concept of "Do", which translates as "Way". The origin of the word "dojo" comes from the Sanskrit bodhimanda, which means the place of awakening. The Japanese kanji for Do is composed of two parts. One depicts a man walking on a road. The other is the human throat, which surrounds the jugular vein, representing the very core and pulse of our life. A man walking toward life. The Way is a theme of life. The dojo is a place where we awaken our body, grow the self, and unite with the spirit through rigorous and compassionate life inquiry.
Reflection on the Dojo
I found this passage in Holding the Center: Sanctuary in a Time of Confusion by Richard Strozzi-Heckler. It says something similar to a passage that Shihan read to us at the end of class last night.