On the Similarities to Dojos

(JAPANESE Dojo) Photo sourced from Google.

(JAPANESE Dojo) Photo sourced from Google.

“A dojo is a miniature cosmos where we make contact with ourselves—our  fears, anxieties, reactions, and habits. It is an arena of confined  conflict where we confront an opponent who is not an opponent but  rather a partner engaged in helping us understand ourselves more fully.  It is a place where we can learn a great deal in a short time about who  we are and how we react in the world. The conflicts that take place  inside the dojo help us handle conflicts that take place outside. The  total concentration and discipline required to study martial arts  carries over to daily life. The activity in the dojo calls on us to  constantly attempt new things, so it is also a source of learning—in  Zen terminology, a source of self-enlightenment.”

From Joe Hyams’ Zen in the Martial Arts

I’ve always thought of the studio as a dojo without quite articulating why to myself. And now, here it is. Here’s why.

Thank you Joe Hyams.


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