The Martial Arts Dōjō

The word dōjō was originally a Buddhist word that meant “place of enlightenment.” Specifically it referred to the place where the Buddha Shākyamuni sat and experienced his great awakening.

Now it is used to designate a place where Buddhism is practiced, which means that the main hall is a dōjō. In common language, however, it is mostly used to refer to a training hall for the martial arts. This is quite fitting, seeing that the martial arts have as their purpose the training of both body and mind.

Lessons in Shorinji Kenpō, Tate (staged samurai sword fight) and Yoga are currently conducted in Tōzenji’s martial arts dōjō.