A Dojo for creative misfits

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In the effort to describe the idea to folk, I thought of calling Lifegym a Dojo. Enlightening…?

Wikipedia says (pasted from the article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dojo:

dōjō (道場) is a hall or space for immersive learning or meditation. This is traditionally in the field of martial arts, but has been seen increasingly in other fields, such as meditation and software development. The term literally means “place of the Way” in Japanese.


The Ikenobō dōjō (right) next to Rokkaku-dō, Kyoto

Initially, dōjō were adjunct to temples and were formal training place for any of the Japanese arts ending in “-dō“, from the Chinese Tao (or Dao), meaning “way” or “path”. Sometimes meditation halls where Zen Buddhists practice zazen meditation were called dōjō.[1] The alternative term zen-do is more specific, and more widely used. European Sōtō Zen groups affiliated with the International Zen Association prefer to use dōjō instead of zendo to describe their meditation halls as did their founding master, Taisen Deshimaru.

In Japan, any facility for physical training, including professional wrestling, may be called a dōjō.[2] In the Western world, the term dōjō (when related to physical activity) is used exclusively for Japanese martial arts such as aikidōjudōkarate-dō, etc.[3]


The vision sharpens.


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4 thoughts on “A Dojo for creative misfits

  1. Hi Peter

    In Auckland a Taiko space is called Dojo. I took classes for a term there…lots of fun..but hard on my body eventually! http://tamashii.nz/dojo




    1. Wow their space looks good…and those drums are big! I’ve heard a performance in Yoshi’s ampitheatre in kaiwaka. …big sound too! We might get lucky down in gisborne dreamspace and have some musicians too…


  2. Pascale Delos May 17, 2018 — 3:18 pm

    I meant to say the word Dojo is being used by this organisation offering Taiko classes. Enriching your idea of Dreamspace being a Dojo.

    I realised I wasn’t very clear in my wording!

    Hope to visit you soon




    1. Yes and it was clear enough on reflection 🙂 A visit? – look forward to seeing you here!


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