In Japanese, dojo means, “place of the Way”. It is traditionally concidered to be the place for two activities: as a training ground for learning specific techniques of an art (martial, meditation, flower arranging, music, etc) and as an arena for individual self realization and growth.
This last because it is understood that a person has to “be right” internally to be able to apply techniques outwardly in a masterful way. Although, in a traditional dojo, technique is considered very important and even at times concidered the actual teacher, it is also understood that true mastery only takes place in transcending the rote application of techniques.
Given this, let me offer,
“A dojo is a place for training in techniques of an art. In its advanced form it is a place to train in transforming those techniques into the masterful application of power.
At its best it is a meeting ground for the practice and embodiment of transformational arts.
By its very nature, it is always respectful of place, people, and tradition”.
We are using the term Warrior in what may at first seem an unusual way. Our definition of a warrior has nothing to do with fighting, though active involvement may be part of it. Nor does it involve any kind of aggression though strong actions may be required.
It does refer to someone willing to learn to take skillful dynamic actions in the service of others. We admire the traditional values of warriorship, such as; sincerity, honesty, courage, personal responsibility, and loyalty.
When we use the term “Heart” we are referring to compassion and empathy, but also to heart as:
The prime mover of vitality in an organism or an organization
The center or essence of a thing or idea as in, “The heart of the matter is...”
Strength and personal commitment as in, “She has the heart to carry through.” letting intuition informing our actions as in, “My heart says I should help.”
As you can see, the term heart has many possible meanings, but all taken together indicates actions of strength and integrity based in caring for others.
So let me offer this,
“A Warrior of the Heart is a person who courageously steps up in skillful service to those in need, and is active in perfecting powerful, compassionate, and life enhancing wiser actions in the world.”
Lets step beyond the idea that a dojo needs to be a physical place, and consider that our Warrior of the Heart Dojo first and foremost resides in our hearts and that training can happen wherever Warriors of the Heart meet to practice.
Dojo practices are meant to joyfully birth more compassionate warriorship
from within each of us.
We could simply say,
“The Warrior of the Heart Dojo is a practice ground for the training, embodiment, and skillful use of the powerful and transformational art of Fearless and Wise Leadership”.
- Bob Wing