Wesley1982 wrote:Does a Zen Master have a dojo or particular place for ritual meditation in Japanese architecture?
While by using the terms "Zen Master" and "dojo", no doubt most will be thinking of a teacher from the specific Japanese Zen school tradition, practicing meditation in a specifically Zen school location called a "dojo"...
For myself, because I tend to think about the Dharma probably more through Chinese (and Sanskrit) than English, that "Zen Master" --> 禪師 is really almost any "meditation specialist", and that "dojo" --> 道場 is the term that is now given to almost any Buddhist monastery or temple, but really means the site in which one attains awakening (bodhi-maṇḍa).
Q: Does a meditation specialist
have a place of awakening
or particular place for ritual meditation ...?
A: Wherever one meditates, that is their place of awakening
See Vimalakirti sutra: "The straight mind is the place of awakening. ..." etc.
《維摩詰所說經》卷1〈4 菩薩品〉：「我問：『道場者何所是？』答曰：『直心是道場...」(CBETA, T14, no. 475, p. 542, c14-p. 543, a7)
But, as is probably well known on this Forum already, my perspective on "Zen" is not the usual Western (American?) one.