Kodoan is a religious organization of men, women, & children who practice particular forms of Zen, Budo, & Yoga in order to
attain enlightenment. We do this to provide compassion and inspiration to others, as well as, to constantly improve our own
bodies, minds & spirits.
Kodoan is also a religious order whose members are either Dojin ("wayfarer" or someone who walks a specific path); fully
ordained priests with all of the rights and responsibilities associated with the priesthood or Shugyojin ("a person in
training"); members who are either "in-training" and assigned to a Dojin to learn or simply do not choose to be ordained.
Kodoan is a Japanese word meaning "temple of the ancient path". Members of the Kodoan use the Japanese language for
most terms for continuity because two thirds of their practice, Zen & Budo, were imported from Japan (although not
"originating" in Japan). Other languages (including the ancient Sanskrit) are occasionally used for some terms.
|Our lineage is presented as an historical record. It is not intended as a method of
"ownership" and, in fact, the teachers of the Kodoan founder rarely spoke of lineage. While
lineage was never a focus during training, there are still some who benefit from knowing the