It is perhaps better to diffuse, rather than to confuse.
Religious, cultural or spiritual references are easily misunderstood, and even misused by a variety of people.
In my dojo, we refer to the front of the dojo as the "Shomen", usually with a picture of the Founder, and emphasizing no religious, spiritual or obligatory connotations at all.
It is simply the focal point of attention to that training hour for all in willing attendance.
Last edited by aikishihan : 11-07-2010 at 08:39 AM.