Crescent moon

Bent to the shape

Of the cold.

Issa

This is part of the sodo or meditation hall where I am sitting with another monk to assist me. All the other monks meditate and sleep in the inner room. The big fish hanging from the ceiling is called gyoku and is hit before an eating time. Breakfast is eaten on the meditation platform in oryoki style, a set of rules how and when to eat.

  

   
Gyoku