Shikoku, Day 38

Crescent moon

Bent to the shape

Of the cold.


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.



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Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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  1. Traude, Thank you for continuing to share your journey. I am guessing that you sleep well at night after an exhausting day of travel on foot. For the first two months that I was in Japan, I was so tired partly I think because my brain was working overtime to drink in all the newness of culture and the language. I hope you are in great health and can feel re-energized each day. Love, Chris

    • Chris, thank you so much for sharing your experience in Japan. If I would be out there in everyday so busy Japan, having to reorient myself every day to a very foreign way of life, than it would be totally exhausting (like in the first couple of weeks). But now it is different – my experience is very much body centered, especially now, spending one full week in the Zen monastery Zuioji. Everything has to be embodied first and with patience for oneself because it is impossible for the mind to remember all the rules. Therefore, I am sleeping very well and I am very re-energized.

  2. Hallo meine Liebe Freundin ich bewundere deine Bilder🌺 Dich und deinen Mut🌺 Ich wünsche dir weiter alles gute auf deinen Weg🌺Alles liebe Silvia


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