175-Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail: Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains

Show notes

In this episode we interview author Paul Barach about his epic journey on the 1200 km Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail in Japan. This was a trail I hadn’t heard of until talking with Paul and reviewing his book Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains : Misadventures on a Buddhist Pilgrimage but now it’s firmly on my to-do list. This is a great episode that showcases this Japanese pilgrimage trail and provides an insight into Paul’s adventure that is both informative and amusing.

Podcast Overview

  • Podcast Introduction
  • Episode Introduction (time index 0:01:44)
  • Shikoku Trail-an introduction (time index 0:02:44)
  • Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains : Misadventures on a Buddhist Pilgrimage Book (time index 0:38:20)
  • Gill and Tim trail discussion (time index 0:57:10)

Close (time index 1:12:00)

Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains : Misadventures on a Buddhist Pilgrimage Book

Read our book review here

Pauls Instagram address

Paul’s Instagram address

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Paul Barach on the Shikoku Pilgrimage, image by Paul Barach

Coast on the Shikoku Trail image by Paul Barach

Statue at a temple on the Shikoku image by Paul Barach

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Shikoku Pilgrimage Map. Shikoku Island Japan

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