Mountain Week - Intensive Zen Retreat

The training week commemorating enlightenment. Through these seven days we rarely leave the meditating posture, even to lie down. The activities of the week consist entirely of meditation. There will be a winter and a summer Intensive Zen Retreat. You are welcome to stay the whole week or just a few days as it suits you. The templegates are always open!

Walking, I reach the place where streams run out; sitting, I see the moment when the clouds arise.

Seven days count as one!

  • Zen Meditation: We take a deep breath and ponder the imponderable. Sit relaxed and penetrate the deep of the deepness. 60 min sitting. When it is painful, just slowly and quietly relax your limbs or stand up walk a bit and then sit down again. Take it easy!
  • Hiking Meditation: We will walk about 1 hour to the next sitting place during the intensive zen retreat.
  • Logos: A student asked Master Yunmen, “When this student didn’t raise a thought, is there still a sin or not?”  The Master said, “Matterhorn!” Why did he say so? If you know the answer come and check it out.  Don't discuss this with others, it is neither helping you nor them. Anytime let's have tea and an interview!


Meetup Group. iCal or Outlook.


  • 04:00  Meditation
  • 05:30 Daily Cleaning
  • 06:00 Breakfast
  • Sit N Go
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • Sit N Go
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Meditation
  • 21:00 Break
  • 22:00 Meditation
  • 23:00 Snack
  • 24:00 Break
  • 01:00 Meditation
  • 03:00 Break
  • 04:00 Meditation
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Determination! Outdoor clothes, hiking shoes, hiking things..


Guest and host interchange.

We eat what will be served.
The retreat schedule may be changed. Handle tools, books, etc. carefully. Don't use tools without noticing the head monk or tutor. Respect the hierarchy of the Zen Academy. The Zen Temple takes no responsibility for accidents and illnesses during the stay. If you have allergies please inform the cook beforehand. Smoke outside. The quarters are located in a very old house (woodheating only). Reduce your personal needs and speech to a minimum.

Zen Etiquette

Guest and host interchange.

The temple etiquette gives a framework to consciously carry out and process your own words and actions. They intend to make human coexistence smooth and pleasant. Because the life at the zen temple is completely supported by donations (food, all items and money), we do not waste anything.


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Honora Zen Monastery
Ussbergstrasse 26
8864 Reichenburg

Tel.: +41(0)78 408 10 89