In Zen, true awareness is not teachable in the usual sense. It can only be experienced beyond words and doctrinal teachings. Lineage Zen or patriarchal Zen is a special transmission of the “Living Word”, or “Logos“, outside doctrinal teachings and concepts from mind to mind, which has been reexamined and polished for over 2,500 years and will continue for untold generations. The Insopor Zen Academy in Switzerland refers to the tradition of monasticism, which has been practiced for centuries by monks & nuns, preserves and continues this.

The dog chases the mudball, the tiger bites the thrower!

Under the name “Insopor Zen Academy” exists a nonprofit association in terms of articles 60 ff. of the swiss civil code with domicile in Einsiedeln. It is politically and religiously neutral. The association aims at “advancement of awareness of the absolute reality“. It pursues this higher goal primarily through:

  • Achievement of pure elightenment such as the wise Ones have passed down through the clear patriarchal zen lineage.
  • Sharing of true empathy with all human beings.
  • Building places of emptiness and contemplation, namely Zen Temples.


The Great Way is gateless, approached in a thousand ways. Once past this checkpoint you stride through the universe.

Eremita Zen Temple (Einsiedeln)

Eremita Zen Tempel


Zen Monk Marcel Reding (Founder, 2015)

Honora Zen Temple (Reichenburg)


Zen Monk Marcel Reding (Founder, 2016)

Lambda Zen Temple (Glarus)

Lambda Zen Temple

Headmonk & Tutor

Zen Monk Alain Lafon & Tutor Monika Bieri (Founder, 2017)



Luzerner Zeitung


Kath. Medienzentrum

Friedhof Forum

Kultur Forum


Bestattungsamt Basel Stadt

Bestattungsamt Stadt Zürich



Zen Monk Marcel Reding

After ten years of continuous reexamination of the words and actions of the wise and holy Ones in japanese and south-korean zen monasteries, ordained Zen Monk M. Reding founded, in mutual reliance with the clergy and laity, the Insopor Zen Academy in Switzerland in 2014.


Zen Monk Alain M. Lafon

Zen Monk Alain Lafon

Zen Monk Alain M. Lafon has lived for three years as Digital Nomad with only a backpack. After many years of formal daily Zen practice and an ordination in 2011, he moved into the Shogen Dojo in Zurich and lead the daily meditation as well as retreats. In 2014, he joined Zen Monk Marcel Reding when the Insopor Zen Academy was found.

Alain also works as a lecturer at ZHAW School of Engineering and builds software products like collecture.io to facilitate digital education.



If you have any questions, please contact us via email or telephone and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.


Insopor Zen Akademie
Sagenplatz 7
8840 Einsiedeln

Phone: +41 78 408 10 89
E-Mail: info@zen-tempel.ch

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