Empty handed we come, empty handed we go.

A formal funeral ceremony gives the relatives a public framework to consciously carry out and process the event of death. All of us will pass away eventually as a part in the natural process of birth, old-age and death and that we should reexamine the impermanence of life.


The student asked the monk: "Monk, what is after death?" The Monk: "I don't know. "Why don't you know, you are a monk!" Then the monk replied: "Yes, but I'm not a dead monk!"

On Site: Whether a church funeral (only if the church community allows it), cremation, burial at sea, natural funeral or burial alternative, determine the location that is most suitable for you.

"Thou shalt! Thou shalt not!" is none of our business. We are politically and denominationally independent and are subject to the Swiss legislation. Our zen monks and zen nuns give your ceremony a formal and public character and a blessing. Please note the Swiss legislation in a event of death.


Since there are no compulsory and complex rituals for the ceremony, we will determine its sequences in accordance with your wishes.

  • We will recite the “Logos from the Heartfor the deceased and the relatives and give a short speech. The recited text will be handed out to you and includes the dates of the 49th and 100th day after the extinction of the deceased.
  • To symbolize the impermanence of life and death, each of those present can burn a pinch of incense in front of the grave.
  • For more specific information regarding duration of the ceremony, schedule, additional texts and speeches, we will gladly discuss it with you personally.
  • Please note that the number of participants does not matter.
  • At the 49th / 100th day and anniversary after the extinction, we have a small memorial service at our Zen Temple to which you are warmly invited.
  • If desired, we will remind you of the 49th / 100th day and anniversary by mail or email.


We suggest a donation of  900.- CHF or by agreement (without templestay & travel expenses). Every single donation is very welcome and will be diligently used for the Zen Temple and enables us to provide a place for meditation.


If you like to have zen monk Marcel Reding & zen monk Alain Lafon to guide you through the ceremony, the oblation will be 2500.- CHF or by agreement (without templestay & travel expenses).


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 Marcel 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 lead the daily meditation as well as retreats. In 2015 he joined the Insopor Zen Academy. Now, he is head monk of the Lambda Zen Temple.



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 Academy
Sagenplatz 7
8840 Einsiedeln

Phone: +41 78 408 10 89

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