Life and death are the great matter. Be watchful of your time. All is impermanent and passes swiftly away. Time waits for no one.

Welcome to the templestay at the Eremita Zen Temple in Einsiedeln. A small place (max. 5 Persons) for contemplating on the true self through a very simple hermitagelike life-style. Only through your determined and thorough examination of body and mind, worth and harmony can be formed. The Great Way is gateless, approached in a thousand ways. Once past this checkpoint you stride through the universe.

You and everyone with sincere intention is welcome to come and to leave anytime. You are welcome to stay months, weeks, a few days, some hours or just visit to have a coffee as it suits you. The templegates are always open!


Eremita Zen Temple

  • 05:00     Meditation
  • 05:45     Breakfast
  • 07:00     Modul
  • 09:00     Teatime
  • 12:00     Lunch
  • Afternoon is free
  • 18:00     Dinner
  • 19:15     Meditation (2x 45 min)
  • 22:00     Lights out

Modul (not freely selectable): Zen Meditation, Hiking, Work, Cleaning, Cooking, Gardening, Self study, etc. The schedule can vary.


NEED TO READ BEFORE YOUR STAY. We eat what will be served (vegetables, meat, fish, etc.) The Zen 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.


If you want to stay longer than five months it is possible to become a staff member from the fith month on and have an expense free stay (from the fith month). Please contact us for further questions.


Here you will find the most important questions and answers about templestay, the Zen Academy and Zen temples.

  • Please read the etiquette and key questions and answers about your stay thoroughly.
  • If you want to practice in the temple for more than a week, contact the respective temple via the contact form and by phone (short stays contact form only).
  • Pay the Oblations before your stay.
Day Off

Thursday is a day off and there is no daily schedule.


Thank you for helping us to offer a place for meditation and emptiness.

50 CHF/ day

300 CHF/ week

700 CHF/ month

advanced payment

All oblations are in Swiss Francs (tourist taxes included).
Repeaters and children will have a price reduction. Thank you for your understanding. See our donation site here.


Zen Monk M. Reding

In the year 2015 we opened the gates to the public. After ten years of continuous reexamination of the words and actions of the wise and holy Ones in japanese and south-korean zen monasteries, Zen Monk M. Reding founded, in mutual reliance with the clergy and laity, the Insopor Zen Academy in Switzerland in 2014.

He absolved a pilgrimage through Japan (3000 miles) doing traditional almsround as a way of thanks for the ten-year training as a zen monk.

As founder and head monk he is in charge of the Honora Zen monastery in Reichenburg and the Eremita Zen temple in Einsiedeln.


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


Eremita Zen Temple
Zen Monk M. Reding
Etzelstrasse 38
8840 Einsiedeln

Phone: +41 78 408 10 89

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