Funeral Speaker Zen Monk Switzerland


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.

funeral officiant zen monk Reding

Empty handed we come, empty handed we go.


Funeral Ceremony

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

For more specific information regarding duration of the ceremony, schedule, additional texts and speeches, we will gladly discuss it with you personally.

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.

Please note that the number of participants does not matter.

Funeral Speaker Zen Monk Switzerland
Funeral Speaker Zen Monk Switzerland

Zen Monk Abbot 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 Brother Marcel 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.

Funeral Speaker Zen Monk Switzerland

Zen Monk Abbot Alain M. Lafon

Zen Monk Brother Alain has lived for years as Digital Nomad with only a backpack. After many years of formal daily Zen practice and an ordination in 2011, he joined Insopor Zen Academy in 2015. He is currently the abbot of the Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus.

He also works as a lecturer at ZHAW School of Engineering and builds software products at his company 200ok GmbH to facilitate digital education.


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


The ceremony is non-denominational. Members of all faiths are welcome.


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.


We suggest a donation of  700 CHF or by agreement (plus expenses & voluntary temple donations).


Honora Zen Monastery
Ussbergstrasse 26
8864 Reichenburg

Phone: +41 78 408 10 89

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