FUNERAL

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.

Location
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.
Non-Denominational

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

Death

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!"

Legislation

"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.

Commemoration

We will guide you through a commemoration and remembrance ceremony. This can be held at the grave site, at our Honora Zen monastery or at a location of your choice. Contact us anytime for further questions.

PROCEDURE

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.

OBLATIONS

We suggest a donation of 700.- CHF or by agreement (plus expenses & voluntary temple donations). 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 M. Reding & zen monk A. Lafon to guide you through the ceremony, the oblation will be 2500.- CHF or by agreement (plus expenses & voluntary temple donations).

MASTER OF CEREMONY

Zen Monk M. 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.

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.

Zen Monk A. Lafon

Zen Monk A. Lafon

Zen Monk A. Lafon 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.

CONTACT

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

Address

Insopor Zen Academy
Headquarters
Sagenplatz 7
8840 Einsiedeln
Switzerland

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

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