INITIATION - ADULTHOOD
The initiation into adulthood is an expression of our gratitude for the protection we received from the family, the godparents and the society until adulthood. The ceremony gives this phase of life (to be a full member of the society, adulthood) a clerical, formal and public framework to consciously carry out and process this important life event. The adult acquires the necessary skills and knowledge that enable him to make the decisions necessary for his life and advancement independently and on his own responsibility. Only through continuous re-examination of life and death (meditation) can these skills deepen. Going out into the world and killing the dragon begins by accepting your own shadow.
A person who conquers the self, is greater than one who conquers thousands in battle.
Your Adulthood Initiation Ceremony
In preparation for the ceremony the candidates will have a Meditation Week at the Zen Monastery.
For more specific information regarding duration of the initiation ceremony, schedule, additional texts and speeches, we will gladly discuss it with you personally.
We will recite the “Logos from the Heart” and give a short speech.
The confirmation candidates bow respectively in front of family, the godparents and the guests (representing the society) in order to express their gratitude for the help and care that they have received adulthood.
To symbolize the transience of life and death, each of those present can burn a pinch of incense at the end of the ceremony.
Please note that the number of participants does not matter.
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.