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.
- In preparation for the ceremony the candidates will have a Mountainweek at the Zen Monastery.
- 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.
- For more specific information regarding duration of the initiation ceremony, schedule, additional texts and speeches, we will gladly discuss it with you personally.
- Please note that the number of participants does not matter.
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 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.
If you have any questions, please contact us via email or telephone and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Honora Zen Monastery
Phone: +41 78 408 10 89