Zen Monastery Meditation Switzerland


Welcome to the Honora Zen Monastery in Switzerland.

The Honora Zen Monastery is a place for contemplating on the true self through a very simple hermitagelike life-style. Everyone concentrates his consciousness on the given task while working. To work is to cleanse the mind. Work is a opportunity to meditate and become awakened to the real self. A small event in daily life can become an important moment of awareness for one who is in great darkness. Only through your determined and thorough examination of body and mind, worth and harmony can be formed. Our purpose is to awaken each and everyone's true nature and to share compassion with the community. The Great Way is gateless, approached in a thousand ways. Once past this checkpoint you stride through the universe.

The Honora Zen Monastery welcomes you to the templestay program.

The dog chases the ball, the tiger bites the thrower!


You are welcome to stay months, weeks or a few days at the Zen monastery. The templestay is physically and mentally challenging. Please inquire whether there are still places available.

Before a templestay, a 7 day retreat is mandatory. 

Mountain Week

The meditation Week (january & august) commemorating Enlightenment. Through these seven days we rarely leave the meditating posture, even to lie down.


We eat what will be served (vegetables, meat, fish, etc.) and be grateful. The Zen temple etiquette gives a framework to consciously carry out and process your own words and actions.

Staff & Volunteer

If you want to stay longer than five months it is possible to become a staff member (volunteer) from the fith month on and have an expense free stay (from the fith month). Or you can do your regular work during the temple stay. Please inquire whether there are still places available.


Here you will find the most important questions and answers .

Zen Meditation Switzerland

Zen Monk Abbot Reding

In the year 2016 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 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.


    I have studied the introductory information, especially the daily schedule, the etiquette and the Q&A. I understand and accept them.