Welcome to the templestay program.
For a tea, a private discussion, a day, multiple days or a longer stay, the Lambda Zen Temple is a place of emptiness and silence where the true self is contemplated through Zen meditation. The daily schedule is simple and formal. Everyone concentrates her consciousness on the given task while working. To work is to cleanse the mind. Work is an 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.
Please note that all residents of Lambda Zen Temple live a simple and ascetic life. Life in the temple is physically and mentally challenging. Everyone with sincere intention is welcome to come and to leave.
If you have already completed a retreat, you can inquire with the headmonk whether there is a templestay spot available and whether templestay will be an option for you.
Life and death are the great matter. Be watchful of your time. All is impermanent and passes swiftly away. Time waits for no one.
- 06:00 Meditation
- 06:45 Breakfast
- 07:15 Module
- 12:00 Lunch
- 13:00 Module
- 18:00 Dinner
- 19:00 Meditation
- 21:45 Lights out
Module: IT Projects, Meditation, Hiking, Gardening, Work, Cleaning, Cooking, Free time, etc.
Zen Monk Abbot Alain M. Lafon
I have formally trained for 10 years under the venerable teachers Zen Monk Shō-Kan and Zen Monk Masan Doam. This training included stringent monastic practice, a strict daily meditation routine, conducting monthly 7-day retreats, ceremonies, pilgrimages, study trips to Korea and Japan, as well as co-financing and co-building two Zen Temples lead by my teachers.
Now, this work is complete. As thanks to my teachers and to pay their kindness forward, I have opened Lambda Zen Temple to the public for daily practice. From the deepest heart I bow and thank all my teachers, free from east and west.
Monika Bieri has lived in Shogen Dojo for a good year and has lead the daily meditation and facilitated regular retreats. In 2015, she joined the Zen Academy and continued to lead daily meditation as well as facilitating regular retreats.