templestay switzerland


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.

Before a potential templestay, completing a retreat is mandatory.

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.

The Honora Zen Monastery offers a templestay Switzerland program for lay people, zen monks and zen nuns.

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 Lafon founded the Lambda Zen Temple in Switzerland.

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 is leading the Zen meditation at the Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus.

Monika Bieri

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.

She has a degree in psychology and works as a certified Art therapist. She founded the studios MalTherapie Züri & MalAtelier-Glarus.


Here you will find the most important questions and answers about templestay and Lambda Zen Temple.


We eat what will be served and are grateful. The Zen temple etiquette gives a framework to consciously carry out and process your own words and actions. Inform yourself here about the etiquette.


Day Off

Friday is a day off and there is no daily schedule (except during the monthly retreat).


50 CHF/ day    350 CHF/ week    700 CHF/ month

See our donation site here.



Lambda Zen Temple
Zen Monk Abbot Alain M. Lafon / Monika Bieri
Im Stützli 5
8750 Glarus

Phone: +41 76 405 05 67
(leave a message on the mailbox)

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