A volunteer mission is a social, voluntary commitment of a person and is free of charge. Above all it serves the relief and support of Zen temples of the Zen Academy. During a volunteer mission, the volunteer will support a Zen temple for a period of time, but at least for sixth months, by volunteering to work on it. The Zen Temple provides food and lodging during this time. A volunteer mission allows all participants to get to know different people, life worlds and stories as well as to promote mutual understanding. By registering for an assignment, you agree to the terms of this policy.

You actively support the Zen Temple in their work and can withstand the sometimes hectic situations. You do not need any special knowledge for a templestay. It is important that you are prepared to carry out the work entrusted to you carefully and responsibly. It is not possible to bring children and pets to the temple. During a templestay, you live with the monks, nuns, and practitioners. This requires a willingness to integrate into everyday temple life and culture. A templestay is an enriching experience, but it is not synonymous with holidays. The Zen temples rely on your help after signing up. If there are any problems or ambiguities during the stay, do not hesitate to discuss them directly with the main monk / chief nun.

The Great Way is gateless, approached in a thousand ways. Once past this checkpoint you stride through the universe.

The volunteer templestay switzerland program at the Honora Zen Monastery.

  • You  are between 18 and 70 years old, physically fit and mentally resilient.
  • The previous participation in a 7-day retreat mandatory (chargeable).

The Zen Temple does not accept any liability in case of accidents or illnesses. the Practitioner in the Zen Temple is responsible for insurances (health insurance, liability insurance, etc.).


You will learn and use the daily routine in all zen temples of the Zen Academy. The travel expenses between the temples are covered by the academy.

Zen Temples

NEED TO READ BEFORE YOUR STAY. 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. They intend to make human coexistence smooth and pleasant.


Here you will find the most important questions and answers about templestay, the Zen Academy and Zen temples.

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If you want to stay longer than five months it is possible to become a staff member from the fith month on and have an expense free stay (from the fith month, 2500 CHF/ 4 months).


If you have any questions, please contact us via email or telephone and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

RTFM Please read the etiquette and key questions and answers about your stay thoroughly.

I have studied the introductory information, especially the daily schedule, the etiquette and the Q&A. I understand and accept them.
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Welcome to the volunteer templestay switzerland program.

Here you can find more information about the ordination as Zen Monk / Zen Nun. For further questions about the Volunteer Templestay Switzerland contact us at any time via a contact form on the homepage or call. We would be pleased to welcome you in one of our Zen temples. Visit for a cup of coffee, an evening meditation, for a short or long term templestay. The temple gates are always open and the daily routine continues. Examine and share Life & Death with the Zen Nuns and Zen Monks in Switzerland.