VOLUNTEER TEMPLESTAY - SWITZERLAND

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

A volunteer mission is a social, voluntary commitment of a person or a group of people 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 two 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.

Conditions
  • You  are between 18 and 70 years old, physically fit and mentally resilient.
  • Take part in a 7-day retreat beforehand.

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.).

Locations

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
Etiquette

NEED TO READ BEFORE YOUR STAY. We eat what will be served (vegetables, meat, fish, etc.) 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.

Q&A

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

Staff with Donation

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).

CONTACT & REGISTRATION

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

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

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