In Zen, true awareness is not teachable in the usual sense. It can only be experienced beyond words and doctrinal teachings. Lineage Zen or patriarchal Zen is a special transmission of the “Living Word”, or “Logos“, outside doctrinal teachings and concepts from mind to mind, which has been reexamined and polished for over 2,500 years and will continue for untold generations. The Insopor Zen Academy in Switzerland refers to the tradition of monasticism, which has been practiced for centuries by monks & nuns, preserves and continues this.

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

Under the name “Insopor Zen Academy” exists a nonprofit association in terms of articles 60 ff. of the swiss civil code with domicile in Einsiedeln. It is politically and religiously neutral. The association aims at “advancement of awareness of the absolute reality“. It pursues this higher goal primarily through:

  • Achievement of pure elightenment such as the wise Ones have passed down through the clear patriarchal zen lineage.
  • Sharing of true empathy with all human beings.
  • Building places of emptiness and contemplation, namely Zen Temples.



You are welcome to stay months, weeks, a few days, some hours or just visit to have a coffee as it suits you. The templegates are always open! Eremita Zen Temple in Einsiedeln (easy), Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus (middle) or the Honora Zen Monastery in Reichenburg (intensive).


During consultation we reexamine living and dying from heart to heart. The dialogue takes place in a formal setting. Don't hesitate to ask questions you normally don't dare asking.

Daily Meditation

You are kindly invited for the daily meditation periods at the Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus.

Or you are welcome to join the evening meditation at the Eremita Zen Temple in Einsiedeln.


Retreat 1 Day

Once a month, there will be a one day zen retreat. Usually it will be on the third weekend of the month.

Retreat 7 Days

The zen meditation retreat is a monthly seven day retreat, where we reexamine the true self. You are welcome to stay the whole week or a few days or just visit to have a tea as it suits you.

Mountain Week

The training week commemorating enlightenment. Through these seven days we rarely leave the meditating posture, even to lie down. There will be a winter and a summer Intensive Zen Retreat.


Day of the Temple

You are most welcome to the day of the temple. The Insopor Zen Academy opens the gate once a year for the public.

Zen Pilgrimage

The first Swiss Zen Pilgrimage spans between Eremita Zen Temple in Einsiedeln and Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus. The pilgrimage takes place twice a year.

Digital Almsround

Welcome to the digital almsround (100 days crowdfunding, annually from early December to mid-March). Without the mutual support, there is no place of silence and emptiness possible.

Zen in the cemetery

The Friedhof Forum of the city of Zurich & the Insopor Zen Academy invite you to participate in an open meditation in the cemetery Sihlfeld. Annually in May & September.



A monk and a nun are always in the service of an ascetic existence; the striving for complete inner emptiness. The word “monk” means “alone,” because inner emptiness can not be realized by doctrinal teachings.


The program is based on education and training goals assessed by the Insopor Zen Academy. The 4 1/2 year program provides students with the prerequisites to take on high quality care of a zen temple in consideration of ethical and economic aspects.


A ceremony creates identity and is community-forming. It gives a phase of life a clerical, formal and public framework to consciously carry out and process important life events:
Baptism  / Confirmation  / Wedding  / Divorce  / Blessings  / Funeral

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


Eremita Zen Temple

Eremita Zen Tempel


Consultation at the Eremita Zen Temple in Einsiedeln. We are a small place for contemplating on the true self.


Zen Monk Marcel Reding

Honora Zen Monastery


Meditation, templestay, monthly retreats and the mountainweek at the Honora Zen Monastery in Reichenburg. A place for contemplating on the true self. You and everyone with sincere intention is welcome at the zen monastery.


Zen Monk Marcel Reding

Lambda Zen Temple

Lambda Zen Temple


The Lambda Zen Temple, an IT Zen Temple. For IT Specialists and Zen practitioners who are interested in a longterm templestay program connected also to IT activities.


Zen Monk Alain Lafon



Luzerner Zeitung


Kath. Medienzentrum

Friedhof Forum Zürich

Kultur Forum


Bestattungsamt Basel

Bestattungen Zürich

Zürichsee Zeitung

Züri Serie


3Sat - Heavens Talk

Vivai Magazine

Der Pilger

Coop Zeitung


Zen Monk Marcel Reding

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 Marcel Reding founded, in mutual reliance with the clergy and laity, the Insopor Zen Academy in Switzerland in 2014.

As founder and head monk he is in charge of the Honora Zen monastery in Reichenburg and the Eremita Zen temple in Einsiedeln.


Zen Monk Alain M. Lafon

Zen Monk Alain Lafon

Zen Monk Alain M. Lafon has lived for three years as Digital Nomad with only a backpack. After many years of formal daily Zen practice and an ordination in 2011, he lead the daily meditation as well as retreats. In 2015 he joined the Insopor Zen Academy.

Alain also works as a lecturer at ZHAW School of Engineering and builds software products like to facilitate digital education.



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


Insopor Zen Akademie
Sagenplatz 7
8840 Einsiedeln

Phone: +41 78 408 10 89

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