Zen in Switzerland

Zen in Switzerland refers to the tradition of monasticism, which has been practiced for centuries by patriarchs and matriarchs, and continues this for countless generations.

In which house is there no clear moon and pure wind?

Monks / Nuns

Where are we? Who are we? We have no place to lay our heads on, like drifting clouds and flowing waters. Our purpose is to awaken everyones true nature and offer a refuge for meditation and a place to reexamine the wisdom words of the Holy and Wise Ones. When there is an obstacle in our way,  we gather and re-examine inside and outside until we finally see the true nature. Through endless investigation and clarification we strive forward. Householder and the homeless in mutual dependence, reach the true path! Who is the true householder and the homeless?

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. For what is acquired by external circumstances must perish in the end. Monks and nuns are denominational because they are not representatives of any political system.

Zen in Switzerland

Monasticism in Switzerland

From heart to heart to reexamine life & death with body & mind, that is the basic pillar of monasticism. The gates of Zen in Switzerland were widely opened long ago by monks such as Fridolin von Säckingen († 538), Meinrad von Einsiedeln († 861) and Brother Klaus (Niklaus von Flüe † 1487).

What is Zen in Switzerland?


Zen in Switzerland: The Zen Monks & Zen Nuns believe in the individual’s ability to enlightenment! They promote and preserve monasticism without doctrine.

Tradition of Zen in Switzerland.


Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.

“Thou shalt! Thou shalt not!” is none of our business. We are politically and denominationally independent and are subject to the Swiss legislation.

Origin of Zen

Who established Zen and when? You did it 3 seconds ago.

Insopor Zen Academy

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. In 2558 BE, 2014 CE,  1435 AH, 平成26, 4347 韓國  we opened our gates to the public. The Zen academy is a place for refuge and meditation. You are welcome to stay at our Zen Temples anytime.

Goal & Purpose

The association aims at “advancement of awareness of the absolute reality“. It pursues this higher goal primarily through:

  • Achievement of pure and harmonic elightenment such as the holy and wise Ones of this world have passed down through the clear patriarchal zen lineage.
  • Sharing of true love and empathy with all human beings.
  • Releasing all beings from the suffering of life and death.
  • Imparting of meditative ways of living.
  • Building places of emptiness and contemplation, namely Zen Temples.

The association does neither pursue comercial purposes nor profits. The deputies act in an honorary capacity.

Zen Temples

The association uses its means as follows:

  • It builds and maintains the infrastructure of the association for work, living and education, namely zen temples.
  • It provides the zen temples free of charge to the members in order to fulfill the goal of the association.
  • It can acquire real estate if this should seem beneficial for the fulfillment of the goal of the association.

The Insopor Zen Academy runs and keeps its Zen Temples as important infrastructure for the members and as an extraordinary offering for meditation. The Zen Temples of the Insopor Zen Academy are places of quietness and emptiness for various target groups and are open for all. They are both a symbol of identification for the members and an important offering for people who want to meditate. The business will basically be conducted after economic criteria. Its main feature is the simple character of accommodation and traditional swiss style. The expertise of the tutors (leader of the Zen Temple) is of great importance. The Insopor Zen Academy has to conclude a tenancy agreement or an equivalent agreement with the tutor.

  • Eremita Zen Temple in Einsiedeln, Zen Monk M. Reding (Founded 2015)
  • Honora Zen Temple in Reichenburg, Zen Monk M. Reding (Founded 2016)
  • Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus, Zen Monk A. Lafon & M. Bieri (Founded 2017)

Acquisition of Means

For the fulfillment of the goal, the association has access to the following means:

  • Income from its own events.
  • Income from the associations store.
  • Income from contracts.
  • Donations and contributions (gifts, last wills etc.).

The accounting year correlates with the calendar year.


Ordained Zen Nuns & Zen Monks of the Insopor Zen Academy are the lifelong members.

Zen Temple Fund

A Zen Temple fund exists for the multi-year balance between the income from the Zen Temples. The fund, is deemed to be useful for the purpose of the association, acquire properties (Zen Temples) or support building projects of Zen Temples.

Student Fund

The student fund provides scholarships to domestic and foreign novices.

Organization Bank Account

The organization account is exclusively required for the wages of the staff and for the administrative expenses of the academy.

Zen Monk Reding founded the Honora Zen Monastey as a open gate for Zen in Switzerland.

Mountain Monk

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

In the monastery and on the marketplace (Vita Contemplativa & Vita Activa), your travel- and templemonks, brothers and sisters, from where do you see all the coming and going of things? Fast fast! Give me an answer, for life and death are the important things, be watchful, everything is impermanent and passes swiftly away. Time waits for no one.

As a simple mountain monk, I have scraped together this incomplete knowledge. May wise nuns and monks critically examine, improve, and expand it, so that countless generations can pass the two gates of zen in switzerland. From the deepest heart I bow and thank all my teachers, free from east and west, for their teachings, may they flourish in the hearts of men. If wish you all the best on the way!

Zen Monk Reding