Zen in the Cemetery


Welcome to Zen in the cemetery! For many people cemeteries are places with a meditative or even spiritual atmosphere. Novices and novices of Zen monasteries also seek out nightly cemeteries during their training in the hive to meditate there. The cemetery offers the opportunity to get to know a special kind of meditation in a special place.

The meditations take place in spring and autumn.

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


The cemetery Forum of the City of Zurich and the Zen Academy invited in September 2017 for the first time to an open meditation in the cemetery Sihlfeld.


In 2018, Bern was the first city in Switzerland to erect a burial ground for Buddhists at the Bremgarten Cemetery.


The cemetery am Hörnli is the largest cemetery in Switzerland. It was built from 1926 to 1932 as the central cemetery of the whole canton of Basel-Stadt in the municipality of Riehen.

St. Gallen

The cemetery Feldli in St. Gallen was built in 1874 and expanded in 1956. The geometric style of the design contains characteristic motifs of French garden art from the 17th and 18th centuries.


The crematorium, inaugurated in 1926, is located above Friedental Cemetery. Upstream is a spacious, terraced urn cemetery including the hall.


Open meditation in the Cemetery Totengut in the city of Chur. The oldest town in Switzerland and has a settlement history of over 5,000 years.

Zen in the cemetery was first held in the cemeter Sihlfeld in Zurich Switzerland.


It is recommended to bring a small mat or a pillow. In bad weather, please bring a rain cover or umbrella (for walking meditation).


Not necessary!


Collection at the end: Thank you for helping us to offer a place for meditation and emptiness.

078 408 10 89


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

Zen Monk Abbot Reding

Zen Monk Reding is the founder of zen in the cemetery in Switzerland.

Tel: +41(0)78 408 10 89

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Zen Monk Reding and the Friedhof Forum founded the Zen in the cemetery movement.

Here you can find more information about the ordination as Zen Monk / Zen Nun. For further questions about zen in the cemetery 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.