The monthly Zen meditation retreat at Lambda Zen Temple is a three day meditation retreat, where we reexamine the true self through a very simple hermitagelike life-style.

You are welcome to stay the whole retreat, fewer days or just visit to have a tea. First-time visitors have to absolve the whole three days. The retreat starts monthly every third Friday at 10am (10:00) and ends Sunday at 3pm (15:00).

Everyone concentrates her consciousness on the given task while working. To work is to cleanse the mind. Work is an opportunity to meditate and become awakened to the real self. A small event in daily life can become an important moment of awareness for one who is in great darkness. Only through your determined and thorough examination of body and mind, worth and harmony can be formed.

Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus is an IT Zen Temple.




  • 10:00 Sitting Meditation (Zazen)
  • 12:30 Lunch, then informal tea
  • 13:30 Module
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • Break
  • 19:15 Sitting Meditation (Zazen)
  • 23:00 Lights Out


  • 4:00 Sitting Meditation (Zazen)
  • 5:45 Breakfast
  • 6:30 Walking Meditation, full-day hike (in any weather)
  • ~18:00 Dinner
  • 1h Break
  • ~19:15 Sitting Meditation (Zazen)
  • 22:00 Lights Out


  • 6:30 Sitting Meditation (Zazen)
  • 8:15 Breakfast
  • Module
  • Lunch
  • Cleanup and Packing
  • 14:00 Sitting Meditation (Zazen)
  • 15:00 End of retreat

Module (not freely selectable): Sitting Meditation (Zazen), Working, Cooking, Hiking, Gardening, IT Projects, Cleaning, etc. The schedule can vary.


Zen Monk Lafon founded the Lambda Zen Temple in Switzerland.

Zen Monk Abbot Alain M. Lafon

I have formally trained for 10 years under the venerable teachers Zen Monk Shō-Kan and Zen Monk Masan Doam. This training included stringent monastic practice, a strict daily meditation routine, conducting monthly 7-day retreats, ceremonies, pilgrimages, study trips to Korea and Japan, as well as co-financing and co-building two Zen Temples lead by my teachers.

Now, this work is complete. As thanks to my teachers and to pay their kindness forward, I have opened Lambda Zen Temple to the public for daily practice. From the deepest heart I bow and thank all my teachers, free from east and west.


Monika Bieri is leading the Zen meditation at the Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus.

Monika Bieri

Monika Bieri has a university degree in psychology and an additional degree as an art therapist. In her studio (malatelier-glarus.ch) she offers art therapy as well as painting according to Arno Stern.

Since 2013 she has been living in Zen dojos, respectively, at Lambda Zen Temple. Subsequently, she is co-leading daily meditation and monthly retreats.



Life and death are the great matter. Be watchful of your time. All is impermanent and passes swiftly away. Time waits for no one.


We eat what will be served and are grateful. The Zen temple etiquette gives a framework to consciously carry out and process your own words and actions. Inform yourself here about the etiquette.



Here you will find the most important questions and answers about templestay and Lambda Zen Temple.


250 CHF / Retreat (100 CHF / day)

Payment information is on the donation site. Pay before your stay to reserve your guest spot. In case of late arrival or early departure, there are no deductions.



We respect and follow the safeguards and the social distancing rules of the federal government and give our best to ensure the safety of all guests. Therefore, we continue to adapt the accepted number of guests and the daily schedule for every retreat.

For this reason, between 2020 and 2021, Lambda Zen Temple was closed for guests. We are happy that - thanks to vaccinations, tests and changes in policy - we are able to share the daily practice with the public, again.

If you have Covid symptoms, please stay at home. Your donation will convert into a voucher for a future retreat.


For the safety of the group, before coming to the retreat, please send us a copy of your valid Covid certificate. You are eligible for a Covid certificate if you have been vaccinated, have recovered from Covid itself or if you've done a test at a pharmacy. Self-tests are not valid.

For information on tests and vaccinations, please see the BAG website.


The monthly 3-day-retreat happens in the third week of the month. Here is the upcoming schedule:


To always be up to date, subscribe to our Meetup Group. You can also subscribe to the schedule using iCal or Outlook.

Lambda Zen Temple - Mountain Meditation



Lambda Zen Temple
Zen Monk Abbot Alain M. Lafon / Monika Bieri
Im Stützli 5
8750 Glarus

Phone: +41 76 405 05 67
(leave a message on the mailbox)

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