Zen Academy


Welcome to the Zen Academy in Switzerland! 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 Insopor Zen Academy Our purpose is to awaken each and everyone's true nature and to share compassion with the community.

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



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!


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 Zen Pilgrimage in Europe & Switzerland 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 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.



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


Eremita Zen Temple

Eremita Zen Temple Einsiedeln


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


Zen Monk M. Reding

Honora Zen Monastery

Honora Zen Monastery in Switzerland


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 M. Reding

Lambda Zen Temple

Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus Switzerland


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 A. Lafon



Zen in der Zentralschweiz, Interview mit der Weltwoche.

Luzerner Zeitung

Zen Mönch in der Luzernerzeitung


Zen Mönch im TeleZüri

Kath. Medienzentrum

schweizer Zen Mönch

Friedhof Forum Zürich

Friedhof Forum der Stadt Zürich und der Zen Mönch

Kultur Forum

Keynote Speaker Zen Monk Reding


Zen Mönch Reding im brautmagazin

Bestattungsamt Basel

Zen Mönch Reding als Trauerredner beim Bestattungswesen der Stadt Zürich

Bestattungen Zürich

Zen Mönch Reding als Trauerredner in der Schweiz

Zürichsee Zeitung

Zürichsee Zeitung Zen Mönch

Züri Serie

Zen Kloster im TeleZüri


Zen Mönch Lafon in der Südostschweiz

3Sat - Heavens Talk

Zen Mönch Reding im 3sat auf facebook.

Vivai Magazine

Zen Mönch Reding im Vivai Magazin

Der Pilger

pilgerweg des Zen im Pilger Magazin

Coop Zeitung

Zen Kloster Schweiz im coop magazin


Zen Monk Reding founded the Zen Monastery in Switzerland. He leads the retreat 7 days.

Zen Monk M. Reding

In the year 2016 we opened the gates to the public. 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 M. Reding founded, in mutual reliance with the clergy and laity, the Insopor Zen Academy in Switzerland in 2014.

He absolved a pilgrimage through Japan (3000 miles) doing traditional almsround as a way of thanks for the ten-year training as a zen monk.

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 Lafon founded the Lambda Zen Temple in Switzerland. He leads the retreat 7 days.

Zen Monk A. Lafon

Zen Monk A. Lafon has lived for years as Digital Nomad with only a backpack. After many years of formal daily Zen practice and an ordination in 2011, he joined Insopor Zen Academy in 2015. He is currently the abbot of the Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus.

He also works as a lecturer at ZHAW School of Engineering and builds software products at his company 200ok GmbH to facilitate digital education.



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 (company registration CHE-364.380.310). It is politically and religiously neutral. In the lucky year 2014 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.


The Insopor Zen Akademie 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?

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 Monastery in Reichenburg, Zen Monk M. Reding (Founded 2016)
  • Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus, Zen Monk A. Lafon & M. Bieri (Founded 2017)
Acquisition of Means

or 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.

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.


Ordained Zen Nuns & Zen Monks of the Insopor Zen Academy are the lifelong members. We are politically and denominationally independent and are subject to the Swiss legislation.

Zen Nun & Zen Monk

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.



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

In Zen, true awareness is not teachable in the usual sense. It can only be experienced beyond words and traditional teachings, because the core of Dharma can not be grasped in an intellectual way. The teacher needs to be an example and incentive for the student; he can show him techniques and ways to enlightenment, though in the end, the student has to attain it through his own effort.

In the beginning was the Logos, and the Living Word was with God, and the Word was God. If you understand there is no way to say it, then, you should understand how to say it, because in the beginning was the word. Zen is the way to eradicate confusion, not a way to teach. Zen Master Pohwa Sunim


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 山道庵禪士

Zen Temples of the Zen Academy


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
E-Mail: info@zen-tempel.ch

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