ZEN MONK REDING
The dog chases the ball, the tiger bites the thrower!
Days of Youth
First you do a decent education and then you can do whatever you want. Kathrin Reding (mother)
Born and raised in Zurich, he enjoyed life with his older sister. Following the maternal condition, Reding completed his apprenticeship as a laboratory assistant of chemistry at Empa Dübendorf with a vocational certificate (BMS). Thanks to the additional achievement of the Matura at the KME (Cantonal Matura School for Adults), the University was also open to him. After a few semesters of philosophy and mathematics at the University of Zurich, it was time to give in to the pursuit of inner emptiness with all its consequences and embark on the path of Zen. This desire developed slowly and organically during puberty, when he first came into contact with the logos (Zen dialogues) thanks to his mother.
Training / Years of travel / Apprenticeship
If you really have to do it, then do it. Niklaus Reding (Father)
In Japan, he was ordained by Zen monk Noritake Kotoku. After formal training in the Zen monastery Empukuji near Kyoto, he wandered from temple to temple to find a suitable teacher. He earned his living with the traditional almsround on the streets of Japan and helped with ceremonies in the temples of his monk brothers and sisters. Following the instruction of his dharma father Zen monk Kotoku, he visited the Zen monks and nuns in South Korea and studied with them. His time as a wandering monk was in an instant over when the exchange with Zen Master Powha Sunim began. Whether in the Hermitage, in the temple, in the mountains and in the monastery, the battlefield of wisdom was omnipresent with the Zen Master. As a personal assistant and student, the logos was reexamined around the clock and life on the side of the teacher did not allow for any carelessness.
Itinerant & begging Monk
As a appreciation for the ten-year training, Zen monk Reding made a pilgrimage in Japan through traditional almsround. From Wakkanai in the north of Hokkaido to Ishigaki-Jima in the south of Okinawa (3000 kilometers), he needed eight months and lived from hand to mouth. Every day, heading south, not knowing whether the food is enough and where the next sleeping accommodation is, he examined the life and death with the inhabitants of Japan. During the time as a traveling and begging monk, the monastery and the market place became one.
Curse of the village priest
Switzerland - Japan - South Korea - Whole World
If there is no difference between the monastery and the marketplace, you are truly close to the Way.
Although he did not know how long his education would last, he promised his sister on departure that he would assist his father in his old age. So Zen Monk Reding decided to settle in Einsiedeln in Switzerland and from then on enjoyed the cooking skills of his father together with his wife and children.
Back to the roots
As a simple monk he found shelter in an old, barren and cold attic. Unexpectedly, the first visitors and guests arrived and together life and death was reexamined. The foundation stone was laid and in 2014 the Zen Academy was founded in mutual trust between the laity and the clergy. Independent and free from East & West, the monks and nuns are committed to sharing their quest for inner emptiness for the benefit of all.
Zen Monks & Zen Nuns in Switzerland
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 磨山道庵禪士