ORDINATION - ZEN MONK & ZEN NUN
At whose house is there no bright moon and pure wind?
A zen monk and a zen 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 practitioner is called an ascetic. An ascetic training includes discipline, both in terms of thinking and willing and in terms of behavior.
ZEN MONK REDING
The dog chases the mudball, the tiger bites the thrower!
After ten years of continuous reexamination of the words and actions of the wise and holy Ones in japanese and south-korean zen monasteries, ordained 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.