ZEN PILGRIMAGE - SWITZERLAND

The first Zen Pilgrimage of Europe spans between Eremita Zen Temple in Einsiedeln and Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus. In Zen tradition the relationship between teacher and disciple is being expressed once a year through a formal greeting ritual. The disciple formally visits the teacher and both inquire about the well-being of the other. It is an expression of respect and thankfullness of sharing the path of Zen. The first Zen Pilgrimage in Europe & Switzerland originates from Zen Monk Abbot Reding and Zen Monk Abbot Alain M. Lafon.

Before the pilgrimage, a retreat in either Honora Zen Monastery or Lambda Zen Temple is mandatory.

zen pilgrimage switzerland

Walking, I reach the place where streams run out; sitting, I see the moment when the clouds arise.

Spring - Route

(Einsiedeln - Reichenburg - Glarus)

The pilgrimage takes place every year at the first weekend in may and leads from the Eremita Zen Temple over the Honora Zen Monastery to the Lambda Zen Temple. The Pilgrimage takes two days and leads through rough terrain. It will take place in any weather. It is also possible to hike only one stage.

Route 1

  • Meeting: Saturdaymorning 8 am at the Eremita Zen Temple
  • Start: Saturdaymorning
  • ca. 9 hour hiking
  • Honora Zen Monastery: Dinner & Sleepover

Eremita - Honora

Route 2

  • Meeting: Saturdayevening at the Honora Zen Monastery
  • Start: Sundaymorning
  • ca. 9 hour hiking
  • Lambda Zen Tempel: Dinner

Honora - Lambda

Autumn - Route

(Glarus - Reichenburg - Einsiedeln)

The autumn pilgrimage takes place every year on the first weekend of october and leads from the Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus to the Eremita Zen Temple in Einsiedeln. The Pilgrimage takes two days and leads through rough terrain. It will take place in any weather. It is also possible to hike only one stage.

Route 1

  • Meeting: Fridayevening at the Lambda Zen Temple
  • Start: Saturdaymorning
  • ca. 12 hour hiking
  • Honora Zen Monastery: Dinner & Sleepover

Lambda - Honora

Route 2

  • Meeting: Saturdayevening at the Honora Zen Monastery
  • Start: Sundaymorning
  • ca. 12 hour hiking
  • Eremita Zen Temple: Dinner

Honora - Eremita

Eremita Zen Temple - Einsiedeln

Eremita Zen Tempel

Eremita Zen Tempel
Sagenplatz 7
8840 Einsiedeln, Switzerland
Phone: +41 78 408 10 89

Honora Zen Monastery - Reichenburg

Honora Zen Monastery Switzerland

Honora Zen Monastery
Ussbergstrasse 26
8864 Reichenburg, Switzerland
Phone: +41 78 408 10 89

Lambda Zen Temple - Glarus

Lambda Zen Temple in Glarus Switzerland

Lambda Zen Temple
Im Stützli 5
8750 Glarus, Switzerland
Phone: +41 76 405 05 67

Equipment

  • Good hiking gear
  • Meals for the hikes (dinner & breakfast will be provided in each temple)
  • rain protection
  • no sleeping bag needed

Participation

You are very welcome to join. Please note that we take no responsibility for accidents and illnesses. The Pilgrimage is challenging and it may have snow on the route. Before the pilgrimage a retreat at the respective temple is mandatory.

Costs

120 CHF

See our donation site here.

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