It has been requested that special isolated structures be built to house those who are ready to do long intense meditation retreats. They need to enable a person to live for years without any contact with the world, but still be close to the Buddha Master and/or other Vajra Masters for spiritual direction as needed. Anyone planning to do such a retreat would need certain approvals and receive the necessary initiations and Buddha-Dharma.
The caves would have small bathrooms and the means to cook very simple food and be devoid of any electronic signals. They would also need a support system that would replenish supplies and food as needed without any interaction necessary between supplier and the meditator. They would be quite small–eight-foot domes with an attached smaller dome for the RV-like bath. To the extent possible in a high desert climate they would rely on natural heating and cooling. The small “Emergency Shelters” developed by Cal Earth to provide immediate shelter to disaster victims around the world meet these criteria, only are a little large and without modern bathroom facilities. They are, however, designed to be mostly built of the earth located on the site using techniques that most people could follow. Cal Earth has on-line videos of these construction techniques and offers workshops with hands on experience. Click individual photos to enlarge. For inspiration, click to see a report on how Dorje Losang, an accomplished disciple of H.H Dorje Chang Buddha III, lived in an isolated cave in China.