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. 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 be devoid of any electronic signals. They would also need a support system that would supply 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, 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.

This is the foundation of a single dome that was used as part of a training video from Cal Earth. The required equipment (tampers, shovels, and wheelbarrows) are shown along with the rolls of plastic tubing and barbed wire used in construction and the pile of earth that will go into the tubes to form the walls.

This is the foundation of a single dome that was used as part of a training video from Cal Earth. The required equipment (tampers, shovels, and wheelbarrows) are shown along with the rolls of plastic tubing and barbed wire used in construction and the pile of earth that will go into the tubes to form the walls.

 

A meditation dome at Cal Earth.

A meditation dome at Cal Earth.

Another partially finished adobe dome with an attached dome. The main dome is larger than what is proposed for our Meditation Caves.

Another partially finished adobe dome with an attached dome. The main dome is larger than what is proposed for our Meditation Caves.

Several prototype single adobe domes at Cal Earth.

Several prototype single adobe domes at Cal Earth.

An eight-foot dome that is a sleeping niche of a single ecodome that would be very similar to our proposed Meditation Caves in style and scale. The collections of balls on the right serve as steps to enable you to climb on roof. The metal is a trellis for vines that can provide privacy and shade.

An eight-foot dome that is a sleeping niche of a single ecodome that would be very similar to our proposed Meditation Caves in style and scale. The collections of balls on the right serve as steps to enable you to climb on roof. The metal is a trellis for vines that can provide privacy and shade. Brandon, one of the instructors at Cal Earth, is around six-foot, to give you an idea of scale.