Expansion Plans for Holy Vajrasana Temple & Retreat Center

DoubleEcodome Plan for Monastic Housing at Vajrasana TempleThe Holy Vajrasana Temple and Retreat Center is expanding and will be building a second temple and long-term retreat facility at the site of the Ancient Buddha Temple in southern California. The first structure will be a single adobe ecodome that will serve as our base of operation with a series of domes that will include small areas for sleeping and a kitchen and bath. This will hopefully be the first site for a local dharma center for the local community. More to follow on how you can build your own “hermit” meditation cave or help build the main double ecodomes for monks and laymen and for nuns and laywomen and how the proposed center may fit within the overall campus of the headquarters for H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha. There may also be opportunities to build small shops around the edge of the temple to provide souvenirs and services to the many who will come to visit this holy place.

Example of EcoDome built in Oman.

Example of EcoDome built in Oman.

The Eco-Dome is a concept of using ancient technologies to create domes from the local earth that are suited to the extremes in temperatures experienced in the high desert where these facilities will be located and are ecologically sustainable. The founder of these domes, Nader Khalili, who was an Iranian architect and Sufi mystic, envisioned “a world in which every person is empowered to build a safe and sustainable home with their own hands, using the earth under their feet.”  He developed the Cal-Earth Institute, a research and educational center in the Mojave Desert in Southern California, to experiment with this concept and to teach others how to build such structures. What follows are some models that he and his students developed at the Cal-Earth Institute.

Birdseye view of Hermit Meditation Cave.

Birdseye view of domes at Cal Earth that might be used as Hermit Meditation Cave.

Unfinished Model Hermit Cave/Dome.

Unfinished Model Hermit Cave/Dome.

Entry into model EcoDome at Cal-Earth Institute.

Entry into model EcoDome at Cal-Earth Institute.

Interior of Main Room at model EcoDome at Cal-Earth Institute.

Interior of Main Room at model EcoDome at Cal-Earth Institute.

Side View of Model EcoDome at CalEarth

Side View of Model EcoDome at CalEarth

View into Bed Pod from Main Hall.

View into Bed Pod from Main Hall of model ecodome.

EcoDome under construction at Cal-Earth Institute.

EcoDome under construction at Cal-Earth Institute.

Another smaller model dome at Cal-Earth that could be used as a Hermit Cave.

Another smaller model dome at Cal-Earth that could be used as a Hermit Cave.

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