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The Diamond Mountain Blog

This is an unofficial blog of news and info from Diamond Mountain University and Retreat Center which was founded by Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of the Dalai Lamas.

Friday, July 23, 2004

Adobe Stacking Begins!

Yesterday we began the stacking of adobe blocks for the first time. We are starting on the bathroom/shower room that is located next to the temple site. We made some good progress in our first day getting about 3 1/2 courses (layers) finished. If all goes well we could have the wall at full height within two weeks. Photos to come shortly. I just have to get them from David P.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Bagged Earth House

This is the first of hopefully many bagged earth houses to get started. This layout is a single room intended for retreat purposes. The idea is to build around 30 of these cottages over the next couple years scattered around DM's 1000 acres for people to do their retreats. For more info on the technology check out Cal-Earth.

Filing bag at the first bagged earth cottage
David trying out the newly installed window
Me checking the view
The bagged earth crew... on this day
The house
Jamie working while I inspect Kat's jewelry
Jamie and Kat hard at work
Tamping, one level at a time
A row of windows

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Temple Foundation

The temple foundation one day after the first pour.

Campground Images

The DM campground is a beautiful place. There are 5 yurts total. 2 large, 2 small, and a community/kitchen yurt. There is running water at outdoor taps and some restroom facility. But too bad for all our laptop users there is no electricity. If you are considering camping at DMU for the fall quarter be prepared, it may not be easy for you. Email Eric (embrinkman@hotmail.com) or Earle (shunyata@vtc.net) for questions.