Videos about the Meditation Dome

There are two nice videos about how the earthbag Meditation Dome that was featured in yesterday’s post was built. Even though the titles are in Chinese, they explain a lot about the refinements of how they fashioned this extremely precise work of art. Enjoy!


An Earthbag Meditation Dome in Taiwan


I recently got an email from Sunny Tsai, a Chinese professor of architecture (now retired) with an update on a lovely meditation dome he and some 1400 Buddhist volunteers have just completed in Taiwan. He says that “To reach my idea of carbon reduction and sustainability, I avoided using all kinds of industrial materials and used only a minute quantity of cement. The dome is 6 meters in diameter. To people’s surprise, the interior space looks so wide and comfortable. It’s super cool and the Monks can enjoy the atmosphere of quite and peacefulness. One summer day at noon we surveyed the temperature, and found a 6 degree (Centigrade) difference between the interior and outdoors.”

I have posted a page about this project at where you can see lots more photos of the dome being built.

Cheap and Easy Solar Heater

Cheap and Easy Solar Heater by Vela Creations

Cheap and Easy Solar Heater by Vela Creations

“The unit takes one person two days to construct, one day to install, and costs under $100. The temperature inside the unit easily reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit on a 50-degree day, and can be blown into the house using a fan that pulls less electricity than a light bulb.” Read more from > Cheap and Easy Solar Heater

Recipe for Hope

It is my honor to introduce Dr. Jerry Epps, my friend’s poverty reduction plan. He helped inspire me as I developed the Take it to Zero and Rosetta Interactive Library projects (both still in early start-up stages) as I helped inspire his Recipe for Hope project.

“The goal of Recipe for Hope is to End Poverty (at least 80% or more of it) by creating the economic conditions that enable families to have more money to spend and thereby move out of poverty into the working class. Read more from > Recipe for Hope