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Meditation Dome, Dhyana Mandiram Ashram, Pine County, Minnesota, 1974

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  • Swami's Dome was published in SHELTER, by Lloyd Kahn and Bob Easton, in 1973. See: http://www.amazon.com/Shelter-Lloyd-Kahn/dp/0936070110/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265834060&sr=1-1
    Swami's Dome was published in SHELTER, by Lloyd Kahn and Bob Easton, in 1973. See: http://www.amazon.com/Shelter-Lloyd-Kahn/dp/0936070110/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265834060&sr=1-1
  • Swami's Dome was published in SHELTER, by Lloyd Kahn and Bob Easton, in 1973. See: http://www.amazon.com/Shelter-Lloyd-Kahn/dp/0936070110/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265834060&sr=1-1
    Swami's Dome was published in SHELTER, by Lloyd Kahn and Bob Easton, in 1973. See: http://www.amazon.com/Shelter-Lloyd-Kahn/dp/0936070110/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265834060&sr=1-1
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In the Summer of 1972 , I was studying Raja Yoga meditation with Pandit Usharbudh Arya (now, Swami Veda Bharati) in Minneapolis. The group I was studying with decided to buy land in Pine County and build an ashram for intensified study of yoga and meditation in the peaceful northern Minnesota forest. When Panditji's Guru, HHS Swami Rama, visited us from India that summer, I designed this modest reception dome for his stay with the ashram. Prof. Ralph Walde, University of Minnesota Mathematics Department, helped me with dimensional calculations for the triangular geometry. Members of the Dhyana Mandiram community prefabricated the dome in the city, and assembled it at the ashram without power tools. During the winter of the following year, while the ashram was vacated, beavers from the nearby stream attacked the dome to get the salt in the plywood, and the structure collapsed. This was a great lesson for a young architect!

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