30 March 2021

It's been a long, long, lonely winter. But the sun is back! On 29 March, the "Rule of Six" returned outdoors. Groups of larger than six from a maximum of two households are also be allowed to...

Maitreya zen 023This was our first visit to the Maitreya Buddhist Garden. It's about a half hour drive from Lincoln, and close to the River Trent. It is the lifetime's work of Buddha Maitreya, a Japanese monk, who makes a great scone, incidentally. The garden was somewhat stressed due to the heat and dry weather, but still very impressive.

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Below is a brief description of the garden that I found on the Things to do in Nottinghamshire website:

"Pure Land, the garden, was born in 1973 as a base for the teaching of meditation and provides a peaceful and beautiful garden for guests and visitors to the centre to enjoy.

The area was originally two acres of flat field and wilderness and work began in 1980 to transform the site into the beautiful garden it is today. The atmosphere of the garden reflects Maitreya's meditation teaching - self awareness, peace and harmony with nature. Winding paths follow around rocks, and traditional Japanese features such as bridges, moss, bamboos, cloud topiary and stone lanterns combine to form a garden which has a different view from every twist and turn of the path. Water forms an integral part of the design with a large pool with beautiful carp. In 2013, the world's first crystal garden was opened within the Japanese garden, the essence of which is to bring awareness of the beauty of Life and the miracle of creation."

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