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A Week in South Africa

posted 7 Apr 2019, 00:29 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 9 Apr 2019, 11:49 ]

I have just returned from a weeks stay at the Drakondale Girls Choir School in South Africa. The school has recently moved in to new larger premises surrounded by a campus of extensive lawns and large mature trees. The day after I arrived the girls choir held a special performance for me with a mini concert conducted by the Principal. I was absolutely honoured and believe them to be the best girls choir in the world for their age (between 12 to 16 years). Their voices are refined and so pure and clear. After the concert they asked me to sing so I accepted with a song called Siyahamba (We Are Marching In The Light of God). When I finished the song the girls round of applause was like a storm. The founder of the school Wendy Clark’s husband Jon who is a fine musician and has won the best popular song in the world “The Long Walk Is Over” about Nelson Mandela has recorded my singing of Siyahamba with the girls which you can hear.

I am now working on designing a Japanese Garden for the new premises which had been approved by the Principal and staff. They are keen to start building as soon as possible and although I will not be visiting until November they will be able to start the basic structure of the garden. Following the design I can monitor the progress online. Wendy commented we do not want a ‘made in South Africa Japanese Garden but the real one’.

We have planned a big event which will be a meditation day as well as a weekend meditation course during my next visit in November.

Just before leaving the school the term finished and the girls and staff went home for a two and a half week break. The school became empty and quiet. Whilst all be myself there I wrote this poem.......

All girls gone home
Gently rolling grass campus
Nobody - so quiet
Morning sun hits trees - illuminates the leaves - verdant green
Air crisp and clear - cool fresh breath
Sun rays pass through canopy - flickering light amongst the branches
Pure silence
Bird voice penetrates space - reaching blue sky
All so quiet- still
Just Be

Maitreya
19.2.19

Pure Land India - appeal for support

posted 25 Mar 2019, 12:59 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 7 Apr 2019, 00:40 ]

Pure Land India has started with great promise. For the development of the centre and Japanese Garden we require a great deal of funding. We would like to appeal to you for support and we would be extremely grateful for any support and contribution you can give to our project.

Love and Peace, Maitreya, 10.12.18

Click on the quotes below for the previous articles:

Maitreya, 16th November 2018

Maitreya, 2nd February 2019

The meditation centre and the grounds for the Japanese garden require a lot of work, including:
  • Digging a new well or expanding the existing well for fresh water
  • Furnishing the centre and air conditioning for the meditation room
  • Plants, trees and other materials for the garden
  • Administration and labour costs
It's estimated that the new centre will require approximately £200,000 to reach completion.

Pure Land India registered under the Bombay Public Trust act 1950, as a non-profit and charitable organization, according to Indian government law.

Contact:
PANKAJ SHIVRAM PADGHAN
Pure Land meditation and Japanese Garden Centre,
Late.Loduji Demaji Padghan premises
At-post-Adoli,Tq-Dist-washim.
Maharashtra, India.
+91 9209967456

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Pure Land Garden opens in less than one week!

posted 25 Mar 2019, 11:06 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 25 Mar 2019, 11:20 ]

Open from 30th March, 2019. To get yourself ready for your visit, why not look through some of our 2018 photos? We look forward to seeing you!

Five Days Meditation Programme in India

posted 10 Mar 2019, 14:34 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 10 Mar 2019, 14:39 ]

In February I returned to India for two weeks to teach meditation and found people to be very enthusiastic to listen to my teaching and practice meditation with me. The new approach to Buddha Dharma that would effectively fulfil Buddha’s ideal: emancipation or self realisation.*

I was welcomed by a huge number of people just like the first time two months ago. I was covered with flowers showered on to me by the people as I walked slowly on a carpeted path to the shrine serenaded by the sound of loud beating drums.

Pankaj who is the representative of Pure Land India had organised many programmes, talks and meditation meetings at neighbouring villages and schools and a five day meditation programme in the centre.

Wherever I went the place was always full, at one village we had to have our meeting outside the hall as it could not accommodate all who came. At schools all the children and teachers took part in my lectures and meditation sessions and at one school I was pleased to see that the children performed a traditional dance for me.

It was really astonishing to discover how keen was their interest in my teaching and how well they practiced meditation. It may be because of the spiritual nature of Indian people.

Many villagers invited me for breakfast or lunch during my stay. It was their gesture of upmost hospitality. Many of the houses were made out of clay and wood structures and have not changed over the years. The meal often consisted of spice seasoned rice, chapati, daal soup which are served up on the clay floor in front of us which we ate using our fingers. To finish we had a small cup of very sweet tea cooked with milk and spice. After the meal the honoured guest blesses the family with short chanting to Buddha and places a light touch on the their heads.

The Five day meditation programme started with talks from distinguished guests including the president of the local council, ministers, lawyers, physicists etc.

The huge colourful marquee was filled with several hundred people. The afternoon session started with my talk in which I explained why the main goal of Buddhism has not been achieved by the traditional approach and the difference between conventional teaching and my teaching.

After the Darshan break of snacks and tea we practiced meditation, the simple but effective way of self realisation.

The meditation I teach is designed for direct realisation of the Truth. It is based on the Truth and leads people to the Truth. It is from Oneness to Oneness or Buddha to Buddha.

Traditionally there are two schools in Buddhism, Hinayana and Mahayana. Hinayana means small vehicle that is monastic Buddhism and Mahayana means great vehicle that is for lay people in the world. Yana is a vehicle that carries people to Nirvana. After 2600 years of teaching neither school has succeeded to achieve the goal. The end of suffering (Nirvana). The reason being that both schools teaching consists of duality, which is essentially illusion and duality can not bring Oneness and illusion can not bring the Truth.

I had conducted the meditation session and I was really impressed to see the stillness of all of those people, hundreds sitting together in perfect silence. They were in a pure state of serenity. Most of them are ordinary country people but because of their innate spirituality they could achieve such a beautiful state of mind. To me all were Buddhas there and I feel that with the teaching I offer people can achieve self realisation quite easily. I feel ‘Buddhayana’ The way of Oneness will be the major school in Buddha Dharma.

On my last day before I was due to return to the UK a dozen ladies came to say farewell and as I did the final goodbye Gassho to them I saw tear in the eyes of several ladies and it made me realise how much my visit to the area was appreciated. Seeing the sincere gratitude in their eyes made me feel a deep sense of responsibility and commitment to deliver my creed which is self realisation for their sake, for all.

At the airport Pankaj offered me a garland and said ‘until the last breath of my life I will devote myself to Buddha Maitreya’ and tearfully prostrated to me three times amongst the bustle of the busy airport.

Maitreya 
23.2.19.

* Emancipation, end of suffering, Nirvana, enlightenment, self realisation are one and the same, it is realisation of Oneness.
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Photos from September 2018, Lantern Lit Evening

posted 6 Feb 2019, 10:31 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 6 Feb 2019, 10:34 ]

All photography by Andrew James, www.photographybyandrewjames.co.uk

Start planning ahead to visit us one evening later this year!

A special night with a magical atmosphere of peace that is hardly possible to experience even in Japan these days!
Every weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) in August and September for the normal entrance fee.
7:00pm - 10:00pm


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Comments from meditation day

posted 21 Jan 2019, 12:13 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 21 Jan 2019, 12:13 ]

A couple from Cornwall spent the day with Maitreya, learning peace, meditation, relaxation and oneness. They left the following comments:

"We have had such a special day, enlightening, thank you for everything, we will try to remember your teaching." - Caroline and Peter, from Cornwall

Thank you for the kind comments!

Sunday Meditation cancelled, February 3rd

posted 21 Jan 2019, 12:10 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 21 Jan 2019, 12:10 ]

The next monthly meditation meeting, February 3rd, has been cancelled because Maitreya will be in India. Although the meditation meetings have been going without fail for the past 42 years(!), this is a special circumstance because Maitreya is preparing the new Pureland Centre in India!

We apologise for any inconvenience, and please join us at any future meetings, held on the first Sunday of every month.

Happy New Year!

posted 6 Jan 2019, 10:16 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 6 Jan 2019, 15:04 ]


To our friends online - 
Happy New Year!
At the beginning of civilization
Of Oneness on Earth
Maitreya
01.01.2019
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Inauguration of Buddha Maitreya’s Pure Land Meditation Centre and Japanese Garden India

posted 2 Jan 2019, 03:59 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 2 Jan 2019, 04:21 ]


On 16th November, 2018 we arrived at Adoli, the small village in the heart of India where the Inauguration Ceremony took place the next day. The whole village awaited our arrival and as we got out of the car there was a fast beating drum sound echoing all around and people throwing flowers on us and in in front as we walked on the carpeted path. As I walked with the shower of flowers falling and the vibration of the drums I felt like Jesus entering Jerusalem. It was just an extraordinary atmosphere and experience. I maintained Gassho with my hands expressing my gratitude to their fantastic welcome. We walked slowly to the small shrine where I paid homage to the Buddha, then I blessed the people while chanting peace and The Triple Gem: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.

The following day the Inauguration Ceremony took place in the massive marquee adorned with colourful decoration. On the front stage there was a huge banner saying ‘Buddha Maitreya’s PureLand Meditation Centre and Japanese Garden’, which was positioned behind where we were seated.

The Inauguration began with my Dharma chanting in Japanese and Sanskrit and prayer.

‘May Buddha Dharma Sangha bless this land to be spiritual heart of the world, for enlightenment of all people, for peace and happiness of the whole world and for a new civilisation on earth’

An endless flow of people came to pay their respect to me offering garlands and scarves whilst bowing down and touching their heads on the ground, a traditional Indian custom.

I gave a talk on the necessity of a higher form of teaching for the world, explaining that most of teaching and religion are outdated and not much use now. I also pointed out the difference between Sakyamani Buddha’s teaching and mine, what I teach is the direct approach to enlightenment that is required by people in the world today. At the end of my talk I told the audience that we would have a meditation session after the interval and it surprised me that no one left the marquee and all stayed for meditation. Although it was a large audience of between 700 to 800 all followed the guidance and practiced very well with great enthusiasm. There was an atmosphere of perfect stillness in the marquee which impressed and encouraged me to think that a higher self awareness or perhaps self realisation of the audience would be possible. Furthermore I had the feeling that spiritual evolution could start from the grassroots of Indian society.

Several local newspapers featured the event and I later heard villagers were talking about a new Buddha was amongst them.

A few days later I went to Budhgaya, the most holy place for all Buddhists, being the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. I had a TV interview which was televised on a nationwide network as well as worldwide through a major Indian TV channel.

It was an absolutely exceptional visit, I was totally overwhelmed by people’s response and enthusiasm. We hope that the Indian Pure Land will develop quickly and fulfil its purpose, I feel a new age on earth has started in the heart of India.

Maitreya 
1.12.18

P.S. Pure Land India has started with great promise. For the development of the centre and Japanese Garden we require a great deal of funding. We would like to appeal to you for support and will be setting up a fundraising system in the near future. We would be extremely grateful for any support and contribution you can give to our project.

Love and Peace, Maitreya, 10.12.18

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2018 Photo Album now available to view

posted 17 Nov 2018, 11:40 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 17 Nov 2018, 11:41 ]

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