Space to Breathe reviews

posted by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated ]

    It is hard to believe whilst reading this exquisite book that you are in Nottinghamshire. The beautiful photographs complement Maitreya's insightful attitude to life portrayed through his haiku and other writing. You are taken on a beautiful, peaceful journey through the seasons and will finish the book with a sense of wonder and calm. A remarkable achievement by a remarkable man.
William Booth

    I had the privilege of being one of the first people to receive a copy of Space to Breathe.
    For the past four decades, Maitreya has been teaching a simple and pure form of meditation at his Pure Land Centre in North Clifton. He created a Japanese garden, a reflection of his native Japanese countryside, combining British plants and Oriental style. Over the years, the garden has evolved into one of the most beautiful in the world.
    Now with the release of Space to Breathe, Maitreya’s moving words, in both English and Japanese calligraphy, are blended on the page into fantastic arrangements with photos of Pure Land by Pauline Bell, making this one of the most beautiful books in the world.
    Themed around the four seasons, every page is colourful and evocative, a work of art in itself. Each page frames Maitreya’s poetry, stories from his life, and teachings. Thought-provoking and soul-stirring, his clear, simple words allude to a greater truth.
    My only criticism is that the book would have been even better in a larger format, so one can appreciate the imagery even more.
Barnaby Chambers

Less than one week to go!

posted 21 Jan 2018, 08:10 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 21 Jan 2018, 08:11 ]

Less than a week to go before the Space to Breathe book launch at Pureland!

We look forward to seeing you there!

1pm-3.30pm, Sunday January 28th 2018 at Pureland, North Clifton, NG23 7AT.

Book launch for Space to Breathe!

New Civilisation

posted 13 Jan 2018, 12:26 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 13 Jan 2018, 12:27 ]

There are three revolutions in human history.

The first is the agricultural revolution that happened 8,000 years ago. It is through the discovery of agriculture which started human civilisation on earth.

The second is the industrial revolution that began 300 years ago. It is with the development of science and technology that has created a materialistic civilisation. It has brought economic prosperity and material wealth to the world but it has come with a huge price (or sacrifice), with devastation of nature, destruction of the environment and ecology and a crippling imbalance in society.

The civilisation that human beings have created so far has serious defects and produced discontentment, conflict, and suffering in the world.

The third is the holistic revolution that has recently started. It derives from spiritual awareness and understanding of the truth of LIFE, wonder and beauty of creation, miracle and sanctity of human being leading life in harmony with the universe and unity with all creation. Holistic civilisation evolves with the realisation of the Truth: Oneness.

Civilisation created so far is by the human mind of dualism and the world that is created so far is by the human being's egoism and neither has oneness in. The core, that is the pure reality of LIFE, the Truth.

Dualism is essentially illusion and it is only the concept of mind and not the reality. Ego self is also illusion as it is the product of human mind and not the reality Itself. What is not reality is illusion. Human being has believed in dualism and egoism and has created modern civilisation. We live in a world of illusion and hence it is full of problems, trouble, discontentment, conflict, suffering and war.

It is time to start new civilisation on earth and it is based on oneness, The Truth.

How do we start?

Every human being has original mind of purity that is in oneness with the universe thus our inner mind has pure wisdom and love. As we are aware of our inner Truth we realise our True Self.

Self realisation ends illusory self of egoism and illusory vision of dualism, the two causes of suffering of the world. Our True Self, human being of Oneness has universal wisdom and love.

'Know Thyself' has been the theme of life for human being for thousands of years but has not been realised by people. It is because people have been engulfed in materialism and also traditional teaching and religion have a fundamental flaw in them that is dualism that cannot provide Oneness.

Now the world needs new teaching. It is the direct way to The Truth. The Way of Oneness. It is the simple approach to the inner Truth. It is through practise of pure meditation of BE-ness. As we are BE, we are IT - The Truth. 'BE is LIFE. LIFE is The Truth'.

To know The Truth is to be truly human being. As people live life with their True Self the world begins to change. It would be the world of Oneness and there a new civilisation would emerge. The one who practises the Way of Oneness is a pioneer of a new civilisation and a citizen of the new world.

Maitreya, January 2018

Stop press! Space to Breathe now available to order

posted 4 Jan 2018, 13:12 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 6 Jan 2018, 11:37 ]

Finally ready!
 Please order online, or purchase a copy when you visit Pureland.

Space To Breathe book

A review -

Space to Breathe
Thoughts from a Japanese Garden

I have been fortunate to have been a regular visitor to this quiet place over the years, so I can say with certainty that the beautiful photographic images and wonderfully reflective and meditative Haiku within this book, tell the story of a whole year in the extraordinary Garden that is Pure Land. Pauline Bell has managed to capture in her exquisite photography the very Essence of this Japanese garden. Her images truly encapsulate the magic of the seasons in all their changing glory.

Each image within the book contains a Haiku or Meditation written both in Japanese calligraphy and English by Koji Takeuchi (Maitreya), the creator of Pure Land. The making of this garden has taken forty two years of his life so far. He has created a space that all can enjoy, truly a space in which to just breathe and be. The haiku in this book cover themes about Nature, Beauty, Life, Joy, Aging, Death and Creation in a sometimes humorous but always profound way.

In the creation of this book they give the reader the time and space to meditate on the nature of change in all things. The perfect gift for a lover of Gardens or just for someone you love.

Graham Gavin

A Christmas gift from Pureland

posted 9 Dec 2017, 23:27 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 24 Dec 2017, 00:47 ]

We are happy to present to all our friends this video of Maitreya's Nature's Heart Concert from Pureland.

Selected reviews from the concert:
  • "You sing with your heart. It comes from your heart and touches my heart. "
  • "At the concert I realised how far I was away from myself."
  • "Your concert made me think about Dualism (illusion) and Oneness (the truth)".
  • "I bought several of Maitreya's albums, I sent some to my friends in California and Korea, I listen to it all the time when I'm driving."
  • "My wife and I came to Nature's Heart concert and I wish to say how much we enjoyed it. The whole experience was wonderful. Even the heavy downpour of rain seemed to add to the occasion."

Space to Breathe book previews

posted 6 Dec 2017, 01:32 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 6 Dec 2017, 01:32 ]

A few preview pages from Maitreya and Pauline Bell's new book, Space to Breathe!

You can also register your interest for the book launch in 2018 by visiting Maitreya's Facebook events page. We look forward to seeing you!

All images and text (c) Pureland Publications 2017

Book launch for Space to Breathe!

posted 19 Nov 2017, 10:53 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 21 Jan 2018, 08:04 ]

We are very happy to inform you that our long-awaited book Space to Breathe will be available for sale from Christmas onwards, after arriving here all the way from the printers in China!

Space to Breathe is a photographic and seasonal journey through this Japanese garden with haiku poetry from Maitreya.

We will have two book launch days early in the new year to which you are most welcome to join us:
  • The first will be from 1pm-3.30pm Sunday January 28th 2018 at Pureland, North Clifton, NG23 7AT.
  • The second one will be on Sunday 18th February 2018 from 12pm-3pm at the Book Fayre Matthew Temple House, The Broadway, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6ST.
We would love to see you at either venue. The book will be available through these outlets:
- Maitreya and
Pauline Bell

An exciting letter from India

posted 27 Oct 2017, 10:12 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 27 Oct 2017, 10:13 ]

Maitreya has received an exciting letter from India. Here is a copy and his reply!

The story of the Wise Old Man in the Mountain

posted 19 Oct 2017, 11:34 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 11:35 ]

In Ancient China, a wise old man lived in the mountain in his hut.
Seekers all over the country gathered around him for wisdom.
The mysterious thing was, though the hut was a tiny, straw-thatched house, it accommodated all who went in, no matter how many of them, and never filled.
They sat quietly in the presence of the old man, who barely uttered words.
The space was timeless stillness.
At the end, they came out of the hut and they could see things so clearly.
Colour was so bright - the green of trees, the red of flowers, the blue of the sky.
Everything outside in the world was shining with beautiful light.
They had found divinity in all creation.
There were enlightened.


Maitreya writes about the Crystal Garden

posted 19 Oct 2017, 11:18 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 11:18 ]

    I saw the truth of the universe at the moment of enlightenment, that was the pure light and its manifestation. I found the universe was mighty energy and its crystallization that was a miracle, absolute wonder.
    I love crystal and was thinking to create a garden with crystal for some time, but I did not know how. One day, around ten years ago, an idea came to my mind, “I can make a mini universe in crystals”, and I plunged into the task.
    First, I built a large greenhouse-style building with a Japanese touch, using thick reclaimed pitch pine to house it. That took three years. Then I purchased tons of crystals of all sizes, kinds and colours.
    I designed the crystal garden with the idea of the natural world representing the universe. It consists of mountains and rivers, hills and forests, fields and oceans. I set each crystal one by one, tens of thousands of them, in a concrete foundation with mortar. This took me seven years.
    People often ask me, “where have you collected all these crystals?” I reply, “I didn’t collect them, but instead I bought them in bulk in one go at the wholesale place, they were delivered by truck.” If I collected them it would have taken three centuries!
    Now it is there, a “universe” made from crystals, sparkling and emanating dazzling beauty and healing energy. People are amazed by the sight, being struck with awe as they enter.
    I was so proud of my work that I applied to the Guinness book of records. Soon they replied saying, “It could not be listed in the book as there was nothing to compare it to.” I was disheartened a little, but realised it was an assurance by this authority that it might not be the number one, but it is the only one.
    I suspect nobody has made a crystal garden because no one has thought of creating the universe!


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