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School Party Visit to Pure Land

posted 8 Jul 2019, 04:43 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 8 Jul 2019, 04:46 ]

    One hundred and twenty school children have visited our centre on July 1st. They were aged five to ten, from Waddington All Saints Academy in Lincoln.
    I talked about the creation of the Japanese garden and the world’s first crystal garden.
    We practiced meditation, dividing them into two groups of sixty children each. It is simple meditation and they did it very well. They sat still in perfect silence, the only sound was the occasional bird singing in the air. I find young children are good at meditation as their mind is less cluttered and more pure.
    I mentioned it is important to practice it every day, not only to find peace, but to develop true self awareness.
    I explained the inner self of everyone is pure, free and happy, as it is in unity with the universe, the glorious creation.
    To find our true self has been the purpose of life (“know thyself”) since Ancient Greek times. The world for human beings is full of trouble and suffering simply because people do not know themselves, but only their ego-self.
    Ego is not our true self, but the false self-awareness and has essentially the nature of ignorance, fear, greed and anger. Life with it is discontent, suffering. Meditation brings us true self-awareness that would change our lives, make it better, more peaceful and harmonious, and so it would also do to the world. It is all up to each one of us to make it reality, and then our world will be a happier place for us all to live.
    Then I asked the children if they understand it, and instead of saying “yes” in a loud voice, they all silently nodded their heads up and down like the “Nodding Donkeys” in Texas.