Maitreya holds concerts every summer at the garden. Entitled "Nature's Heart concert", it is held on the last Sunday in July from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. It features beautiful, soul-evoking songs, wisdom, haiku poetry and pure meditation. Join us for a day of spiritual awakening!
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Review of Nature's Heart Concert, July 2011
Visitors to Nature’s Heart concert experienced an enchanting evening of peace in the beautiful setting of Pure Land Japanese Garden
Natures Heart Concert on July 23rd at Pure Land awakened the audience's mind with the theme "The Spiritual age has begun".
Maitreya performed his songs with his soft voice pleasing the audience. He says his album can change the world. In his talk he emphasized "materially orientated way of life has never brought peace and happiness to the world. It is time to change the direction of life and lead a more spiritually orientated way of life, and that would be achieved by self awakening in each one of us". The way he advocates is simple meditation, "sit and be", he says it is simple but it is the highest form of meditation. "BE is LIFE. LIFE is the truth, hence 'Sit and Be', you are there, you are your real self. As you change your self you change your life, as you change your life, you change your world, that is spiritual evolution. It is silent revolution within human being but would change the world. It is spiritual evolution of man that would lead spiritual revolution on Earth".
"Simple, yet profound, Maitreya's words create an opening to self realization. They point us to a natural place of stillness, our true nature which is brimming with gratitude and wonder of life. When one realises that what we are is not separate but one with nature, we are life itself, we are love."
At Nature’s Heart concert words of peace and love flowed through each song performed so passionately by Maitreya. Starting with the delightful Beautiful day, a song about the simple pleasure of enjoying time in the garden, a feast for our senses, spending time, enjoying just a beautiful day.
Angela and Victor in the audience commented: "We enjoyed the concert very much and the "Beautiful day" song has been going around my mind ever since – definitely a consciousness shift!"
In between the songs from his album Maitreya gave talks, recited his own poetry and led the audience in meditation. Since the previous Nature’s Heart concert in January, Maitreya has been inspired to write a lot of poignant Haiku poetry, which he shared with the audience, including subjects such as the devastating Tsunami and the impact of the severe winter on Pure Land.
An opportunity to experience what Maitreya teaches can be realized through meditation. A special element of the concert was an invitation by Maitreya to join him in meditation both before and after the interval. As the audience moved in to stillness and peace, enjoying the moment to just SIT and BE, birdsong filled the air, accompanied by the swaying of the tress in the soft breeze, as the evening sun illuminated everything in the garden. What else to do than just sit and be, at one with all life, enjoying a magical evening of peace, thanks to Maitreya.