Have a go at… finding inner peace at Pure Land.
In an unassuming cul-de-sac you will find one of Nottinghamshire’s hidden gems.
Award winning and internationally acclaimed, this once flat-land has been transformed into a hilly Japanese haven, with an open invitation for those wanting to experience ‘peace and harmony with nature’.
Buddha Maitreya welcomes you with open arms to his Meditation centre and Japanese Garden, lovingly created over thirty-four years. Step straight out of rural Nottinghamshire and into this secret garden, where peace and tranquillity (and a rather delicious scone) await you.
During the weekends of August and September, Pure Land offers lantern-lit evenings, where you can experience the gardens in a whole new light (literally). I arrived at Pure Land on a Sunday evening, to enjoy my first ever walk around the gardens and find my own little bit of peace in Nottinghamshire.
Walking around the grounds it is easy to see why many find sanctuary here; with the only distractions being the subtle chimes catching in the wind, and the evensong of summer birds, finding their own harmony amongst the horticulture.
Pure Land has a truly magical feel, as it transports you miles away from your typical English country gardens; with ornamental monuments and shrines, and trees and plants native to Japan.
Skip carefully along the stepping stones, over bridges and along secret pathways to uncover your favourite area of the gardens, or take time out in one of the beautiful decorative seating areas, all at your own pace.
If you’re feeling lucky, you can even make a wish or two, and leave coins and charms alongside the statues of Buddha, like so many others beforehand.
My inner peace was momentarily disrupted by inner hunger, and we made our way over to the small tea rooms which accompany the gardens. Buddha Maitreya was on hand to serve himself, which truly added to the experience (offering a wise word or two with a pot of freshly brewed tea).
Sitting down to take tea as Buddha Maitreya whipped up a batch of his infamous scones (there was no hesitation in getting the flour out to make them fresh for his visitors – even after 8pm) was something I will never forget.
Enjoying tea and scones was the perfect interlude until nightfall, and afterwards came the chance to have a second walk around the garden now the lanterns were in full glow.
The garden was totally transformed once again, with the delicate shine and colours of the paper lanterns, reflecting in the calm waters of the koi pond.
We stayed only a couple of hours, but took so much away from the experience (including a pot of the fruit tea served in the tea rooms, which Buddha Maitreya sells alongside an array of items from postcards to relaxation CDs and of course, the scones he made fresh for us).
The perfect destination for people with green fingers (and thumbs), those looking for inner peace, or simply as a charming alternative to a walk in the classic British countryside.
Pure Land is in the process of creating the world’s first crystal garden – and Buddha Maitreya often holds individual and group events, from meditation to traditional Japanese tea ceremonies.
It seems in his little corner of Nottinghamshire; Buddha Maitreya has one of the most unique experiences and best kept secrets – which he is more than willing to share.
Entrance to the garden costs £6 for adults (concessions available), for more information see here. You can even find Budda Maitreya on Facebook.
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