LESSON 72 PURE LAND PART II 28 10 2010 FREE ONLINE eNālandā Research and Practice UNIVERSITY
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Born out of concern for all beings. - Buddha
BUDDHA (EDUCATE)! DHAMMA (MEDITATE)! SANGHA (ORGANISE)!
WISDOM IS POWER
Awakened One Shows the Path to Attain Ultimate Bliss
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Using such an instrument
The Free ONLINE e-Nālandā Research and Practice University has been re-organized to function through the following Schools of Learning :
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The teachings of Buddha are eternal, but even then Buddha did not proclaim them to be infallible. The religion of Buddha has the capacity to change according to times, a quality which no other religion can claim to have…Now what is the basis of Buddhism? If you study carefully, you will see that Buddhism is based on reason. There is an element of flexibility inherent in it, which is not found in any other religion.
§ Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar , Indian scholar, philosopher and architect of Constitution of India, in his writing and speeches
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PURE LAND PART II
The Pureland Japanese Garden and Meditation Centre is a remarkable place. It is a uniquely beautiful garden, and also the home of Buddha Maitreya (pronounced ‘My-treeya’), a spiritual teacher and creator of this wonderful space.
There is now a Pureland Japanese Garden website, which contains some of the information explained here, and additional details besides.
The Pureland Japanese Garden, and the teachings and sessions provided by Buddha Maitreya, present a wonderful opportunity to bring spirituality and enlightenment into organisational learning and development. Spirituality and business - or love and business - might not seem an obvious ‘fit’ according to traditional thinking, however, we live in enlightened times. More and more people are seeking a new meaning from life and work. So there are increasingly significant connections between the ideas of spiritual peace, and what people want from their work and life beyond work. Pureland, based in the English East Midlands close to Newark Nottinghamshire, and Buddha Maitreya, offer a wonderful way to make these connections real.
The Pureland garden reflects Maitreya’s approach to meditation and philosophy, in which he teaches self-awareness, peace, and harmony with nature.
Buddha Maitreya acquired the land in 1973. It was then one and a half acres of flat wasteland - the site of an old farm house.
Maitreya has since transformed the space into an extraordinary venue, for people who seek peace and well-being, to discover more about themselves, or for others who simply enjoy visiting beautiful gardens.
The pictures convey a little of the Pureland experience. Visit the garden, or arrange a session for yourself or your team, with Buddha Maitreya, and discover for yourself the wonder of this special place, and this special teacher.
For those too distant to reach the Pureland venue, you might instead consider asking Buddha Maitreya to visit you, to teach relaxation and meditation, and/or maybe to give his talk and slide show about this beautiful Japanese garden and how it was created.
Traditional Japanese garden elements combine to create a special peaceful space.
Beautiful ponds, bridges, reeds, lillies and carp, and the sound of gently flowing waterfalls
Bridges and walkways.
Steps and grassy mounds.
The variety of textures, shapes and patterns takes your breath away.
Pureland is a maze of seemingly endless features, exquisitely crafted, and immaculately maintained. The story of the garden’s construction, from disused farmland into a stunning garden, over many years, and virtually single-handedly by Buddha Maitreya is remarkable in itself.
Maitreya’s slideshow of the garden through the seasons is an absolute wonder to behold.
Buddha Maitreya is a wonderful teacher and host. In his company you feel uplifted and centred. People who possess such wisdom and calm, plus the ability to transfer a genuine sense of peace and serenity to others, are extremely rare.
He offers meditation classes, tea ceremonies, and friendly, very reasonably-priced hospitality.
Activities at Pureland include:
Activities other than garden viewings generally include food and/or afternoon tea, which is available separately if required, and highly recommended when viewing the garden. (You don’t have to have an interest in religion and peace and love to view the garden - many people come to Pureland simply to see the Japanese garden.)
Please bear in mind that Pureland is not a large commercial concern. Do not expect the venue to be like a modern conference facility. The meditation centre is basically Maitreya’s house and the tea-room for visitors. The meditation centre - house and team-room - accommodates up to fifteen visitors. Of course there is a lot more room outside.
Pureland’s appeal lies in its simple beauty, the richness and tranquility of the garden, and the wisdom and teaching of Buddha Maitreya.
Pureland Japanese Garden and Meditation Centre is based in North Clifton, Nottinghamshire, England, just off the A1133 road, half way between Newark and Gainsborough and about 12 miles from each. Pureland is signposted from the main road.
There is ample car parking space.
To make a booking for a lecture, relaxation, meditation or a group visit contact Buddha Maitreya.
Buddha Maitreya is also available to visit you to give talks on higher self-awareness, meditation and meditation guidance.
Maitreya offers a wonderful slideshow presentation (35mm slide projector required) and talks about the creation of the Pureland Japanese garden.
Buddha Maitreya also offers talks and classes in Haiku poetry.
To enquire about visiting Pureland, or Buddha Maitreya’s availability for external talks, meditation and relaxation sessions, slide-show, etc, telephone: 01777 228567, or from outside the UK +44 (0) 1777 228567.
Pureland Japanese Garden and Meditation Centre
Maitreya was born and raised in Handa, near Nagoya, in Japan. From an early age he sought to find truth, and attained enlightenment through meditation, which he then followed through teaching and sharing with others. He completed a Masters degree in Buddhist Theology, and for a while afterwards lived the life of a Zen Buddhist monk. His experiences as a Zen Buddhist monk led him to feel that monastic existence was too harsh and inflexible for modern teaching and application of meditation and Buddhist ideas. Maitreya left Japan and travelled to Thailand, India and Nepal, where he taught meditation for several years. On the invitation of a friend Maitreya visited England, where he began teaching and lecturing at various English universities, including Cambridge, Reading and Lancaster. While visiting Nottingham Maitreya learned of the old pig-farm property for sale in North Clifton, which he decided would be a good base from which to teach meditation, and in 1973 Pureland meditation centre was born.
Maitreya began the serious work of creating the Pureland Japanese garden in 1980. He had no previous gardening or agricultural experience. The flat featureless land was re-shaped into small hills around a newly dug central pond. Large boulders were brought in from a Derbyshire quarry, which helped form the winding paths and walkways. Elements were positioned harmoniously, and to reflect Maitreya’s philosophical ideals. Maitreya completed most of the work by hand over many years.
At the core of Maitreya’s philosophy are the following principles:
Maitreya teaches his own form of ‘Pure Meditation’ .
His teaching is accessible to all.
Maitreya’s teachings are simple and aim to provide a direct path to fulfil the purpose of life, namely ‘Self Realisation’, and for all people to contribute to the ‘Higher Evolution’ of mankind.
“Not only the cherry blossom
(Maitreya, 25 April 2006)
Buddha Maitreya’s teachings, and the inspiration and peace offered at Pureland, provide a wonderful perspective for living a good, positive and fulfilled life.
With acknowledgements Buddha Maitreya.
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Hon’ble Chief Minister Ji orders suspension of seven officers of Chandauli and Sonbhadra districts for showing laxity in various development works
Carry out all-round development of naxal affected areas on war footing
Lucknow: 27 October 2010
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms. Mayawati ji ordered
immediate suspension of seven officers of various departments for
showing laxity in implementation of various schemes/ programmes
related with the forest, public works, rural development, education, social
welfare, medical and energy departments being carried out for the
development of SC/ST and other poor sections living in Chandauli and
Sonbhadra districts of the State. She directed the officers to ensure rapid
development of these districts so that tribal and forest dwellers got its
benefits and they were not allured towards naxalism.
On the directives of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Ji, the Principal
Secretary Public Works Mr. Ravindra Singh, Principal Secretary Forest Mr.
Chanchal Kumar Tiwari, Principal Secretary Social Welfare Mr. Balvindra
Kumar and Secretary Rural Development Mr. Manoj Kumar Singh
undertook extensive tour of the Chandauli and Sonbhadra on October 23
and 24 last and conducted spot verification of various schemes and
development works being carried out in these districts. Thereafter, they
submitted their inspection report to the C.M.
Hon’ble Ms. Mayawati Ji reviewed this report at a high-level meeting
held at her official residence and attended by Cabinet Secretary Mr.
Shashank Shekhar Singh, Additional Cabinet Secretary Mr. Net Ram,
Principal Secretary Public Works Mr. Ravindra Singh, Principal Secretary
Home Kunwar Fateh Bahadur, D.G.P. Mr. Karmveer Singh and other
senior officers. After reviewing the report, she took some important
decisions and gave directives to the officers of the related departments.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister Ji ordered immediate suspension of
divisional forest officer (DFO) and ranger of Obra for showing
carelessness in distribution ofPatta of forest land and for tampering/over
writing the documents without getting permission from the competent
authorities. She also directed the officers to conduct departmental inquiry
against them. She ordered immediate suspension of the superintending
engineer of P.W.D. Mirzapur for showing laxity in his works. She further
ordered suspension of the BDOs of Sonbhadra district Mr. Rajesh Yadav
and Mr. Sanjai Pandey, as a lot of complaints of serious financial
irregularities had been lodged against them. She also ordered that
departmental action should be taken against them. She ordered action
under Prevention of Corruption Act against Gram Panchayat Adhikari Mr.
Rajesh Dubey. Besides, the C.M.O. Chanduali, on the directives of the
C.M., has been suspended with immediate effect and departmental action
has also been initiated against him.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister Ji directed the officers to ensure that the
Naib Tehsildar conducted measuring of land under the supervision of the
new committee formed for the purpose of Pattas under the Chairmanship
of the Dy. Collector. Besides, she also directed that the GPRS technology
should also be used to provide a computerised print of the patta along
with the map.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji directed the officers that about 7000
petty cases pending in these districts should be withdrawn after getting
them examined/approved from the competent level. She said that if the
same could not the withdrawn then they should be disposed of through
Lok Adalats. She ordered that the half of the royalty of the Tendu Patta
should be distributed among the Tendu Patta labourers. Likewise, she
directed that the registration and account opening action for the JFMC
(Joint Forest Management Committees) should be completed by 15
November 2010. She directed the officers that quick decision should be
taken for transfer of land for community works within the two days of
receiving the proposal from district level.
The Hon’ble C.M. Ji directed the officers of the P.W.D. to ensure
that overloading of trucks was controlled through its contractors and the
Transport and Home Departments should take action against other
departments, so that road damage through overloading could be checked.
She ordered third party monitoring of the construction of the link roads
being constructed by the P.W.D. in the Sonbhadra district at a cost of Rs.
500 crore, so that their quality could be ensured. She said that the
P.W.D. had been carrying out various development works of about Rs.
500 crore in Sonbhadra district. Therefore, it was necessary to create the
post of superintending engineer there.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister Ji said that one third of the mineral areas
of the naxal affected districts should be allotted to self help groups
through a notification issued on 29 Jan 2010. In such groups, one third
members of SC/ST and castes like Mallah, Dheemar etc. traditionally
involved in these works should be included. She said that effective
implementation of it should be ensured. She directed the officers to
appoint 10 each land conservation inspectors and junior engineers of the
land conservation and irrigation department respectively in the
development blocks of both the districts on deputation, so that the quality
of the works being carried out in Sonbhadra and Chanduali districts under
MNREGA could be ensured. She said that if a cluster of five houses was
situated in a separate area then a handpump should be installed there.
The Hon’ble C.M. Ji directed that the land and water conservation
works should be carried out in an organised manner and all the deprived
families should be provided 100 day’s employment under MNREGA by
March 2011. Besides, she ordered that the lands should be made fertile of
at least 10 Patta holders of every gram panchayat (which included forest
patta holders) whose land was infertile and the Rural Development
Department should develop irrigation facility by March 2011.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister Ji directed the officers to appoint
teachers in all the colleges of Sonbhadra, where teachers were not posted
within a month and asked them to appoint 6000 teacher by June 2011.
She directed that the appointment/posting against all the vacancies of
Shiksha Mitra in Sonbhadra, Chandauli and Mirzapur districts should be
made immediately. Besides, she directed the Education Department to
ensure cent per cent presence of teachers in the colleges and action
should be taken against those absent. She directed the Social Welfare
Department to request the GOI to relax the condition of the 75 years
proof for providing land patta of Forest Department to the people of the
SC. She directed that two boys/girls ashram system schools/eklavya
schools should be established in Chandauli and four such schools should
be set up in Sonbhadra district. Besides, she also sanctioned 6000
proposals of widow pension for Sonbhadra district and 3000 old age
pension proposals for Chandauli district.
The Hon’ble C.M. Ji ordered immediate suspension of C.M.O.
Chandauli for mismanagement of Naugarh CHC and also ordered officers
to take departmental action against him. She directed Principal Secretary
Medical & Health and Family Welfare to visit both the districts and
streamline the arrangements at the hospitals himself. She directed
intensive monitoring of the distribution of medicines being distributed by
mobile medical unit and also the treatment being undertaken by it.
Reviewing the works of the Energy Department, she directed that the
remaining electrification works of the 46 Ambedkar Villages selected for
the year 2009-10 should be completed by 31 December 2010. She said
that the decision taken regarding 104 Ambedkar Villages, in which works
had to be carried out through NEDA, should be reviewed.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister Ji said that the State Government did not
view naxalism as a law and order problem but it viewed the same as
social problem. Keeping this in view, all the villages of the naxal affected
areas had been declared as Ambedkar villages and serious efforts were
being made for their all-round development. She said that the State
Government had issued authority letters of about 10,000 pattas under
the ST and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest
The third of the six phases of the month-long elections to the Bihar state assembly is to be held Thursday. The following is a factfile for the third phase:
Number of assembly constituencies going to polls - 48
Total voters - 10,376,022 (5,604,851 men and 4,771,171 women)
Total number of candidates - 785
Total number of woman candidates - 65
Assembly constituency with maximum candidates - Mahua (31 candidates)
Assembly constituency with minimum candidates - Raxual (7 candidates)
Party-wise list of candidates - Bahujan Samaj Party (48), Bharatiya Janata Party (24), Communist Party India (10), Communist Party of India-Marxist (5), Congress (48), Nationalist Congress Party (38), Janata Dal-United (24), Rashtriya Janata Dal (35) and other parties (186).
Independent candidates - 354
Electronic voting machines to be used - 28,616
Largest assembly constituency area-wise - Valmiki Nagar
Largest assembly constituency voter-wise - Raghopur
Smallest assembly constituency voter-wise - Kesaria