Turning Japanese? I really think so…

Looking for a little bit of peace and quiet this half term? Molly’s blogger Desperate
Dad recommends a trip to the Pure Land Japanese garden. The perfect place to
escape the Halloween horrors…

Just a few miles outside Lincoln, off the lonesome A1133, about halfway between
Newark and Gainsborough, lies the most unlikely paradise.
Pure Land Meditation Centre and Japanese Garden offers a tranquil getaway
from the humdrum of the rat race, but is also fabulous fun for young kids to boot.
Run by the highly enthusiastic Buddha Maitreya, its quiet corners, winding paths
and beautiful fish filled ponds allow guests to lose themselves in quiet
contemplation – you really could be a million miles away.

From the moment you set foot inside Pure Land, relaxation takes hold. There are
lots of hidden corners where can sit and drink in the surroundings, or just simply
take a leisurely stroll to spot the lanterns and numerous garden ornaments that
litter the oriental arena.

Originally from Japan, Maitreya moved to the UK in the early 70s where he
taught mediation at universities before settling in Nottinghamshire. There he
bought a house in North Clifton and began work landscaping Pure Land in 1980.
The rest as they say is history.
My boys loved following the picturesque paths and stepping stones, clambering
over the mini bridges and ‘stroking’ the friendly and very tame carp in the ponds.
In addition to the wondrous gardens, there’s also a fascinating crystal garden,
full to the brim with hundreds of the ‘energy giving’ objects, including all shapes,
sizes and colours. We were mesmerised.

It was a wonderful way to while away a couple of half-term hours and there’s
still time to do so before it closes for the winter.
Pure Land is open from the last weekend in March to the last weekend in
October. Japanese tea ceremonies and meditation sessions are also available to

Visit www.buddhamaitreya.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @purelandbuddha