About Hridyabija

Hridyabija grounds Buddhist spiritual practice into the abundance of a living eco system; A Pureland if you will. Started on a bare horse paddock in 2010, it a few short years it has undergone an astonishing transformation into an amazing and magical ‘forest garden.’  People visiting the garden frequently report this results in a life changing experience.  Hridyabija is an attempt to demonstrate that though we may not be able to change change the world, we can change at least a small part of it. We offer a ‘lyrical’ response of living in congruence to our environmentally troubled times; a response of celebrating the worlds natural ‘Beauty’ and power of restoration. We offer Hridyabija for the benefit of the many; to encounter this beauty and abundance through spiritual Practice, Spiritual community, practice of the Arts and appreciation of the living Environment.

This ‘Tree of life’ carving by Ajitasena – Provides a multi-layered symbol of Hridyabija- Emphasising both the centrality of the Buddha –situated within the majesty of the interconnected living systems of nature.

" One needs to see things as alive rather than dead. It’s as though when one experiences more life within oneself, one feels the life in other things, even so-called inanimate things. You feel that everything is alive, that the universe is alive " Sangharakshita

Transformation from a flat horse paddock to a forest garden. In six years!

'All that live is Holy!'

.........................Disconnection from nature and the envionental crisis

Urbanised modern civilization increasingly disconnects us from the existential reality that our lives are completely dependent upon an intricate web of conditioned natural processes.  Our lives have become separated from and are no longer grounded in nature. We easily become oblivious to, or take these natural processes for granted. Could our looming environmental problems be a symptom of this disconnection and loss of relationship with the natural world? Blake observed that ‘everything that lives is Holy. The manifestation of’ Hridyabija is an ongoing journey; an exploration to examine what a a better relationship to the natural world might look like and an honouring of the holiness of the natural world and our interdependence with it.

Hridayabija seeks to integrate Buddhist spiritual practice into the abundance of a living eco system; A Pureland if you will. Started on a bare horse paddock in 2010, it a few short years it has undergone an astonishing transformation into an amazing and magical ‘forest garden.’  People frequently report visiting the garden as being a life changing experience.  Hridayabija is an attempt to demonstrate that though while we cannot change the world, we can change at least a small part of it. We offer a lyrical response of living in congruence to our environmentally troubled times; a response of celebrating the worlds natural Beauty and power of restoration. We offer Hridayabija for the benefit of the many; to encounter this beauty and abundance through spiritual Practice, Spiritual community, practice of the Arts and appreciation of the living Environment.

 
 

What is a Forest Garden?

A Forest Garden is a low maintenance, highly abundant food system that mimics a healthy natural forest ecosystem but substitutes the elements of a natural forest with edible and useful plants and is also good for the environment. However Hridyabija is not just a food production system, it has been informed by an integrated design process involving ecological, aesthetic, social, and spiritual principles in mind and therefore offers a ‘Garden of Complete Being’

Sagaravajra talks about Hridyabija -

All That Lives is Holy

Urbanised modern civilization increasingly disconnects us from the existential reality that our lives are completely dependent upon an intricate web of conditioned natural processes.  Our lives have become separated from and, are no longer grounded in the natural world. We easily become oblivious to, or take these natural processes for granted. Could our looming environmental problems be a symptom of this disconnection and loss of relationship with the natural world? Blake observed that ‘everything that lives is Holy. The manifestation of’ Hridayabija continues to emerge; offering the opportunity to reconnect with the nature  and honour the holiness of the natural world and our interdependence with it.