This leads scholar Richard Gombrich to conclude that either the whole sutta is apocryphal or that it has at least been tampered with. In 4th to 6th-century China, "Buddhist artisans used the names Shakyamuni and Maitreya interchangeably No longer will they regard anything as their own, they will have no possession, no gold or silver, no home, no relatives! As a bodhisattva , he would usually be standing and dressed in jewels. Usually he wears a small stupa in his headdress that represents the stupa with relics of Gautama Buddha to help him identify it when his turn comes to lay claim to his succession, and can be holding a dharmachakra resting on a lotus.
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Maitreya is a bodhisattva who in the Buddhist tradition is to appear on Earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. No longer will they regard anything as their own, they will have no possession, no gold or silver, no home, no relatives!
He is dressed in the clothes of either a Bhiksu or Indian royalty. As a bodhisattva, he would usually be standing and dressed in jewels. A khata is always tied around his waist as a girdle. He is flanked by his two acolytes, the brothers Asanga and Vasubandhu. Although all bodhisattvas are destined to become Buddhas, the concept of a bodhisattva differs slightly in Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism.
In Theravada Buddhism, a bodhisattva is one who is only destined to one day become a Buddha, whereas in Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva is one who has already reached a very advanced state of grace or enlightenment but holds back from entering nirvana so that he may help others.
Once Maitreya becomes a Buddha, he will rule over the Ketumati Pure Land, an earthly paradise sometimes associated with the Indian city of Varanasi also known as Benares in Uttar Pradesh. Activity of Maitreya in the current age In Mahayana schools, Maitreya is traditionally said to have revealed the Five Treatises of Maitreya through Asanga.
These important texts are the basis of the Yogachara tradition and constitute the majority of the Third Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. Maitreya is predicted to attain Bodhi in seven days which is the minimum period , by virtue of his many lives of preparation for Buddha-hood similar to those reported in the Jataka stories of Shakyamuni Buddha.
The oceans are predicted to decrease in size, allowing Maitreya to traverse them freely. The event will also allow the unveiling of the "true" dharma to the people, in turn allowing the construction of a new world. The coming also signifies the end of the middle time in which humans currently reside characterized as a low point of human existence between the Gautama Buddha and Maitreya.
This leads Gombrich to conclude that either whole sutta is apocryphal, or it has at least been tampered with. Some have speculated that inspiration for Maitreya may have come from the ancient Indo-Iranian deity Mithra. The primary comparison between the two characters appears to be the similarity of their names. According to a book entitled The Religion of the Iranian Peoples, "No one who has studied the Zoroastrian doctrine of the Saoshyants or the coming saviour-prophets can fail to see their resemblance to the future Maitreya.
Paul Williams claims that some Zoroastrian ideas like Saoshyant influenced the cult of Maitreya, such as "expectations of a heavenly helper, the need to opt for positive righteousness, the future millennium, and universal salvation". Possible objections are that these characteristics are not unique to Zoroastrianism, nor are they necessarily characteristic of the belief in Maitreya.
It is also possible that Maitreya Buddha originated with the Hindu Kalki, and that its similarities with the Iranian Mithra have to do with their common Indo-Iranian origin. In China, in the 4th-6th Centuries "[Buddhist artisans] used the names Shakyamuni and Maitreya interchangeably An example is the stone sculpture found in the Qingzhou cache dedicated to Maitreya in CE as recorded in the inscription currently in the Qingzhou Museum, Shandong.
Depictions of Maitreya vary among Buddhist sects. Since his death, the Chinese monk Budai Hotei has been popularly regarded as an incarnation of the bodhisattva Maitreya.
His depiction as the Laughing Buddha continues to be very popular in East Asian culture. Non-Buddhist views Since the growth of the theosophist movement in the 19th century, non-Buddhist religious and spiritual movements have adopted the name and selected characteristics of Maitreya for teachers in their traditions.
Share International, which equates Maitreya with the prophesied figures of multiple religious traditions, claims that he is already present in the world, but is preparing to make an open declaration of his presence in the near future. They claim that he is here to inspire mankind to create a new era based on sharing and justice. Since the beginning of the s, the Ascended Master Teachings have placed Maitreya in the "Office" of "World Teacher" until , when he was described as moving on to the "Office" of "Planetary Buddha" and "Cosmic Christ" in their concept of a Spiritual Hierarchy.
According to the research on the book Antim Buddha - Maitreya scholars have summarized that Maitreya Buddha is Muhammad. After examining the Buddhist texts researchers concluded that Muhammad had been the last and final awakened Buddha to come into existence long after the current teachings. The 19th Century religious reformer, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, is believed in by the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community the faith he brought as fulfilling expectations regarding the Maitreya Buddha.
More self-proclaimed Maitreyas The following people listed are just a small portion of the several people who claimed themselves to be Maitreya. Many have either used the Maitreya incarnation claim to form a new Buddhist sect or have used the name of Maitreya to form a new religious movement or cult.
Gung Ye, a Korean warlord and king of short-lived state of Taebong during the 10th century, claimed himself as living incarnation of Maitreya and ordered his subjects to worship him. His claim was widely rejected by most Buddhist monks and later he was dethroned and killed by his own servants. In the monk Xiang Haiming claimed himself Maitreya and adopted imperial title. In Empress Wu inaugurated the Second Zhou dynasty, proclaimed herself an incarnation of the future Buddha Maitreya, and made Luoyang the "holy capital.
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Sorry, out of stock. How, Whence, and Whither; a record of clairvoyant investigation. Buddhas robe barely covers two fingers making them wonder how tiny Buddha was. Maitreya from Gandhara2nd Century. The Maitreya does work in support of the Christ being, as does Guatama, the current Buddha.
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The commentary gives stories in prose that it claims provide the context for the verses, and it is these stories that are of interest to folklorists. Alternative versions of some of the stories can be found in another book of the Pali Canon, the Cariyapitaka , and a number of individual stories can be found scattered around other books of the Canon. A stupa in Pushkalavati , in northwestern Pakistan , marks where Syama fulfilled his filial duty to his blind parents. The Mankiala stupa near Gujar Khan commemorates the spot where Prince Sattva sacrificed himself to feed baby tigers. In Mangalura, Ksantivadin submitted to mutilation by a king. At Hadda Mountain a young Brahmin sacrificed himself to learn a half verse of the dharma. At Sarvadattaan an incarnation sold himself for ransom to make offerings to a Brahmin.
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