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Who is Maitreya?

by Eddy Hsu 9월 06, 2023

Maitreya statue

Maitreya is a prominent figure Buddhism who is believed to be a future Buddha or enlightened being. The concept of Maitreya is an important part of Buddhist eschatology, which deals with the study of the end times or the future of the world according to Buddhist beliefs.

In Buddhism, it is believed that after the passing of Gautama Buddha (the historical Buddha), who lived around 2,500 years ago, a series of future Buddhas will appear to teach the Dharma (the teachings of Buddhism) to sentient beings when the Dharma has been forgotten or lost. Maitreya is considered to be the next Buddha in this lineage and is often referred to as the "Buddha of the Future" or the "Future Buddha."

The concept of Maitreya is not limited to Buddhism; it also appears in some Hindu traditions, where Maitreya is considered a future avatar of Lord Vishnu, who is expected to appear in the future to restore balance and righteousness to the world.

Different Buddhist traditions have various interpretations and prophecies regarding the coming of Maitreya, and these beliefs may vary. Maitreya is often depicted as a compassionate and enlightened being who will bring teachings of peace and wisdom to humanity in a future age. The idea of Maitreya serves as a symbol of hope and inspiration for many Buddhists and Hindus who anticipate a time when the world will experience a period of spiritual renewal and enlightenment.



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