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Maitreya

Maitreya (Skt., ‘loving one’; Pāli, Metteyya; Chin., Mile-fo; Korean, Mitūk; Jap., Miroku). One of the five earthly buddhas, the embodiment of all-embracing love, who is expected to come in the future as the fifth and last of the buddhas. In early Buddhism, Maitreya dwells in the Tuṣita heaven (the realm of the fully delighted gods), waiting for the decline and eclipse of Buddhism, when he will become the next Buddha—in about 30,000 years time. This belief was further developed in all Mahāyāna countries, and above all in Tibet, where he is known as byams pa (champa). It is a particular commitment of Gelugpa to prepare for his coming. He is depicted usually with feet placed firmly on the ground, ready to step into the world.

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Maitreya

Maitreya the Buddha who will appear in the future; a representation of this Buddha. The word is Sanskrit, from mitra ‘friend or friendship’.

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