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Well, things have to get really really bad and then it'll have to get really really good in order for Metteyya Buddha to appear: "And the sons of these sons will come to live eighty years; their sons to 160 years; their sons to 320 years; their sons to 640 years; their sons to 2,000 years; their sons to 4,000 years; their sons to 8,000 years; their ...


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In Buddhism, the Buddhist statues are essentially the artful and symbolic expressions of the Buddha teachings, with the objective to educate us the meanings and teachings of Buddhism. Therefore, we should see the statues of Buddhism as teaching aids and the cultivation of virtues we aspired to achieve. They are not meant to be statues of gods for worshiping. ...


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How did this idea of next Buddha formed? Is it the influence of other religion where they say Kalki or Christ will return. No need for outside influence, just simple logic. It doesn't make any sense to have only one single Gautama Buddha arisen in a universe (or multiverse) with unfathomably long history without descernable beginning and end. Also does ...


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I think the image on the Chinese Wikipedia page is captioned "laughing Buddha" which (e.g. according to the English Wikipedia) is a nickname for Budai/Hotei: He is almost always shown smiling or laughing, hence his nickname in Chinese, the "Laughing Buddha" (Chinese: 笑佛; pinyin: Xiào Fó). I think I read somewhere/sometime that people ...


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All Anagamis are born in one of the five Suddhavasa Brahma realms. There they will attain Arahanthship. Yes, they have a very long life span. The lowest realm 'Aviha' has a life span of 1000 Maha Kalpas. So they will see many Buddhas in the future before entering Parinibbana. The text is talking about monks. That means the human world. Divine beings are not ...


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Most of the commentaries say that this Buddha Sasana will last for 5000 years...So there are around 2400+ years still left for the Gotama Sasana to disappear...This link gives a detailed explanation of the way in which the first the attainments will disappear, then the method, then the learning, then the symbols and finally the relics. http://www....


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These are things we can only speculate. There later works which might have covered these topics though, but cannot vouch for how accurate they are. Best cause of action by a Buddhist is to practice the Dhamma to gain realisation and wisdom. Who know, perhaps you might get some insight into this also. (Don't make it your goal to find these type of answers, ...


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Here is a reference to the Japanese Miroku Bodhisatva. Another reference says that Hotei was Kaishi Zen priest and a Boddhisattva, the future Maitreya: Hotei stands out from the other six Lucky Gods because he is the only one known to have been a real person, rather than a mythical being. According to Chiba, his Chinese name was Kaishi. His birth date is ...


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I think your question embedded two questions and should be dealt separately to give clear answer: a) How do Mahayana Buddhists make sense of prophecy of Maitreya? b) How do Vajrayana Buddhists make sense of prophecy of Maitreya when there are son masters claimed to have achieved anuttara samyak sambodhi? a) How do Mahayana Buddhists make sense of prophecy of ...


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There is an arahant called metteyya and for the buddha it is Dn26 https://suttacentral.net/dn26/en/sujato#dn26:24.6 https://suttacentral.net/define/metteyya Generally speaking people love backgrounds stories of the buddhas and the theravadans have invented those stories and put them in KN, instead of polluting the suttas with that, contrary to the people ...


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Let's bear in mind that according to the sources referenced in the Wikipedia page Manimekalai, this book was written either before the 5th century CE, in the 6th century CE or latest 950 CE according to different experts. Anne E. Monius is a Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard University and "a historian of religion specializing in the religious ...


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I am a Theravada Buddhist and as far as predictions go here's what i was able to find... The coming of Maitreya will be characterized by a number of physical events. The oceans are predicted to decrease in size, allowing Maitreya to traverse them freely. Maitreya will then reintroduce true dharma to the world. His arrival will signify the end ...


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In China, the Budai monk (or the Laughing Buddha) has long been considered as the manifestation of Bodhisattva Maitreya. In fact, as foretold by Buddha Sakyamuni in the Maitreya Vyakarana Sutra, the Laughing Buddha (Bodhisattva Maitreya) will become the next or future Buddha of this Saha World. Maitreya Buddha is to come when Buddhism has been perished in ...


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I don't think so, how can anyone believe that Maitreya would appear in this lifetime? The main sign of Maitreya's arrival is the life span being around 80,000 years. During The Buddha's time He said: "At present, monks, one who lives a long time is 100 years old or a little bit more" (Arakenanusasani Sutta, AN 7.70) Which is basically the same as now ...


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Read the Saptha Suriyuggamana Sutta and the Agganna Sutta. Unlike other beings, humans life span is said to be variable. It's said to be on the decline now. One day, it is going to fall down to 10 years. Then the apocalypse will happen by one of three ways. If hatred is prominent in the societies, weapons will bring about the apocalypse and most of those ...


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In Buddhism the universe goes through a cycle of expansion and collapse. The collapse is not the end of everything but part of a cycle like the waves in the ocean. So this might not fit into the traditional sense of an apocalypse. See Wikipedia Entry on Buddhist Cosmology for further details on the cycles.


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Another Buddha -- Metteyya (Maitreya) -- will gain Awakening, his monastic Sangha numbering in the thousands Digha Nikaya 26 ref- http://www.basicbuddhism.org/index.cfm?GPID=29 I had to look up apocalypse, "the complete destruction of the world." That doesn't seem to be a theme in the Buddhist cosmologies where the universes have no beginnings and no ...


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