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Does any school seriously believe Maitreya might appear in my lifetime

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 ...
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How did Maitreya become so large and rich?

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 ...
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Decline and the ending of Buddhism

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 ...
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Is there mention of Maitreya Buddha in Pali Canon?

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 ...
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How did Maitreya become so large and rich?

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 ...
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Does any school seriously believe Maitreya might appear in my lifetime

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 ...
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Were all of the historical Buddhas born on today's planet earth?

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 ...
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Why is Budai often associated with the future Buddha Maitreya?

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 ...
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How do Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhists make sense of Maitreya's prophecy?

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 ...
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Is there mention of Maitreya Buddha in Pali Canon?

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 ...
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Buddha Sasana of Ariya Maitreya Buddha

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 ...
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When will Maitreya Buddha come according to the Manimekalai?

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 ...
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Does any school seriously believe Maitreya might appear in my lifetime

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: ...
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Were all of the historical Buddhas born on today's planet earth?

In Digha Nikáya Sutta 14 Mahapadana Sutta & DN 32 The Āṭānāṭiya Discourse, the Supreme Buddha stated that six Supreme Buddhas appeared over 91 world-cycles. The seven Buddhas, including "our" ...
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Does Buddhism teach an apocalyptic cosmology?

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 ...
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Does Buddhism teach an apocalyptic cosmology?

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 ...
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Does Buddhism teach an apocalyptic cosmology?

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 ...
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