I was reading somewhere of a prophecy of a future Buddha that is supposed to come. I think his name is Maitreya. Could anyone tell me where I can read more about it? Are there any prophecies referring to the timing?
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Here is what it shows
- The Arising of the Buddha Metteyya
And the Blessed One named Metteyya will arise in the world—perfected, a fully awakened Buddha, accomplished in knowledge and conduct, holy, knower of the world, supreme guide for those who wish to train, teacher of gods and humans, awakened, blessed—just as I have arisen today. He will realize with his own insight this world—with its gods, Māras and Brahmās, this population with its ascetics and brahmins, gods and humans—and make it known to others, just as I do today. He will teach the Dhamma that’s good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end, meaningful and well-phrased. And he will reveal a spiritual practice that’s entirely full and pure, just as I do today. He will look after a Saṅgha of many thousand mendicants, just as I look after a Saṅgha of many hundreds today.
Then King Saṅkha will have the sacrificial post that had been built by King Mahāpanāda raised up. After staying there, he will give it away to ascetics and brahmins, paupers, vagrants, travelers, and beggars. Then, having shaved off his hair and beard and dressed in ocher robes, he will go forth from the lay life to homelessness in the Buddha Metteyya’s presence. Soon after going forth, living withdrawn, diligent, keen, and resolute, he will realize the supreme end of the spiritual path in this very life. He will live having achieved with his own insight the goal for which people from good families rightly go forth from the lay life to homelessness.
Mendicants, be your own island, your own refuge, with no other refuge. Let the teaching be your island and your refuge, with no other refuge. And how does a mendicant do this? It’s when a mendicant meditates by observing an aspect of the body—keen, aware, and mindful, rid of desire and aversion for the world. They meditate observing an aspect of feelings … mind … principles—keen, aware, and mindful, rid of desire and aversion for the world. That’s how a mendicant is their own island, their own refuge, with no other refuge. That’s how they let the teaching be their island and their refuge, with no other refuge.
(DN 26, Ven Sujāto translation)
Apparently he will come after King Saṅkha rules all of India (see the preceding section of the scripture above). So we’ve got some waiting, I guess.
Do we know why this is?
I think it’s just because he’s the bee’s knees.
I wonder if Avalokiteśvara could be the bodhisattva that will realize Buddhahood. He has been very active in helping people in the path to salvation (if I understand correctly he is the one who incarnates as the Dalai Lama). The tradition in Tibet seems so strong and vibrant.
I think the greater Sukhāvatīvyūhasūtra gives Avalokiteshvara a different name upon his abhisheka from the Buddhas of the 10 directions. After this if I recall correctly the text has him inheriting Sukhāvatī after Amitābha’s parinirvana, to look after the beings there.