Definitions

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  • proper noun A bodhisattva who is considered, in Buddhism, to be a future Buddha.

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  • noun the Bodhisattva who is to appear as a Buddha 5000 years after the death of Gautama

Etymologies

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From Sanskrit मैत्रेय (Maitreya).

Examples

  • The little metal buckle on the elastic has the word 'Maitreya' inscripted in Pali (an ancient Eastern language where the word Maitreya was originated)

    Fashion World of SL

  • Many believe that the recent surge of miracles reported worldwide herald the coming of a great spiritual teacher called Maitreya who will teach us the art of living and help us solve the problems that beset mankind.

    Reviewing The New Spain

  • At first he won't even use the name Maitreya and just present ideas and teaching, problem and solutions NOT be magical.

    [chaucer and luther] of like mind on pardons

  • We wear them until either Maitreya comes, the future Buddha, or, since the actual meaning of the word Maitreya is "love," we wear them until we develop pure love on our mental continuums.

    Explanatory Talks at the Rikon Kalachakra Initiation 1985 ��� Day One

  • Because he matched the profile, hundreds of people around the world believed that Patel was the living embodiment of a figure they called Maitreya, the Christ or "the world teacher".

    "BANPC" via James Bow in Google Reader

  • Because he matched the profile, hundreds of people around the world believed that Patel was the living embodiment of a figure they called Maitreya, the Christ or "the world teacher".

    Neatorama

  • The Maitreya is a prophesied future Buddha so I'm not sure how that would be a comparison for Jesus who was claimed to be the brother of a guy who lived in Jerusalem Gal.

    Review of Doubting Jesus' Resurrection

  • Religious scholars will recognize immediately that talk of "The Christ" or World Teacher his nothing to do with the Christian Messiah but a different chap called Maitreya or Djwahl Kuhl who, in the Christian religion has another name and who the Rolling Stones had sympathy for.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • What religion believes the Maitreya is the final messiah to come to the earth?

    Yahoo! Answers: Latest Questions

  • What religion believes the Maitreya is the final messiah to come to the earth?

    Yahoo! Answers: Latest Questions

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  • "Maitreya is the supreme spiritual being in the esoteric belief system espoused by Share International, an organization based in London and Amsterdam and led by an eighty-seven-year-old oil painter named Benjamin Creme. In Creme's eschatology, Maitreya--Creme borrowed the term, meaning "loving kindness" in Sanskrit, from the Theosophy movement of the nineteenth century, which borrowed it from Buddhism--is the culminating Messiah figure awaited by all the world's major religions. He is at once the Buddhist future Buddha, the Christian Second Coming, the Jewish Messiah, the Muslim Imam Mahdi, and the Hindu Krishna."

    --Lauren Collins, Our Far-Flung Correspondents, "Are You the Messiah?," The New Yorker, November 29, 2010, p. 32.

    January 7, 2011