The Future of Buddhism?

bongeunsa maitreya statue

Maitreya (मैत्रेय in Sanskrit) is The Future Buddha – who will appear on Earth, achieve enlightenment and teach pure Dharma. Images (e.g. statues) of Maitreya can be found around the world. This particular one is in Bongeunsa temple in Seoul (see earlier post). It’s massive (23 meters tall), it’s beautiful, it gives you that sense of wonder as you emerge from the forest-like grounds of the temple to see it in a clearing before you; and even in the biting cold of winter you can see people sitting in front of it worshipping or simply staring up in reverence.

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