Buddhist traditions foretell the appearance of Maitreya, a future Buddha. Regarded as the Buddha (Shakyamuni Buddha) of the future, Maitreya is thought to herald a new era of enlightenment. It was predicted in Buddhist writings, such as the Pali Canon and Mahayana Sutras. According to the divination, Matreya will become a Bodhisattva, a wise and compassionate being who will lead sentient beings to emancipation and eventually become a Buddha.
The Sanskrit term "Maitreya" means "loving-kindness" or "friend," signifying the bodhisattva's altruistic disposition. In Buddhist teachings, Maitreya is said to be living in Tushita Heaven, waiting for the proper moment to come down to earth and turn the wheel of Dharma.
The cultivation of virtues is emphasized in Maitreya's teachings as crucial to spiritual growth. Maitreya’s essence is encouraging harmony, understanding, and empathy among all beings. Universal love and the desire for the welfare and enlightenment of all sentient beings are the main themes of the message. It is recommended that followers live lives that exemplify these characteristics, cultivating empathy and selflessness towards others.
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