Mahayana Buddhist prophesy tells us that Maitreya will return in the distant future. Currently, Maitreya Buddha waits in Tusita Heaven until his time comes to return to the earthly realm. Maitreya sits on his throne in a constant state of preparation. As a result, a Maitreya Buddha statue is the only Buddha or Bodhisattva depicted sitting upright in a chair.
Maitreya will first appear in a city called Ketumati which will be part of the Chakravarti Kingdom. Additionally, in the time of Maitreya, human beings will have a life span of 80,000 years and their skin will radiate with beautiful colors. Additionally, the Dharma teachings of Shakyamuni will have been forgotten. Therefore, Maitreya Buddha statues represent the self realized Buddha of the future. Similar to the current Buddha, Maitreya must reteach the Dharma to all sentient beings. Click here to learn more about the Maitreya prophecy.
Maitreya Buddha Statue Features
This Maitreya Buddha statue wears the crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva. Maitreya is also depicting the Dharmachakra mudra because it will be his responsibility to set the “Wheel of Dharma” in motion once again. Additionally, between the thumb and index finger of each hand he holds the stem of a lotus flower.
The lotus flower is a symbol for enlightenment. The lotus seed grows from the muddy pond bottom through the murky water and blossoms in the clean air and sunshine. As a result, it resembles sentient life struggling through the vicissitudes of samsara. Only through diligent practice and steadfast dedication will it be possible to rise above the murky water to reach Nirvana. Maitreya statues encourage all beings to overcome all obstacles to their spiritual realization.