Maitreya Buddha patiently awaits his time to return to the earthly realm. In the distant future, sentient life will have forgotten the Dharma teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha. As a result, they will have fallen into deep disarray. The prophecy predicts that Maitreya will return to obtain Buddhahood on his own and reteach the Dharma to sentient beings. However, the prophecy also says Maitreya will be the final Buddha.
Our Maitreya Buddha Tibetan Thangka painting depicts the future Buddha as he waits in Tusita Heaven. Additionally, the owner of this thangka can visualize what Tusita Heaven looks like. It is extravagantly beautiful with verdant landscapes, flying dragons, waterfalls and blossoming flowers.
Maitreya sits upright in a chair because he is prepared to immediately return to the earthly realm when his time has come. He is the only Bodhisattva who is depicted in paintings and sculptures sitting upright. Additionally, he is adorned with the jewels and crown of a Bodhisattva. However, he also wears the 3 neck lines and the third eye of wisdom which are the marks of a Buddha.
Maitreya is dressed in a royal golden robe which indicates his importance in Mahayana and Tibetan Buddhism. There is a lotus flower blossoming behind his left ear as it grows over his left shoulder. Inside the blossom, there is a golden Dharma wheel which represents the teachings he will bring to the earthly realm upon his return.