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Maitreya in Tibetan Buddhism: Image and Myth
Maitreya in Tibetan Buddhism: Image and Myth

Author(s): Studia Asiatica
Subject(s): History
Published by: Romanian Assoc. for the History of Religions & Inst. for the History of Religions, Romanian Academy

Summary/Abstract: The figure of Maitreya occupies a special position in Buddhism. He is the only Bodhisattva that is common to early Buddhism as well as late Buddhism. The cult of Maitreya, existing in all the countries where Buddhism has domesticated, has its origins in India, where it appeared about two hundred years B. C. Maitreya, Bodhisattva of a human origin thus represents a link or a common denominator of all the main Buddhist traditions. Contrary to the Shambhala myth, the Maitreya myth is universal, present in all the Buddhist countries.

  • Issue Year: 7/2006
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 55-73
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English