Maitreya is a name for your own future awakening.
All the rest is speculation and story-telling.
but you are not five and are a fellow Buddhist lol
The Bodhisattva’s Sutra
The ending few paragraphs
“The place where Maitreya Buddha will pronounce the Dharma will be 100 yojanas long and 80 yojanas wide. Each person in the multitudes, whether sitting or standing, whether near or far, will see the Buddha pronounce the Dharma for him alone. Maitreya Buddha will remain in the world for 60 koii years, and, out of sympathy for sentient beings, He will enable them to acquire the Dharma-eye. After His parinirvana, gods and humans will cremate His body, and the Wheel-Turning King will collect the relics. Eighty-four thousand pagodas will be erected on the four continents. The true Dharma will remain in the world for 60,000 years, followed by the Dharma-likeness for 60,000 years as well. All of you should progress diligently, invoking your pure mind and performing good deeds. Then there is no doubt that you will see Maitreya Buddha, the luminous lamp of the world.”
After the Buddha had finished these words, the venerable Sariputra and the venerable Ananda rose from their seats, made obeisance to the Buddha, and knelt on their right knees. Joining their palms, they asked the Buddha, “World-Honored One, what is the name of this Sutra? How should we uphold it?”
The Buddha told Ananda, “You should remember it well and expound it separately to all gods and humans. Do not be the person who will finally terminate the Dharma. The tenet of this Dharma is that all sentient beings should end the five rebellious acts, totally annihilate the hindrances caused by karmas, retributions, and afflictions, and cultivate the mind of lovinghindness, so as to walk with Maitreya Buddha. Accept and uphold it as such. This Sutra is also called the Sutra of All Sentient Beings, by Hearing the Name of Maitreya Buddha, Definitely Avoiding the World of the Five Turbidities and Not Going Down to the Evil Life-Paths. Accept and uphold it as such. It is also called the Sutra of the Certainty to See Maitreya Buddha by Obliterating the Evil Karma of the Mouth, with a Mind like the Lotus Blossom. Accept and uphold it as such. It is also called the Sutra of the Mind of Lovingkindness, Not Killing and Not Eating Flesh. Accept and uphold it as such. It is also called the Sutra of Sakyamuni Buddha’s Dharma Robe as the Evidence of Trust. Accept and uphold it as such. It is also called the Sutra of Definite Avoidance of the Eight Difficulties If One Hears the Name of the Buddha. Accept and uphold it as such. It is also called the Sutra of Maitreya Bodhisattva’s Attainment of Buddhahood. Accept and uphold it as such.”
The Buddha told Sariputra, “After the Buddha’s parinirvana, if, among bhiksus, bhiksunis, upasakas, and upasikas, as well as the eight classes of Dharma protectors such as gods, dragons, and spirits, there are those who, having heard this Sutra, accept and uphold it, read and recite it, and make obeisance and offerings to it, as well as respect Dharma masters, they will annihilate all their hindrances-karmas, retributions, and afflictions. They will definitely see Maitreya Buddha and [the rest of] the 1,000 Buddhas of this Worthy Kalpa. They will attain one of the three bodhis according their wish. They will not be reborn in a woman’s body. They will renounce family life with the right view and achieve the great liberation.”
Having heard the Buddha’s words, the multitude greatly rejoiced. All made obeisance to the Buddha and departed.
Someone I feel sorry for, because christian fundies have labeled him an anti christ.
The Buddha Maitreya is a future Buddha who will come after the Buddha’s (Siddhartha Gautama’s) teachings have finally been forgotten on the earth.
Specifically because he’s supposed to come after no trace of the Buddha’s Dhamma survives, anyone claiming to be the Maitreya today (and there are quite a few) is a liar.
Are you a Buddhist? I’ve been one for 4 years :).
Basically he is a man (Just like any Buddhist) that wants to reach enlightenment. We have to be good in our lifes and if we mess up we must reincarnate into a similar life. If you succeed you move up into a better life until you’ve reached Enlightenment.
He is the Marxist ideal. No problems, no wants, no anxiety.
From what I understand, the figure of Maitreya is a Bodhisattva, which is sort of like a prophet. The difference here is that are a prophesised figure.
The prophecy goes that Maitreya will come on the day that the last teachings of the original Buddha stopped being taught and are forgotten. At this time he will once again teach the pure teaching of Buddha, and bring about a new age for humanity. It will signal the end of the “middle time” and the birth of a brand new world.