Maitiye Buddha is a future Buddha of this world in Buddhist eschatology. In some Buddhist literature, such as the Amitabha Sutra and the Lotus Sutra, he is referred to as Ajita Bodhisattva. Maitriya is a bodhisattva who in the Buddhist tradition is to appear on Earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitriya will be a successor of the historic ??kyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The prophecy of the arrival of Maitriya is found in the canonical literature of all Buddhist sects (Therav?da, Mah?y?na, Vajray?na) and is accepted by most Buddhists as a statement about an actual event that will take place in the distant future.
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