Maitreya

Buddhist - The Buddha in a future incarnation. The laughing Buddha, patron of workers in precious metals. The fourth Buddha, in some accounts. Son of Brahmayus and Brahmavati. In some accounts, he was a real man, a disciple of the Buddha who will appear in the role of a future Buddha. When he comes, he will be hailed as Chakravartin. It is said that he will be born, 500 years after the death of Gautama, to Brahmavati, after a pregnancy lasting ten months, emerging from her right side. His teaching will convert even the demons and the world will be at peace. The world will gradually come to an end because, in the absence of all forms of desire, no more children will be procreated. He is represented as a jovial fat man, with ear-lobes reaching down to his shoulders, waiting in the Tushita heaven until he is reborn in 5,000 (or 5,670 million) years, the Buddha yet to come. He carries prayer-beads and a bag. He is equated with Hotei whom he resembles and who also carries a bag. In some accounts, referred to as Maitreya, Fu-tai-shih, Fu-tai-shih, Japanese Warai-botoke, Warai-botoke, Warai-botoke, Chinese Fu-tai-shih, Asita, Asita, Mi-lo-fo, Ajita, Chinese A-shih-to, A-tzu-ta, Mi-lofo, Mi-lo Fo, etc (see Mi-lo-fo)Tibetan Ma-p'am-pa, M-phem-pa, Chakravartin, Chakravartin, Chakra-Varti, Chakra-Varti, Chinese Hsiao Fo, Chinese Hsiao Fo, Miroku, Miruk, Pu T'ai Hoshang, Pu T'ai Hoshang, Hindu Kalki, Hindu Kalki, Japanese Miro(ku), Japanese Miro(ku), Kalki, Hotei, Hotei, Pusa, Wagon Priest, Korean Miruk, Korean Miruk, Manchurian Maidari, Manchurian Maidari, Mongolian Maidari, Mongolian Maidari, Pali Metteya, Pali Metteya, Tibetan Byams-pa, Tibetan Byams-pa, Chem-pa, Chem-pa or Byams-pa.

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