maitreya

Maitreya – The Coming Buddha

I am Maitreya, the buddha of the sun 
I shine with equal love upon all 
I am called the coming Buddha not because I will manifest in physical form 
But because I come to those at advanced stages of the spiritual path 
and say: “Be blessed friends, and give blessings”.

I am called the buddha of friendship 
For I take all beings as equals 
And do not accept the hierarchies of institutions. 

My love shines equally upon persons, groups, cultures, and worlds 
I call them to live in universal love and compassion 
I am white and golden, harmonious and full of richness 
Like a symphony, I unite the competing themes in the universe. 

I am found in optimism, in hope, and in faith

And in those who look for a better tomorrow 
I bless the discouraged and the lonely 
The fearful and the mournful 
I give them a way out of the prisons of their hearts 
I liberate beings from confinement 
And show a brilliant and infinite future. 

There are many forms of liberation within the universe 
In the vast galaxy of changing forms 
Each moment of insight, each movement of growth 
Each turning away from the past 
Is a kind of liberation.

To turn away from identity entirely is a rare blessing 
Those who do this do not look to me. 
Those who seek me need strength and determination, in life and in meditation 
They need hope and encouragement, and this I give them. 

Knowing that there is a more perfect world 
Allows them to improve this one 
Knowing that there are buddhas and bodhisattvas 
Allows them to strive for more perfect awareness 
Knowing that there is something to look forward to 
Allows the bondage of the past to fall away. 

I am the buddha of hope, and of striving 
So that transient beings may improve the world for other transients 
Though the universe grows and disintegrates and comes back again in glory 
I shall stay to bless the crowds who strive towards truth.

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