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*This sculpture has been Radiocarbon (C14) tested by Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory, Lower Hutt, New Zealand and has been found to be 395 +/ - 43 years old.
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<br>This is Maitreya, the “happy Buddha” of the future, whose sculpture once stood in a Buddhist temple. The Buddha-to-be represents the harbinger of a new age and will be reborn in a period of decline to renew the doctrine of Buddhism.
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<br>This 74-inch-tall painted wood figure from China’s Ming dynasty sits in vajrasana, the left hand in varadamudra and the right hand in vitarkamudra, with his feet crossed at the ankles. The position represents reasoning, argumentation, or explanation of a teaching. Dressed in the clothes of either Bhiksu or Indian royalty and adorned with jewelry and high tiara, Maitreya exudes majesty and limitless tolerance and generosity. His images appear in Gandhara, possibly predating those of the Buddha. The prophesy, which appears in the literature of all the major schools of Buddhism, holds that Maitreya’s purpose as the successor to the current Buddha is to achieve complete enlightenment.  Physical events will mark his coming of Maitreya, including the shrinking of the oceans so that he can traverse them.  It will also bring the unveiling of the true dharma, allowing the birth of a loving new society built on tolerance and health rather than warfare and famine.  Not surprisingly, the name Maitreya comes from the Sanskrit word maitri, which means “loving kindness.” *This sculpture has been Radiocarbon (C14) tested by Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory, Lower Hutt, New Zealand and has been found to be 395 +/ - 43 years old.
<br>
<br>This is Maitreya, the “happy Buddha” of the future, whose sculpture once stood in a Buddhist temple. The Buddha-to-be represents the harbinger of a new age and will be reborn in a period of decline to renew the doctrine of Buddhism.
<br>
<br>This 74-inch-tall painted wood figure from China’s Ming dynasty sits in vajrasana, the left hand in varadamudra and the right hand in vitarkamudra, with his feet crossed at the ankles. The position represents reasoning, argumentation, or explanation of a teaching. Dressed in the clothes of either Bhiksu or Indian royalty and adorned with jewelry and high tiara, Maitreya exudes majesty and limitless tolerance and generosity. His images appear in Gandhara, possibly predating those of the Buddha. The prophesy, which appears in the literature of all the major schools of Buddhism, holds that Maitreya’s purpose as the successor to the current Buddha is to achieve complete enlightenment.  Physical events will mark his coming of Maitreya, including the shrinking of the oceans so that he can traverse them.  It will also bring the unveiling of the true dharma, allowing the birth of a loving new society built on tolerance and health rather than warfare and famine.  Not surprisingly, the name Maitreya comes from the Sanskrit word maitri, which means “loving kindness.” *This sculpture has been Radiocarbon (C14) tested by Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory, Lower Hutt, New Zealand and has been found to be 395 +/ - 43 years old.
<br>
<br>This is Maitreya, the “happy Buddha” of the future, whose sculpture once stood in a Buddhist temple. The Buddha-to-be represents the harbinger of a new age and will be reborn in a period of decline to renew the doctrine of Buddhism.
<br>
<br>This 74-inch-tall painted wood figure from China’s Ming dynasty sits in vajrasana, the left hand in varadamudra and the right hand in vitarkamudra, with his feet crossed at the ankles. The position represents reasoning, argumentation, or explanation of a teaching. Dressed in the clothes of either Bhiksu or Indian royalty and adorned with jewelry and high tiara, Maitreya exudes majesty and limitless tolerance and generosity. His images appear in Gandhara, possibly predating those of the Buddha. The prophesy, which appears in the literature of all the major schools of Buddhism, holds that Maitreya’s purpose as the successor to the current Buddha is to achieve complete enlightenment.  Physical events will mark his coming of Maitreya, including the shrinking of the oceans so that he can traverse them.  It will also bring the unveiling of the true dharma, allowing the birth of a loving new society built on tolerance and health rather than warfare and famine.  Not surprisingly, the name Maitreya comes from the Sanskrit word maitri, which means “loving kindness.” *This sculpture has been Radiocarbon (C14) tested by Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory, Lower Hutt, New Zealand and has been found to be 395 +/ - 43 years old.
<br>
<br>This is Maitreya, the “happy Buddha” of the future, whose sculpture once stood in a Buddhist temple. The Buddha-to-be represents the harbinger of a new age and will be reborn in a period of decline to renew the doctrine of Buddhism.
<br>
<br>This 74-inch-tall painted wood figure from China’s Ming dynasty sits in vajrasana, the left hand in varadamudra and the right hand in vitarkamudra, with his feet crossed at the ankles. The position represents reasoning, argumentation, or explanation of a teaching. Dressed in the clothes of either Bhiksu or Indian royalty and adorned with jewelry and high tiara, Maitreya exudes majesty and limitless tolerance and generosity. His images appear in Gandhara, possibly predating those of the Buddha. The prophesy, which appears in the literature of all the major schools of Buddhism, holds that Maitreya’s purpose as the successor to the current Buddha is to achieve complete enlightenment.  Physical events will mark his coming of Maitreya, including the shrinking of the oceans so that he can traverse them.  It will also bring the unveiling of the true dharma, allowing the birth of a loving new society built on tolerance and health rather than warfare and famine.  Not surprisingly, the name Maitreya comes from the Sanskrit word maitri, which means “loving kindness.” *This sculpture has been Radiocarbon (C14) tested by Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory, Lower Hutt, New Zealand and has been found to be 395 +/ - 43 years old.
<br>
<br>This is Maitreya, the “happy Buddha” of the future, whose sculpture once stood in a Buddhist temple. The Buddha-to-be represents the harbinger of a new age and will be reborn in a period of decline to renew the doctrine of Buddhism.
<br>
<br>This 74-inch-tall painted wood figure from China’s Ming dynasty sits in vajrasana, the left hand in varadamudra and the right hand in vitarkamudra, with his feet crossed at the ankles. The position represents reasoning, argumentation, or explanation of a teaching. Dressed in the clothes of either Bhiksu or Indian royalty and adorned with jewelry and high tiara, Maitreya exudes majesty and limitless tolerance and generosity. His images appear in Gandhara, possibly predating those of the Buddha. The prophesy, which appears in the literature of all the major schools of Buddhism, holds that Maitreya’s purpose as the successor to the current Buddha is to achieve complete enlightenment.  Physical events will mark his coming of Maitreya, including the shrinking of the oceans so that he can traverse them.  It will also bring the unveiling of the true dharma, allowing the birth of a loving new society built on tolerance and health rather than warfare and famine.  Not surprisingly, the name Maitreya comes from the Sanskrit word maitri, which means “loving kindness.” *This sculpture has been Radiocarbon (C14) tested by Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory, Lower Hutt, New Zealand and has been found to be 395 +/ - 43 years old.
<br>
<br>This is Maitreya, the “happy Buddha” of the future, whose sculpture once stood in a Buddhist temple. The Buddha-to-be represents the harbinger of a new age and will be reborn in a period of decline to renew the doctrine of Buddhism.
<br>
<br>This 74-inch-tall painted wood figure from China’s Ming dynasty sits in vajrasana, the left hand in varadamudra and the right hand in vitarkamudra, with his feet crossed at the ankles. The position represents reasoning, argumentation, or explanation of a teaching. Dressed in the clothes of either Bhiksu or Indian royalty and adorned with jewelry and high tiara, Maitreya exudes majesty and limitless tolerance and generosity. His images appear in Gandhara, possibly predating those of the Buddha. The prophesy, which appears in the literature of all the major schools of Buddhism, holds that Maitreya’s purpose as the successor to the current Buddha is to achieve complete enlightenment.  Physical events will mark his coming of Maitreya, including the shrinking of the oceans so that he can traverse them.  It will also bring the unveiling of the true dharma, allowing the birth of a loving new society built on tolerance and health rather than warfare and famine.  Not surprisingly, the name Maitreya comes from the Sanskrit word maitri, which means “loving kindness.” *This sculpture has been Radiocarbon (C14) tested by Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory, Lower Hutt, New Zealand and has been found to be 395 +/ - 43 years old.
<br>
<br>This is Maitreya, the “happy Buddha” of the future, whose sculpture once stood in a Buddhist temple. The Buddha-to-be represents the harbinger of a new age and will be reborn in a period of decline to renew the doctrine of Buddhism.
<br>
<br>This 74-inch-tall painted wood figure from China’s Ming dynasty sits in vajrasana, the left hand in varadamudra and the right hand in vitarkamudra, with his feet crossed at the ankles. The position represents reasoning, argumentation, or explanation of a teaching. Dressed in the clothes of either Bhiksu or Indian royalty and adorned with jewelry and high tiara, Maitreya exudes majesty and limitless tolerance and generosity. His images appear in Gandhara, possibly predating those of the Buddha. The prophesy, which appears in the literature of all the major schools of Buddhism, holds that Maitreya’s purpose as the successor to the current Buddha is to achieve complete enlightenment.  Physical events will mark his coming of Maitreya, including the shrinking of the oceans so that he can traverse them.  It will also bring the unveiling of the true dharma, allowing the birth of a loving new society built on tolerance and health rather than warfare and famine.  Not surprisingly, the name Maitreya comes from the Sanskrit word maitri, which means “loving kindness.” *This sculpture has been Radiocarbon (C14) tested by Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory, Lower Hutt, New Zealand and has been found to be 395 +/ - 43 years old.
<br>
<br>This is Maitreya, the “happy Buddha” of the future, whose sculpture once stood in a Buddhist temple. The Buddha-to-be represents the harbinger of a new age and will be reborn in a period of decline to renew the doctrine of Buddhism.
<br>
<br>This 74-inch-tall painted wood figure from China’s Ming dynasty sits in vajrasana, the left hand in varadamudra and the right hand in vitarkamudra, with his feet crossed at the ankles. The position represents reasoning, argumentation, or explanation of a teaching. Dressed in the clothes of either Bhiksu or Indian royalty and adorned with jewelry and high tiara, Maitreya exudes majesty and limitless tolerance and generosity. His images appear in Gandhara, possibly predating those of the Buddha. The prophesy, which appears in the literature of all the major schools of Buddhism, holds that Maitreya’s purpose as the successor to the current Buddha is to achieve complete enlightenment.  Physical events will mark his coming of Maitreya, including the shrinking of the oceans so that he can traverse them.  It will also bring the unveiling of the true dharma, allowing the birth of a loving new society built on tolerance and health rather than warfare and famine.  Not surprisingly, the name Maitreya comes from the Sanskrit word maitri, which means “loving kindness.” *This sculpture has been Radiocarbon (C14) tested by Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory, Lower Hutt, New Zealand and has been found to be 395 +/ - 43 years old.
<br>
<br>This is Maitreya, the “happy Buddha” of the future, whose sculpture once stood in a Buddhist temple. The Buddha-to-be represents the harbinger of a new age and will be reborn in a period of decline to renew the doctrine of Buddhism.
<br>
<br>This 74-inch-tall painted wood figure from China’s Ming dynasty sits in vajrasana, the left hand in varadamudra and the right hand in vitarkamudra, with his feet crossed at the ankles. The position represents reasoning, argumentation, or explanation of a teaching. Dressed in the clothes of either Bhiksu or Indian royalty and adorned with jewelry and high tiara, Maitreya exudes majesty and limitless tolerance and generosity. His images appear in Gandhara, possibly predating those of the Buddha. The prophesy, which appears in the literature of all the major schools of Buddhism, holds that Maitreya’s purpose as the successor to the current Buddha is to achieve complete enlightenment.  Physical events will mark his coming of Maitreya, including the shrinking of the oceans so that he can traverse them.  It will also bring the unveiling of the true dharma, allowing the birth of a loving new society built on tolerance and health rather than warfare and famine.  Not surprisingly, the name Maitreya comes from the Sanskrit word maitri, which means “loving kindness.”
Figure of MaitreyaMing Dynasty (136874 x 56 x 42 in.(187.96 x 142.24 x 106.68 cm) painted wood
Provenance
Private Collection, Palm Springs
Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert and Desert Projects, Palm Springs
Heather James Fine Art
*This sculpture has been Radiocarbon (C14) tested by Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory, Lower Hutt, New Zealand and has been found to be 395 +/ - 43 years old.

This is Maitreya, the “happy Buddha” of the future, whose sculpture once stood in a Buddhist temple. The Buddha-to-be represents the harbinger of a new age and will be reborn in a period of decline to renew the doctrine of Buddhism.

This 74-inch-tall painted wood figure from China’s Ming dynasty sits in vajrasana, the left hand in varadamudra and the right hand in vitarkamudra, with his feet crossed at the ankles. The position represents reasoning, argumentation, or explanation of a teaching. Dressed in the clothes of either Bhiksu or Indian royalty and adorned with jewelry and high tiara, Maitreya exudes majesty and limitless tolerance and generosity. His images appear in Gandhara, possibly predating those of the Buddha. The prophesy, which appears in the literature of all the major schools of Buddhism, holds that Maitreya’s purpose as the successor to the current Buddha is to achieve complete enlightenment. Physical events will mark his coming of Maitreya, including the shrinking of the oceans so that he can traverse them. It will also bring the unveiling of the true dharma, allowing the birth of a loving new society built on tolerance and health rather than warfare and famine. Not surprisingly, the name Maitreya comes from the Sanskrit word maitri, which means “loving kindness.”
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