Buddhist Mythology

The Gods and Bodhisvattas of Enlightenment...

MAITREYA

Indian Happiness God

Smiling Buddha of the Future

Get back to the future with this cheerful Buddha. He is a delightfully happy — and very rotund — figure. It seems that in the future, everyone will be smiling and possess a large belly.

Maitreya means ‘Loving One’ and there’s lots to love about him too. He is persistently popular and you’ll find statues of him everywhere.

His Chinese equivalent is Milo Fo.

Maitreya Facts and Figures

Name: Maitreya
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:
Name means: Loving One

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Happiness
Area of expertise: Happiness

Good/Evil Rating: GREAT, really beneficial
Popularity index: 191

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Article last revised on April 20, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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