HHDL_home“The very name Maitri, that’s loving-kindness. Now in today’s world, we really need the promotion of Maitreya …” – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama


LZR_home“Our main goal is not the Maitreya Buddha statue itself. The main goal is the peace and happiness of all living beings …” – Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche


Maitreya Buddha Statue Project in Kushinagar, India

A Monument to Loving Kindness

Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar

A magnificent Maitreya Buddha statue is planned for construction in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India. After many years of work, artistic, and engineering renderings are complete. 

The site is about to be handed over by State Government of Uttar Pradesh, and the Project will be able to move on to the site and establish an office, visitor center, basic infrastructure, and commence technical site investigations as preparation for construction. It has been a long road to this point but the wait and persistence is well worth it.

The site adjoins the Parinirvana Temple which denotes the place where Shakyamuni Buddha passed into Parinirvana.

The site also adjoins the Ramabhar Stupa which denotes the location of Shakyamuni Buddha’s cremation stupa. This is indeed one of the holiest places for Buddhist pilgrimage.  >READ MORE

Maitreya Buddha Project. Importance of Maitreya Buddha Statues.

Project History Overview

Why Buddha Maitreya & Why Kushinagar?

The Maitreya Project was the inspiration of its founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe following his first visit back to Tibet in the early 1980’s. In the Buddhist pantheon, the historical Buddha Shakyamuni is considered the 4th of eventually 1,000 Buddhas who will manifest on this earth and each of whom will initiate a cycle of spiritual teachings.

Maitreya Buddha is predicted to be the 5th Buddha who will appear on earth. According to ancient textual reference, Kushinagar is the place where Maitreya Buddha will manifest.

Building large statues of Maitreya Buddha has traditionally been considered auspicious in order to reduce the period of “spiritual darkness” when Shakyamuni Buddha’s teachings have disappeared and before the appearance of Maitreya Buddha whose teachings then will again provide the means for spiritual development to people of the time.  >READ MORE

Latest News

Follow All Recent & Coming Activities and Plans!

Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar Is On The Move! 2016 was a great year and 2017 is unfolding with much activity and work already starting on the land!  Things are moving fast after many years in limbo waiting for the handover of land.

In a private audience in December, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Maitreya Buddha Project Trustees to review the Project site plan showing the Maitreya Site contiguous to the Parinirvana Temple and Lord Buddha’s Ramabhar Cremation Stupa. His Holiness advised the Trustees to ensure the Project becomes a vibrant centre of Buddhist study and learning. On December 15th a groundbreaking ceremony was held on the Kushinagar land site and in early 2017 work has already begun on the land, the development team is being re-mobilized after a long time, and much more! >READ ALL THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE PROJECT NOW!

Project Benefits

Social Programs & Economic Impact

The main purpose of this Project is to bring as much benefit as possible, for as long as possible. Spiritually, many will have the chance to establish a connection with the future Maitreya Buddha. Economically, the Project will attract many visitors from India, other parts of Asia, and the world. Maitreya Project aims to provide education based on compassion and inner values. The Maitreya Project will also provide social services including a mobile clinic network with a hospital as its base. >READ MORE

Maitreya Buddha Statue Project in Kushinagar, India. How You Can Help

Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar

How You Can Help

The Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar is a socio spiritual charitable trust registered with the Government of India in 2003. Our resources are dedicated towards our statue project and other social activities.

Every donation, no matter how small or large, is important. Thank you!  >HOW YOU CAN HELP

Maitreya Buddha Statue Project in Kushinagar, India

Global Peace

Maitreya Buddha Peace Meditation

Peace is our responsibility — only when the cause, loving kindness, exists within every person’s heart and mind, can peace become attainable. As the cause of peace (loving-kindness) spreads to more and more people, world peace will become attainable.

Please follow the link for a special Peace Meditation offered as a method that we can use to create the cause of peace. Available in 8 languages.  >READ MORE

    The great Maitreya Buddha will appear in this world and achieve the great Enlightenment and at that time Shakyamuni Buddha will bless him. In the Kangyur there are many Maitreya Buddha dharanis which we recite. There is much about Maitreya Buddha and his former lives, how he was born with the higher purified beings. Recitation of the mantras gives a very good imprint in our mind for the future. In the Kangyur also it says that people in our time, like us, who build statues, will become the first disciples of the great Maitreya Buddha when he appears in this world. We shall be showered with the nectar of His teaching. In the sutra known as Rashmirimala it is related that even if a sentient being builds a stupa with spit or a small stick he or she will accumulate infinite virtues. In Tibet there are many statues erected of Maitreya Buddha because anyone associated with a Maitreya statue will be born during the period of Maitreya Buddha in this world and will receive teachings and attain the highest Enlightenment and become Buddha.–His Eminence Chobgye Trichen Rinpoche

    As a Bodhisattva, we don’t think of ourselves alone making connection and attaining the state of Buddha Maitreya. Since we have to benefit all sentient beings and since all sentient beings have to make the connection, if we build the representative of Buddha’s body, speech and mind, just by seeing the statue of Buddha Maitreya one will develop love.– His Holiness Kalka Jetsun Dampa Rinpoche

    It is a good time to build the statue now. Considering the fact it is the time when Buddha’s teaching is degenerating, if we build the statue of Maitreya Buddha, the teachings will flourish and spread world peace, bringing joy and happiness to sentient beings.– His Holiness Penor Rinpoche