AT LAST ! THE ANNOUNCEMENT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING TO MAKE !
On August 19th 2016, State Government of Uttar Pradesh signed over about 200 acres of land to Maitreya Project Trust in Kushinagar! Please click here for details, photos, and next steps! and follow the links below for information about our history and for other news of the project to build a magnificent Maitreya Buddha statue in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India.
A Monument to Loving Kindness
Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar
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.
Project History Overview
Why Buddha Maitreya & Why Kushinagar?
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.
Social Programs & Economic Impact
Spiritually, many will have the chance to establish a connection with the future Maitreya Buddha by visiting, venerating, or knowing about, the Project. 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 in time, a hospital as its base.
Latest News Updates
Maitreya Project Kushinagar Annual Winter Blanket Appeal
Last winter, through your kind donations, Maitreya Project Trust continued its program of distributing thousands of good quality, heavy woolen blankets to people in need around Kushinagar and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Please click here for an update on the 2015 program. Now, in 2016, we are appealing for your help to once again distribute blankets to the homeless and those in need in and around Kushinagar. One good quality blanket costs approximately 375 rupees or US$6. Click here for the latest news on the 2016 program and follow the link below to donate now.
Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar
How You Can Help
Maitreya Buddha Peace Meditation
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