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.

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.

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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.

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Maitreya Buddha Project Social Programs & Economic Impact

Project Benefits

Social Programs & Economic Impact

The goal is for the statue to last at least 1,000 years, providing an enduring monument to the quality of loving-kindness. However, the statue itself is not the main purpose of the Project. The purpose is to bring as much benefit as possible, for as long as possible – spiritually, in education and health care, and economically, through the direct and indirect creation of employment opportunities.

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.

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Maitreya Buddha Statue Project in Kushinagar India. Annual Winter Blanket Appeal

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.

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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!

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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.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.

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