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 has been handed over by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, the external borders of the site have been marked, and a site office has been established. Technical site investigations have been commissioned, and Stup Consultants has been appointed as our architect. In addition, work is in progress to establish a visitor experience center.

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.
Maitreya Buddha Project. Importance of Maitreya Buddha Statues.

Project History Overview

Why Buddha Maitreya & Why Kushinagar?

The Maitreya Project was the inspiration of Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984), the co-Founder of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. 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.

Latest News

Follow All Recent & Coming Activities and Plans!

The new basic layout for the Maitreya Statue has now been decided and approved by the Spiritual Director, Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. Marginal changes will be made over time as the plans are further refined. The layout of the park is under development. The first phase of the site and reception office has been completed and soon the Maitreya Project experience center will be opened. The surveying and the marking of the external boundaries have been completed. In April and May of this year, world-renowned feng shui master Joey Yap made detailed recommendations for the placement of the statue and the fundamental layout of the site. In March of this year, a team consisting of executives from the Maitreya Project, supported by senior managers of the Government Advisory Division of Yes Bank, held a meeting with the District Magistrate and all his officers, along with members of the media in which the new plans of the project were announced, and much more!


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