We are coming to learn of more
and more teachers using or trying to capitalize on the name of Maitreya.
When you think about it, it's a natural, as attractive a marketing ploy
in the generic seeker community as the 2nd Coming would be among certain
Xians. Even better really, since who wants to get nailed up again, or
offed by some wingnut as the Antichrist?
After i listed my third Maitreya, a discussion in GRF
pointed to the idea of a page devoted to this phenom. A Google search
turned up a few more and Bob's your uncle! We got us a page.
I have to say most look pretty mediocre. From a statistical POV it
almost looks like it would be a good bet when seeing this name to run
the other way. Perhaps eventually, it will not be a good
marketing idea. But till then . . . it will always
appeal to the ignorant and/or credulous. Caveat fucking emptor, folks.
Without further ado:
The official Buddhist version – well, there are many, since there is
no one central "official Buddhist" line on almost anything –
but perhaps a sort of representative one might be this, from Lama
"Eventually the time will come for Maitreya to appear as the fifth
universal Buddha of this world age and turn the Wheel of Dharma for the
benefit of all. This will come about in the following manner. In the
future, because of the growth of delusion, the beings living in this
world will degenerate. Their lifespan will decrease and be filled with
much suffering. When the human life expectancy has shortened to only
ten years, Maitreya will manifest in the form of a great spiritual
leader and demonstrate the path of virtue. He will particularly spread
the teachings on loving-kindness and, as a result, the fortune of the
beings in this world will begin to change. As they gradually give up
their deluded attitudes and harmful behavior, their lifespan will
increase. After a great many ages the life expectancy of humans will
grow enormously and then slowly decrease again until the human lifespan
is about a hundred years. According to the prophesies of all the
Buddhas and his own promise, this will be the time when Maitreya Buddha
will appear in this world as a universal teacher."
Or, there is the Maitreya
a more or less cross-denominational effort of Buddhists everywhere
which is "building a magnificent 500ft / 152m bronze statue of Maitreya
Buddha. Constructing the statue - because the essence of Maitreya
Buddha is loving-kindness and peace - will provide a symbol to bless
and transform the mind and heart of everyone in the world. The statue
will be located at Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, in northern India close
to the place of the historical Buddha's passing away. It will be
constructed as a Buddhist cathedral for the public and will be designed
to last at least 1,000 years so it can act as a catalyst for peace for
a full millennium."
There are many other sites and pages with varying tilts on this,
Maitreya the Friend and Compassionate, accessible in a folksy way, if he
ever arrives, that Gautama Buddha, 25 centuries gone, was not.
Whatever, today's wannabes are latching onto this big-time, and it's
largely outside the "authentic" Buddhist streams, with
some very non-Buddhist spin, and primarily of Devotional or Fringie
Maitreyas i already list now are:
The shadowy mysterioso near-entity promoted by Benjamin Creme of Share
International, to whom thousands of "appearances" and miracles
have been attributed but, well, the faithful believe and skeptics don't.
Maitreya Ishwara (M) aka Swami Anand Bhaskar
about whom lots
has been said. No explicit claim to "Maitreyahood" –
though plenty of other outlandish claims – "Maitreya" is just a name.
Buddha Maitreya (T)
aka Ronald Lloyd Spencer, Tulku Karma Sonam Phuntsok Rinpoche, Babaji,
Tulku Je Tsong Khapa Gyalwa Rinpoche, Lama Dorje Buddha Maitreya Jesus
Archangel Michael, phew, enough already, is the most explicitly
Buddhist of the lot, claiming endorsements of various authentic
It is he who started the ball of this page rolling, when one of my GRF members wrote:
I asked a friend of mine who is a trained Tibetan Buddhist teacher to check out Tulku Buddha Maitreya Rinpoche
and give me an evaluation. Here's what he said:
"I did go to that 'Tibetan' site and I am highly suspicious. I didn't
recognize a single name who was supposed to be authenticating 'His
Holiness' and what's more, a tulku must be trained, not merely
recognized. They don't pop out all done. Plus, a lot of the weirder
"soul healing" stuff is worthy of Elizabeth Clare Prophet (Profit). The
language is completely outside of the usual parameters - much more New
Agey. I think Adi Da Free My Johnson has a higher chance of being the
And of course there are the
outside anti-sites, Rick
Ross and Cult
News for this guy.
Maitreya (O) aka Jose Antonio Cangco, "prophesied by T Lobsang
Rampa" indeed. Say no more. (Note also the Rampa connection for
Louix DD below, at his entry)
Maitreya (C) about whom little is said but
the pic is of a frumpy old man playing dressup, the site all mumbo-jumbo
and badly connected and genealogy grandiose beyond belief.
Maha Sambodhi Dharma
Sangha (O) *
aka Ram Bahadur Banjan /
Bomjon, Palden Dorje, Maitriya Guru, "Buddha Boy", a recent addition
who may be headed for the bigger time (Maitriya is among akas).
Maitreya Adhyatma Bhagavan Sri Babajhan
Al-Kahlil (O) aka John Lee Douglas, Adhyatma Bhagavan the Friend, little
bio-info, offers trademarked and servicemarked orgs and courses.
And Louix Dor Dempriey (D) aka Bhagavan Sri Pranananda
has a page entitled "Maitreya Revelation," which contains the
delightful bit i have quoted in part in his entry, below in red.
In full, it demonstrates the
Maitreyus Balonius species at its most florid:
"It has been prophesied for thousands of years, by many mystics and
prophets, and throughout all religions, that God would incarnate in the
form of The World Teacher to create a New World Order on Planet Earth.
"This one particular Avatar would be known by Buddhists as The
Maitreya, by Christians as The Second Coming, by Jews as The Messiah, by
Hindus as The Kalki Avatar. I Am that One.
"I have come among thee, as an equal, to create a New World Order
among all men, verily among all creation itself.
No house, home, church, or temple shall escape the dauntless ferocity
of My love, the soul-wrenching permeation of My gaze, nor the salvation
from all suffering granted by the eternal devotion of My existence
Besides the guys i list, i found a number of other similar pretenders,
voidoids and other-plane wafters, a few of which i include below:
IJ Francisc Maitreya, M Romanian, Master in Yoga of Cosmic Fire,
"I perform treatments using the Cosmic Energy, operations without lancet."
in hospital 2003.
Sananda Maitreya new name
of the 80s / 90s soul musician Terence Trent D'Arby.
Ascended Master, Cosmic Christ and Planetary Buddha, available only
through channels, primarily of the EC Prophet strain.
Maitreya Genesis 1:3 The Second Beast, The False Prophet
. . . "Maitreya is associated with some kind of 'chemical' that hypnotizes
people . . . Poisonous - Perfume - Perfumed - Toxic - Pestilent - Lethal"
– Bible Code freaks, but maybe they're onto something. Or maybe
they're just on something.
And last but . . . well maybe it IS least:
meaning of life Maitreya takes you to the journey of soul karmic analysis maitreya's mission on earth
Recycle your soul, Send a Love Card to your beloved friend with
Maitreya's Message on Love, Friendship, Marriage & Happiness etc.
. . . . . . . .
A suitable epilogue might be
something from the Land of Osho:
He said on occasion that Buddha would not necessarily "come
again" in a new body with this name but that Maitreya represents a
new paradigm, of the Master as a friend, a less formal, less
hierarchical and less serious form of relating than the old
And finally there is this much-loved anecdote from Osho's sangha: Once he named a
group of 21 disciples as enlightened. Certain "expected" names
were included, some were omitted, and there were also surprises. A few
weeks later he announced that it was all just a joke, a device to puff
up some egos and see who would do what with it.
Two of these 21 were Indian, and had some understanding of what it meant
to be enlightened. One of them, Vinod, went to Osho in
tears and begged to be let off this excruciating hook, because he knew
he wasn't enlightened. Osho told him to relax, okay, he wasn't
enlightened. The other Indian just laughed about it and said Osho is a
Three years later that man died, at which point Osho said he really was
enlightened and understood what he (Osho) had been up to. That man's
name was Swami Anand Maitreya. One difference worth mentioning between
this Maitreya and the previous gaggle of wannabes is that he did not
claim the name for himself but was given it by Osho years before this