Introduction VII: The Coming of Mi-Le Buddha (Maitreya Buddha)

The name Mi-Le Buddha first appeared over two-thousand years ago in India. The Guide to the Gospels of Mi-Le Buddha records how Mi-Le Buddha became enlightened since his coming to the world.

Since his first coming to the world and vowing to become a Buddha in the Pure Land, ten Cycles of Heaven and Earth have elapsed. In this tenth Cycle, the seed he sowed sprouted and the fruit ripened, and it’s about time for him to harvest it. When he reveals his identity, the world will become a Pure Land.

In the Red Yang Period in this Cycle, Sakyamuni Buddha descended to Earth from Tusati Heaven and was born in northern India. Mi-Le Buddha followed him and was born in southern India.

After Sakyamuni Buddha was enlightened, Mi-Le Buddha traveled from southern India to northern India to follow Sakyamuni Buddha in Sravasti. When Sakyamuni Buddha initiated Mi-Le Buddha into the monastery, he stated that:

Maitreya Bodhisattva
had already attained Tao

and that he would enter Nirvana twelve year later, and then lecture in Tusati Heaven.

Anyone who wanted to be a follower of Mi-Le Buddha must follow the Five Disciplines,17 do the Ten Goodwill Measures,18 and chant the name of Mi-Le Buddha. After fifty-six-billion years,* the followers would follow Mi-Le Buddha descending to Earth, listen to his sermons in the Long-hua Assemblies,19 and become enlightened.

However, Mi-Le Buddha has left traces of his descending in the world many times, but the mortals couldn’t recognize him. In the South-North Period of China, Mi-Le Buddha descended as Fu Da-shi.

In Tang Dynasty, he descended as the Monk with Cloth Bag (or the Happy Buddha). Presently, all statues of Mi-Le Buddha in China are in the form of the Monk with Cloth Bag, which unveils his chest and abdomen.

Mi-Le Buddha
Mi-Le Buddha or Monk with Cloth Bag or Maitreya Buddha (Image by christels from Pixabay)

When the Monk with Cloth Bag was about to leave the world, he sat on the east side of the temple and said:

Mi-Le is the real Mi-Le.
Mi-Le has innumerous images.
His appearance
is shown to people constantly,

except that people cannot recognize it”.

Therefore, *the number of fifty-six billion is only a symbol.

Furthermore, The Bible and The Koran both prophesy the end of the world and the coming of a world savior. The Doctrine of the Mean states “When the Saint descends one hundred Generations** later, there will be no doubt to the Truth”.

Different names of the Savior are used, but the same event is designated. Therefore, we should not doubt the coming of the world Savior.

** A Generation is thirty years. See question 7.

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