Sakyamuni Buddha said that the
next Buddha is Maitreya Buddha. Maitreya means friendly, benevolent or
compassionate. He is the enlightened one who is the saviour and in
charge of the Heavenly Court at the end of the age. The common English
name for Maitreya Buddha is ‘Lucky Buddha’ or ‘The Laughing
Buddha’ who is often depicted in a sitting position with a big belly
and a joyful smile or standing, smiling and carrying a bid cloth bag;
the Chinese named him ‘Mi Le’ Buddha.
- Why does Maitreya Buddha
always carry a big cloth bag? It is a symbol of human burdens and
advised us to let go; it is also meant to carry our burdens and give
- Maitreya Buddha is said to
come just before the end of the age to save the righteous souls back
to the highest Heaven. He is the saviour and will amass the
righteous souls and give salvation. ‘The White Sun is a symbol of
the end of the age,’ said Maitreya Buddha. My own witness twice on
the appearance of the White Sun in late 1994 and 1997 leads me to
the path of Tao of Heaven.
- In Tao of Heaven, Maitreya
Buddha is the saviour who is in charge of the Heavenly Court. The
seventeenth Patriarch since Bodhidharma, Patriarch Lutzu Chung Yi is
the rebirth of Maitreya Buddha.
- Lutzu Chung
Yi was born in Jining, Shantung Province on 24th day of the 4th
lunar month in the 29th year or the reign of Daoguang (1853) during
the Ching Dynasty. He received the seat of Generational Master
during the 31st year of the reign of Guangshu (1907) during the
Ching Dynasty. He returned to the void or Highest Heaven on the 2nd
day of the 2nd lunar month in the 14th year of the Republic.
- In Tao of Heaven temple, we
address him as ‘Ching Kong Chu Tze’ and recognize him as the
rebirth of Maitreya Buddha. His photograph appears in all Tao of
Heaven temples and he is ‘The Heavenly Buddha of the White Period,
the White Lotus and the White Sun.’
two palms have lines of two Chinese characters meaning
‘Heavenly Seal.’ It is one of the ‘Three
Heavenly Treasures’ to signify that
those who received Tao will be classified as a family member of
Maitreya Buddha and his forehead will be stamped and sealed with an
invisible seal performed by JiGong. With this seal, the devotee will
have ‘a dot of brightness on his forehead and a dot of brightness
in Heaven Board’ that records the names of all devotees of Tao of
- In Revelation (7:1-3) in the
neither the earth nor the sea nor the trees until we have sealed the
servants of our God upon the forehead" said JiGong.
truth is embedded in the Bible and this is one of the truths,"
- Lutzu Chung Yi
- Reincarnation of Maitreya