​An elixir for restoring youth

The precious book of salvation Later Chinese Buddhism texts for the most part continue the tradition of Maitreya as one  of a series of saviors. For example, an eighteenth-century text, The precious book of salvation brought by Maitreya, is in the form of vignettes concerning several incarnations of Maitreya, who adopts various guises to save … Continue reading ​An elixir for restoring youth

The ‘secret’ role of the Thus Come One

​Spirit of Early Chinese Buddhism However religious his basic task and intention, Maitreya could thus appear as a symbol of a different system of order and authority in the world, and hence it is not surprising that he was often viewed with suspicion by official investigators. Nonetheless, in the scripture texts themselves his role is … Continue reading The ‘secret’ role of the Thus Come One