Posted by SkySitter (220.127.116.11) on October 30, 2000 at 01:01:10:
In Reply to: Schools of thought posted by Brian W. on October 29, 2000 at 02:23:38:
: Dear all,
: Lately, I've been reading up on the four schools of Mahayana. It's very interesting. I also learned that the next Buddha (Maitreya) will materialize only when the Buddhist teachings (dharma) have dissapeared from the world. It seems to me that that is going to be a LONG time from now. Of course, my texts could be wrong-or I interpreted them wrong.
: Anyway, I've tried a little meditation recently-focusing on my breathing. I did it for approx. 10 minutes. Not much time, but for me, it was alot. It also made me feel pretty good when I was finished.
People would put the year of "the second coming of Maitreya" around 30,000 - 60,000 years, depending on whom you talk to. (Maitreya was in many of the major Mahayana scriptures.) Around 1,300 years ago, a school of Pureland (in China) was surrounding Maitreya: he is in Tusita Heaven and the believers want to be with him (until he comes back to earth tens of thousands of years later).
As said in most of the Mahayana articles: there are 84,000 doors to the right path. Do walk on one (even you are welcome to check on others).
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