IF you click on the picture of the statue of Maitreya in India facing Pakistan it should enlarge. This is one of my favorite pictures of Maitreya in the wilds in Statue form.
The name Maitreya even Means "Compassionate One".
You can see just how large this statue of Maitreya is by the person taking a picture standing in front of the statue.
- Maitreya , Metteyya , Maithri , Jampa (Wylie: byams pa) or Di-lặc , is regarded as a future Buddha of this world in Buddhist eschatology. In some Buddhist ...
Nichiren Buddhism and Maitreya as metaphor
Although Maitreya is a significant figure in the Lotus Sutra, the explanation of Nichiren is that Maitreya is a metaphor of stewardship and aid for the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, as written in the Lotus Sutra:
Moreover...all the bodhisattvas, Bodhisattva Maitreya....will guard and protect the votaries of the Lotus Sutra, so one may indeed rest assured.In much of his writing, Nichiren mentions the traditional Buddhist views on Maitreya but explains that the propagation of the Eternal Dharma of the Lotus Sutra was entrusted by Shakyamuni to the Bodhisattvas of earth:
The Buddha did not entrust these five characters to Maitreya, Medicine King, or the others of their group. Instead he summoned forth the bodhisattvas....from the great earth of Tranquil Light and transferred the five characters to them.Thus, each individual can embody the character of the Maitreya because he is a metaphor for compassion:
The name Maitreya means ‘Compassionate One’ and designates the Votaries of the Lotus Sutra.