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Maitreya, the Future Buddha


Alan Sponberg, Joseph M. Kitagawa, Jan Nattier, Padmanabh S. Jaini, Daniel L. Overmyer, Lewis Lancaster, Hue-Tame Ho Tai, Helen Hardacre: Miyata Noboru, Christine M. E. Guth, Karen L. Brock, Martin Colcutt
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521180108

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  • Originally published in 1988, this book is a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the legend that has evolved around the figure of Maitreya, which followers of the Buddha Siddhārtha Gautama had agreed would be the future Buddha, and the substantial influence of this legend on Buddhist culture. Arising out of an international conference held at Princeton University, this collection of twelve essays by specialists in textual studies, art history and cultural anthropology examines the origins of the Maitreya tradition in South Asia as well as a variety of culturally specific expressions of the tradition as it developed in China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan. The essays explore the various expectations Buddhist practitioners have had of Maitreya and examine the iconographic and ritualistic symbols associated with this messianic and millenarian figure. Several essays also examine the controversy regarding circumstances under which the figure has sometimes taken on apocalyptic and eschatological characteristics.

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521180108
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    introduction Alan Sponberg
    Part I. Mitreya and the History of Religions:
    1. The many faces of Maitreta: a historian of religions' reflections Joseph M. Kitagawa
    2. The meanings of the Maitreya myth: a typological analysis Jan Nattier
    Part II. The Core Tradition and its Subsequent Variation
    Section 1. Maitreya in South Asia: Introduction Alan Sponberg:
    3. Stages in the Bodhisattva career of the Tathāgata Maitreya Padmanabh S. Jaini
    Section 2. Maitreya in China , Korea, and Vietnam: Introduction Alan Sponberg:
    4. Wŏnhyo on Maitreya visualisation Alan Sponberg
    5. Messenger, savior and revolutionary: Maitreya in Chinese popular religious literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Daniel L. Overmyer
    6. Maitreya in Korea Lewis Lancaster
    7. Perfect world and perfect time: Maitreya in Vietnam Hue-Tame Ho Tai
    Section 3. Maitreya in Japan: Introduction Helen Hardacre:
    8. Types of Maitreya belief in Japan Miyata Noboru
    9. The pensive prince of Chūgūju: Maitreya cult and image in seventh-century Japan Christine M. E. Guth
    10. Awaiting Maitreya at kasagi Karen L. Brock
    11. Mt Fuji as the realm of Miroku: the transformation of Maitrya in the cult of Mt Fuju in early modern Japan Martin Colcutt
    12. Maitreya in modern Japan Helen Hardacre
    Epilogue: a prospectus for the study of Maitreya Alan Sponberg

  • Editors

    Alan Sponberg

    Helen Hardacre


    Alan Sponberg, Joseph M. Kitagawa, Jan Nattier, Padmanabh S. Jaini, Daniel L. Overmyer, Lewis Lancaster, Hue-Tame Ho Tai, Helen Hardacre: Miyata Noboru, Christine M. E. Guth, Karen L. Brock, Martin Colcutt

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