Buddhist eschatology

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There are two major points of Buddhist eschatology: the appearance of Maitreya and the Sermon of the Seven Suns.wikipedia
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Maitreya

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There are two major points of Buddhist eschatology: the appearance of Maitreya and the Sermon of the Seven Suns.
Maitreya (Sanskrit), Metteyya (Pali), is regarded as a future Buddha of this world in Buddhist eschatology.

Buddhism

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There are two major points of Buddhist eschatology: the appearance of Maitreya and the Sermon of the Seven Suns.

Eschatology

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There are two major points of Buddhist eschatology: the appearance of Maitreya and the Sermon of the Seven Suns.

Dharma

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At this time, knowledge of dharma will be lost as well. Maitreya will achieve complete enlightenment during his lifetime, and following this reawakening, he will bring back the timeless teaching of dharma to this plane and rediscover enlightenment.

Societal collapse

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This will be a period of greed, lust, poverty, ill will, violence, murder, impiety, physical weakness, sexual depravity and societal collapse, and even the Buddha himself will be forgotten.

Dīgha Nikāya

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The earliest mention of Maitreya is in the Cakavatti (Sihanada) Sutta in Digha Nikaya 26 of the Pali Canon.

Pāli Canon

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The earliest mention of Maitreya is in the Cakavatti (Sihanada) Sutta in Digha Nikaya 26 of the Pali Canon. In the Sattasūriya sutta (sermon of the "Seven Suns") in the Aṅguttara Nikāya [AN 7.66] of the Pali Canon, the Buddha describes the ultimate fate of the world in an apocalypse that will be characterized by the consequent appearance of seven suns in the sky, each causing progressive ruin until the Earth is destroyed:

Enlightenment in Buddhism

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In Mahayana Buddhism, Maitreya will attain bodhi in seven days, the minimum period, by virtue of his many lives of preparation.

Varanasi

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Once Buddha, he will rule over the Ketumati Pure Land, an earthly paradise associated with the Indian city of Varanasi or Benares in Uttar Pradesh.

Amitābha

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In Mahayana Buddhism, Buddhas preside over a Pure Land (the Buddha Amitabha presides over the Sukhavati Pure Land, more popularly known as the Western Paradise).

Tushita

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He is described by Conze in Buddhist Scriptures: "The Lord replied, 'Maitreya, the best of men, will then leave the [[Tushita|]] heavens, and go for his last rebirth. As soon as he is born he will walk seven steps forward, and where he puts down his feet a jewel or a lotus will spring up. He will raise his eyes to the ten directions, and will speak these words: "This is my last birth. He currently resides in Tushita, but will come to Jambudvipa as successor to the historic Śākyamuni Buddha.

Jambudvīpa

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He currently resides in Tushita, but will come to Jambudvipa as successor to the historic Śākyamuni Buddha.

Aṅguttara Nikāya

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In the Sattasūriya sutta (sermon of the "Seven Suns") in the Aṅguttara Nikāya [AN 7.66] of the Pali Canon, the Buddha describes the ultimate fate of the world in an apocalypse that will be characterized by the consequent appearance of seven suns in the sky, each causing progressive ruin until the Earth is destroyed:

Ganges

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A third sun will dry the mighty Ganges and other great rivers.

Gautama Buddha

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He currently resides in Tushita, but will come to Jambudvipa as successor to the historic Śākyamuni Buddha.

Vajrayana

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In Vajrayana Buddhism and various other forms of esoteric Buddhism, the use of tantra is justified by the degenerate state of the present world.

Tantra

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In Vajrayana Buddhism and various other forms of esoteric Buddhism, the use of tantra is justified by the degenerate state of the present world.

Japanese language

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The East Asian belief in the decline of the Dharma (called mappo in Japanese) was instrumental in the emergence of Pure Land Buddhism.

Pure Land Buddhism

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The East Asian belief in the decline of the Dharma (called mappo in Japanese) was instrumental in the emergence of Pure Land Buddhism.

Theravada

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Within the Theravada tradition, debate over whether Nirvana was still attainable in the present age helped prompt the creation of the Dhammayutt Order in Thailand.

Nirvana

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Within the Theravada tradition, debate over whether Nirvana was still attainable in the present age helped prompt the creation of the Dhammayutt Order in Thailand. Maitreya will achieve complete enlightenment during his lifetime, and following this reawakening, he will bring back the timeless teaching of dharma to this plane and rediscover enlightenment.

Dhammayuttika Nikaya

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Within the Theravada tradition, debate over whether Nirvana was still attainable in the present age helped prompt the creation of the Dhammayutt Order in Thailand.

Thailand

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Within the Theravada tradition, debate over whether Nirvana was still attainable in the present age helped prompt the creation of the Dhammayutt Order in Thailand.

Wu Zetian

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Thus, one of the Tang dynasty apocrypha predicts his rebirth in the female form, thus creating religious legitimacy for the Wu Zetian Empress's usurpation.