I heard that Maitreya is Barack Obama. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1198040
???? I don't know, but he could be!
The Maitreya is a Buddhist character that has been stolen by the whole New-Age mumbo-jumbo. And like most things New-Age touches are being desecrated and transformed into some kind of Sci-Fi scenario to fit their end-times script, same with the Maitreya.
I bet 99% of the GLPers view the Maitreya as a New-Age messiah, when in fact he is just one of many Bodhisattvas.
His Chinese version known as Milefo is also called the laughing Buddha.
Â« This Maitreya is the real Maitreya; he is present through billions of forms; he shows himself ceaselessly but no one recognizes him Â»
Fuck New-age and Theosophy. Everything they have touched slowly lost it's sense over time with probably the final objective to make one global syncretic religion that will pleases all but will have lost it's true meaning.
The world is 10 times richer with different traditions and views than with one single spirituality supposedly fitted for all (like all people on earth eat the same food, listen to the same music and wear the same cloths. BS).