6.25" X 4" X 2.75", 10.5 oz.
According to the traditions of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha prophesied to his disciples that after the planet had been steeped in a period of darkness, Lord Maitreya would descend to earth to preside over an age of enlightenment. Buddhists today await Maitreya’s coming in much the same way that Christians await Jesus’ Second Coming. But whereas Buddhists believe that Maitreya is coming at some future date (some put it at 100's of years, others, thousands, millions and even billions of years from now), others believe that Maitreya has come already in his Ascended Light body. Rather than thinking of a past or future boddhisattva, he is gloriously relevant to us, as a very present Buddha at etheric levels, having full Buddhic powers and attainment, which he may transmit to us through teachings, initiations and empowerments.
Shown with an extremely sweet and gentle countenance, Maiterya here holds in his right hand the stem of a lotus flower. The bloom of this blossom supports the Buddhist wheel of spiritual instruction. His left hand similarly bears a vase at the shoulder level, signifying immortality. Maitreya’s throne is tapering and edged; his feet resting on a lotus base.