Maitreya rigpawiki

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Maitreya (Skt.; Tib. བྱམས་པ་, Jampa, Wyl. rigpawiki byams pa) or Maitreyanatha (Skt. Maitreynātha; Tib. Jampé Gönpo; Tib. བྱམས་པ་མགོན་པོ་, Wyl. byams pa'i mgon po) is the bodhisattva who will be the next buddha after Shakyamuni Buddha. For now he resides in Tushita rigpawiki. He transmitted teachings to Asanga rigpawiki, who transcribed them as the ‘Five Treatises of Maitreya rigpawiki’. As one of the eight great bodhisattvas, he is sometimes depicted as whitish-yellow in colour and holding an orange bush which dispels the fever of the destructive emotions.

Five Treatises

Maitreya transmitted the root teachings to Asanga rigpawiki. Among the five, four are classed as shastras (commentaries) proper, and one falls into the class of oral instructions. The four that are shastras are extensive are: Template:Tibetan

  1. The Ornament of Clear Realization rigpawiki (Skt. Abhisamayālaṃkāra; Tib. མངོན་རྟོགས་པའི་རྒྱན་, Wyl. mngon par rtogs pa'i rgyan).
  2. The Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras rigpawiki (Skt. Māhayānasūtrālaṃkāra; Tib. ཐེག་པ་ཆེན་པོའི་མདོ་སྡེ་རྒྱན་, theg pa chen po'i mdo sde rgyan).
  3. Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes rigpawiki (Skt. Madhyāntavibhāga; Tib. དབུས་དང་མཐའ་རྣམ་པར་འབྱེད་པ་, dbus dang mtha' rnam par 'byed pa).
  4. Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata rigpawiki (Skt. Dharma-dharmatā-vibhāga; Tib. ཆོས་དང་ཆོས་ཉིད་, chos dang chos nyid rnam par 'byed pa) is very brief and direct in its presentation and is included within the class of oral instructions.
  5. The Sublime Continuum rigpawiki (Skt. Uttaratantra Śāstra; Tib. རྒྱུད་བླ་མ་, Wyl. rigpawiki rgyud bla ma).

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