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DAILY PHOTO: Giant Maitreya of Diskit

Taken in August of 2016 in Diskit, India

Taken in August of 2016 in Diskit, India

 

It’s over 100ft (30m) tall.

 

A Maitreya is a “future Buddha,” meaning a Buddha who hasn’t yet appeared, but who was prophesied to live in an era to come. For people unfamiliar with Buddhism, this might seem strange. The Buddha we normal think of is Gautama Buddha, or the Shakyamuni Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama.) He was the founder of the religion, but one of many said to have achieved enlightenment. In other words, the Buddha we think of was an awakened one, not the awakened one.


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