Maitreya is a Bodhisattva who in the Buddhist tradition, is to appear on Earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor of the historic Śākyamuni Buddha.
Buddha Maitreya ~ Maitreya is recognized in both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism as the Buddha who will succeed Sakyamuni, currently residing in Tushita heaven. In anticipation of his future Buddhahood, Maitreya may be depicted as already a Buddha.
This unusual representation of the Buddha Maitreya makes for a very unique and exquisite Thangka. Combining both traditional and modern techniques this painter has captured the essence of Buddhism today.