By Laura Ellis
On February 2nd 2019, H.E. Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche bestowed the Maitreya initiation from the lineage of the Indian master Asanga’s pure vision. Rinpoche described Maitreya as the bodhisattva who made the determination to realize the Dharma and keep it relevant for our future. Lord Buddha Shakyamuni prophesized that Maitreya will be the future Buddha, abiding in the Tushita Heaven until the Dharma has faded from our world. Maitreya will then ascend to the World of Endurance to teach the Dharma.
The initiation that Rinpoche bestowed was intended to awaken the Maitreya within us. Reciting the Majestic Aspiration of Maitreya, Rinpoche explained, is a way to bring all the factors of the Mahayana to the forefront of our minds so, by reciting Maitreya’s words, which include the entire Mahayana Path, we will attain bodhi. (more…)