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Miroku Bosatsu

Miroku Bosatsu (弥勒 仏) or Shōraibutsu 将来仏 (lit. Future Buddha), Maitreya in Sanskrit is a Buddha who would appear in the future, when the teaching of the former Buddha would be lost.

Historically the belief in Maitreya is shared by the Theravada and Mahāyāna currents of Buddhism but more recent schools have taken up this belief.