The Maitreya Project is an international organisation, operating since ,  which intends to construct statues of Maitreya Buddha in India and perhaps elsewhere. These plans have since changed, and the Maitreya Project now intends to construct relatively modest statues in both towns. The project was initiated by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition , an organisation within the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.
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Many now expect the return of their awaited Teacher , whether they call him the Christ, the Messiah, the fifth Buddha, Krishna, or the Imam Mahdi. Millions now know that the one who fulfils all these expectations, Maitreya, the World Teacher, is already living among us and is gradually emerging into full public recognition. Maitreya is the Teacher for all humanity — those of all spiritual traditions, and those who follow no particular faith. He does not come as a religious leader, but as an educator in the broadest sense. Maitreya has not come alone , but with a group of wise men, the Masters of Wisdom, who have long worked from behind the scenes as the inspirers, teachers and guides of humanity. They are returning to the everyday world to help us solve our most critical global problems. Maitreya and the Masters will show us that the only way to bring about peace is to create justice; and the only way to establish justice is to share the resources of the world, equitably, among all humanity according to need.
The FPMT is an organization devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide by creating opportunities to listen, reflect, meditate, practice and actualize the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha and based on that experience spreading the Dharma to sentient beings. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion. These items include homestudy programs , prayers and practices in PDF or eBook format, materials for children , and other resources to support practitioners. Items displayed in the shop are made available for Dharma practice and educational purposes, and never for the purpose of profiting from their sale. Lama Zopa Rinpoche wrote a letter in February explaining how this vision came about, the focus of each Maitreya Project, and the benefits. Current efforts are focused on the project in Kushinagar. In the Buddhist pantheon, the historical Buddha Shakyamuni is considered the fourth of eventually 1, Buddhas who will manifest on this earth and each of whom will initiate a cycle of spiritual teachings. According to ancient textual reference, Kushinagar is the place where Maitreya Buddha will manifest. During the winter months, Maitreya Buddha Kunshinagar Project distributed thick blankets to various institutions, including orphanges, India, Photo courtesy of Maitreya Buddha Kushinagar Project.