The next Buddha to come into our world - Maitreya Buddha

I often see the image of a laughing, pot-bellied monk and I didn’t know that it was of Maitreya Buddha until I started learning Buddhism.

Here is Master Sheng Yen giving some explanation on why Maitreya Buddha is portrayed in this manner and other interesting snippets of information on the next Buddha:


the wiki entry here…for more info: