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There are Three Main Topics & Divisions:
- Non-iconic (narrative based): Peaceful Appearance, a student of the Buddha from Mahayana literature
- Buddha of the Future (narrative based): Buddha Appearance
- Iconic (meditational deity): based on the Tantra (Vajrayana) literature

Maitreya General Subjects & Topics:
- Maitreya Definition (below)
- Iconographic Forms & Types
- Narrative Forms
- Maitreya Masterworks
- Art History Topics
- Confusions
- Others...

Maitreya (Tibetan: cham pa. English: Love), the bodhisattva of loving kindness and the Buddha of the next future eon after the age of Shakyamuni Buddha. Maitreya is believed to currently reside in the Tushita Heaven and is typically depicted as having either a Bodhisattva Appearance or Buddha Appearance with all the typical characteristics.

Tibetan: Jetsun Champa Gonpo (rje btsun byams pa mgon po)

In painting Maitreya is commonly depicted in bodhisattva appearance and is commonly found along with the other Eight Great Bodhisattvas in compositions with either Shakyamuni or Amitabha Buddha as the central figure.

"With the fire of great love burning the fuel of anger, the light of pristine awareness removes the darkness of ignorance; heir to the Conqueror's Dharma, upcoming leader of beings; to the one residing in Tushita, I bow." (Buddhist liturgical verse).

Iconographic Characteristics:
- Stupa
- Water Flask
- Wheel
- Tree Branch
- Mala (bead garland)
- Deer Skin
- Legs Pendant

Jeff Watt 2-2002 [updated 2-2016]