The Question of Maitreya

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The Question of Maitreya (Skt. Maitreya­paripṛcchā; Tib. བྱམས་པས་ཞུས་པ།, Wyl. ’phags pa byams pas zhus pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po’i mdo) is a Mahayana sutra where the Buddha explains to Maitreya the qualities that a bodhisattva needs to attain enlightenment quickly. The Buddha then recounts to Ananda how, in a former life, Maitreya revered a previous Buddha and, wishing to become just like him, at once realized that all phenomena are unproduced. It includes the famous "Prayer to Maitreya".[1]


The Tibetan translation of this text is found in the Heap of Jewels section of the Tibetan Kangyur, Toh 85.


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.