The Chronicle of the Future Buddha (Anagatavamsa)
Bhagavato Arahatto Sammasambuddhassa
Sariputta of great wisdom,
the leader Upatissa, the firm general of the Doctrine, approached the
leader of the world and asked the Conqueror about his own doubts with
reference to the future Buddha: "What will the wise Buddha
immediately after you be like? I wish to hear this in detail. Please tell
me, o Seeing One." Hearing the Thera's words, the Blessed One said
It is not possible for anyone
to describe at length Ajita's great accumulated merit which is not small,
which is of great fame. I will tell (you about) it in part. Listen, o
Sariputta. In this auspicious world cycle, in the future, in a crore of
years, there will be an Awakened One named Metteyya, best of men, of great
merit, great wisdom, great knowledge, great fame, great power, great
steadfastness; he will be born, one who sees.
Having great rebirth, (great)
mindfulness, full of wisdom, of great learning, he will be a preacher, a
knower, one who sees well, who touches and plunges into the highest goal.
He will be born, that Conqueror.
At that time, there will be a
royal city named Ketumati, twelve leagues long and seven leagues
wide, full of men and women, adorned with palaces, frequented by men
and women, incomparable, rightly protected.
There will be a king named
Sankha, of limitless strength and vehicles, possessing the seven jewels, a
Wheel-turning Monarch of great power, having psychic powers, fame,
enjoying all sensual pleasures; and he will preach the doctrine of
quiescence that destroys all its opponents. A well-made palace
there, like a divine palace, will arise through his merit. (It will be)
resplendant with many jewels, surrounded by balustrades, well designed,
delightful, resplendant, very tall, the best, hard to look at, harming the
eyes. The jewel palace that came into existence for King Maha-Panadassa
will rise up for him and King Sankha will live in it.
And then, in that city, there
will be various streets here and there, delightful lotus ponds, well
built, with beautiful banks, 16 full to the brim of fragrant, clear,
clean, cool, sweet water, (with banks) strewn with sand, (ponds) covered
with red and blue lotuses, accessible to all people at all times. There
will be seven rows of palm trees and walls of seven colours made of jewels
encircling all the city. The royal city of Kusavati at that time will be
Ketumati. In squares at the gate(s) of the city there will be shining
wishing trees, (one) blue, (one) yellow, (one) red, and (one) white. There
will have come into being divine clothes and divine ornaments hanging
there, all sorts of wealth and possessions.
At that time, in the middle
of the city, there will be four halls, facing the four directions, and
there will be (another) wishing tree produced by his merit. Hanging from
those wishing trees there will be cotton cloth, sheaths, flaxen cloth of
Kodum produced by his merit. Hanging from those wishing trees there will
be tambourines, tambours, and small drums produced by his merit. Hanging
from those wishing trees there will be encircling bracelets and necklaces
made of jewels produced by his merit. Hanging from those wishing trees
there will be "high" oranments, "blooming-face"
ornaments, bracelets and girdles produced by his merit. And hanging from
those wishing trees there will be many other ornaments and decorations of
Through the action of beings'
merits, men will enjoy self-generated rice that has no "dust,"
no chaff, that is pure, sweet- smelling, with grains ready husked, ripened
without cultivation. A sixteenth of (today's) ambana (measure) will be
2,270 cartloads. And at that time one grain will produce two tumbas - they
are called rice grains - produced by the action of beings' merits. The men
who live in Ketumati in the kingdom of Sankha will wear armour and
braclets. Whatever they want will be fulfilled. They will have happy
faces. They will wear large earrings. Their bodies will be covered with
yellow sandalwood paste. They will wear garments from Kasi. They will be
of great wealth, rich; they will be waked by drums and lutes. They will
constantly be exceedingly happy in body and mind.
Jambudipa will be ten
thousand leagues, without thorns, clear, with green grass. There will be
three diseases: desire, hunger, and old age. The women will marry at the
age of five hundred. They will always be in unity, congenial, without
disputes. The vines, trees, and bushes will be equipped with fruit and
flowers. There will be a grass four-inches high that will be as soft as
cotton. There will be even rains and gentle winds, neither too hot nor too
cold. There will always be a beautiful climate. The rivers and ponds will
not lack (in water). Here and there in the districts, the pure sand will
not be rough. It will be scattered around like pearls the size of peas and
beans. It will be delightful like an adorned garden.
Here and there, there will be
villages and towns very close together and full of people. (The
villages and towns) will be like a great forest of reeds and bamboo, full
of people, I think, at a cockflight's (distance), without interval.
Trading cities will be filled with men and women who will be prosperous,
rich and tranquil, free from danger and in good health. They will wander
about festivals, always joyful, always playing, extremely happy. They will
rejoice, happy and pleased. There will be much food and water, much to
eat, much meat, drink, and water. Jambudipa will be delightful, like the
Alakamanda of the Devas or the broad capital of the Kurus.
One named Ajita (will be
born), Metteyya, the best of two-footed beings, with the thirty-two
excellent marks and the minor characteristics, of golden complexion,
without stain, very splendid, resplendent, of the highest fame, glorious,
of perfect form, of good sight, of great power, incomparable. He will be
born in a Brahman family, with great wealth and possessions, and of
excellent family. There will be no dispute concerning his birth. (Four)
palaces made of jewels will have come into being for Ajita: Sirivaddha,
Vaddhamana, Siddhattha, and Candaka. Ajita's female attendants will be
women perfect in all their limbs, adorned with (all kinds of) ornaments,
small, medium, and large. There will be a complete (retinue of) one
hundred thousand women fully adorned. Candamukhi will be his wife.
Brahmavaddhana will be his son. He will delight in great happiness, be
joyful, and endowed with pleasure. He will enjoy all fame like Nandana and
Vasava. He will live in a household for eight thousand years.
At some time, he will go to a
park for pleasure to amuse himself. Seeing the danger in sensual pleasures
and being wise in accordance with the nature of Bodhisattas, he will see
the four signs which destroy sensual pleasures: an old man, a sick man, a
dead man, and a happy wanderer. He will go forth. Having sympathy for all
beings, he will become averse to sensual pleasures. Not looking for the
unsurpassed, great happiness and bliss in seeking honour, he will go
forth. He will undertake the practice of exertion for seven days. That
Conqueror will go forth, leaping up (into the air) with his palace. Ajita
will go forth, honoured by a great group of people, friends and
companions, blood relatives, a fourfold army, an assembly of the four
castes, and 84,000 princesses.
When Metteyya has gone forth,
at that time, 84,000 Brahmans who are skilled in the Vedas will go forth.
At that time, both of the brothers, Isidatta and Purana will go forth
(with) 84,000 (other people). The twins, Jatimitta and Vijaya, of
unlimited wisdom, will approach that Perfect Buddha from the 84,000. The
householder named Suddhika and the lay woman Sudhana will approach the
perfect Buddha from that 84,000. The lay disciple named Sangha and the lay
woman named Sangha will approach that perfect Buddha from the 84,000. The
householder named Saddhara and the renowned Sudatta will approach that
perfect Buddha out of the 84,000. The woman named Yasavati and the
renowned Visakha will be honoured by men and women. They will go forth in
renunciation on the admonition of Metteyya. Other citizens and many people
from the country, and no few nobles, Brahmans, merchants, and workers,
inclined to renunciation, a great crowd of all sorts of birth, will then
go forth, following the going forth of Metteyya.
On the day that Wise One goes
forth in renunciation, on that very day of renouncing, he will approach
the dais of the tree of awakening. In the place of the unconquered Bulls
Among Men, on that supreme seat of awakening, seated in a cross-legged
position, the One of Great Fame will be awakenend. The Conqueror will go
to the excellent garden Nagavana in full flower, and there he will set in
motion the incomparable Wheel of the Doctrine: misery, the arising of
misery, the overcoming of misery, and the Noble Eightfold Path leading to
the cessation of misery. Then, there will be a gathering of men all around
for one hundred leagues when that protector of the world sets in motion
the Wheel of the Doctrine. Then, very many Devas will approach the
Conqueror there, and he will free 100,000 crores from their bondage. Then,
that king Sankha, having given his jewel palace to the Sangha with the
Conqueror at its head, having given another great gift to the poor, the
needy, and to beggars, hurrying along with this queen, he will approach
the Perfect Buddha. Through the power of the great king and his limitless
force of charriots, he will approach the Conqueror accompanied by 90,000
crores (of people). Then the Perfect Buddha will beat the drum of the
Doctrine, the excellent and highest sound of the kettle drum of the
undying, making known the Four Truths. The company of people accompanying
the king, all 90,000 crores without exception, will become "Come
Then Devas and men will
approach the Leader of the World and ask the Conqueror a question
concerning Arahatship. That Conqueror will answer them and 80,000 crores
will attain Arahatship. That will be the third penetration. The first
assembly will be of 100,000 crores of those whose taints are destroyed,
who are spotless, of peaceful minds, venerable ones. When the Blessed One
proclaims the Invitation (to declare purity) at the end of the rainy
season, that Conqueror will be surrounded by 90,000 crores. And when the
Sage has gone in seclusion to the golden and silver Gandhamadana slope of
the Himavanta mountain range, he will enjoy the sport of meditation
(accompanied by) 80,000 crores of those whose taints are destroyed, who
are spotless, of peaceful minds, venerable ones. 100,000 crores of those
who possess the six higher knowledges, who possess great psychic power,
will constantly surround that Protector of the World, Metteyya.
Skilled in discriminating
knowledge, knowing the words and the explanation (of the Doctrine), very
learned, expert in the Doctrine, knowledgeable, adorning the Sangha, well
tamed, gentle, firm, they will surround that Conqueror. That Naga (the
Buddha) will be honoured by those monks who will be Nagas like him. He who
will have crossed over, together with those who have crossed over, who are
at peace, who assemble in peace. Together with an order of disciples
surrounding that Great Sage, the Compassionate One, the Sympathetic One,
Metteyya, greatest of two-footed beings, raising up many individuals
and Devas, will bring them to Nibbana. That Conqueror will wander around
the towns and villages and capitals. He will beat the drum of the
Doctrine. He will sound the conch shell of the Doctrine. He will proclaim
the spiritual sacrifice. He will raise the banner of the Doctrine. He will
roar the lion's roar, set in motion the excellent wheel (of the Doctrine),
and cause men and women to drink the drink of truth with its excellent
taste. That Conqueror will wander for the sake of all beings, both rich
and poor, causing many people who are capable of being awakened to be
The Seeing One will cause
some to take refuge (in the Triple Gem), some to take the five moral
precepts, and some to undertake the ten skilful (actions). He will give
some the state of being a novice and the four excellent Fruition States.
He will give some discriminating knowledge into the incomparable Doctrine.
The Seeing One will give some the eight excellent attainments. He will
give some the three knowledges and the six higher knowledges. That
Conqueror will admonish (a large) group of people (to undertake) that
practice. Then the Teaching of the Conqueror Metteyya will be wide spread.
Seeing people capable of
being awakened, that Sage will go 100,000 leagues in a moment and will
cause them to be awakened. At that time, Metteyya's mother will be named
Brahmavati, his father will be named Subrahma and will be the priest of
King Sankha. His foremost lay disciples will be Asoka and Brahmadeva. The
(lay) attendant Siha will attend on that Conqueror. Paduma and Sumana will
be his foremost female disciples. Sumana and Sangha will be his foremost
personal attendants. Yasavati and Sangha will be his foremost female
attendants. The Naga tree will be the awakening (place) for that Blessed
One. Its trunk will be two thousand cubits. It will have 20,000 branches
with curved tips (always) moving. It will shine like the outspread tail of
a peacock. The tips (of the branches) will be continually in flower and
fragrant with a heavenly smell. The blossoms will be the size of wheels,
with enough pollen to fill a nali measure. (The tree) will send its
perfume in all directions for ten leagues, both with and against the wind.
It will scatter its flowers all around the throne of awakening. People
from the country, coming together there, will smell the excellent odour
and pour forth words (of admiration), rejoicing in its odour. There will
be a happy fruition of meritorious deeds for that venerable one, the Best
of Buddhas, whose unimaginable radiance will spread out (like the smell
of) the flowers.
That Conqueror will be
eighty-eight cubits tall. That Teacher's chest will be twenty- five cubits
in diameter. The Seer will have broad eyes with thick eyelashes. His eyes
will be pure, not blinking day or night. His physical eye will see small
or large things in all directions for ten leagues without obstruction. His
radiance will stream forth as far as twenty-five leagues. That Conqueror
will shine like a streak of lightening or a candlestick. He will shine
like the sun, resembling a garland of jewels. His (thirty-two major)
marks and (eighty) secondary marks will at all times be seen as rays. Many
hundreds of thousands of different sorts of rays will fall down. At every
footstep (he takes) a beautiful flowering lotus will grow. (The lotuses
will be) thirty cubits (across) with even petals and twenty-five minor
petals. The stamens will be twenty cubits long and the pericaps will be
sixteen cubits long. Inside the red lotuses (the flowers) will be filled
with very red pollen. The Kamavacarika Devas will make columns of honour
and Naga kings and Supanna (Devas) will decorate them. There will be
eight columns of gold, eight of silver, eight of jewels, and eight made of
coral. There will be many hundreds of flags hanging there disporting
themselves adorned garlands of flags ornamented with many precious things.
There will be awnings adorned with jewels and resembling the moon. There
will be many jewelled head ornaments with nets of small bells surrounding
them. They will scatter fragrant, sweet-smelling, perfumed flowers,
and different sorts of powder, both human and divine, and a variety of
cloths of diverse colours, beautiful, of the five colours. They will all
sport around, having faith in the Buddha. There will be gateways there
with strings of jewels, a thousand (cubits) high, delightful, beautiful,
unobstructed and well-formed. They will be seen to be shining, with their
radiance widespread all around.
The Buddha, at the head of
the Order of Monks, will go in their midst, like Brahma in his assembly or
lnda in his palace. When the Buddha goes (anywhere), they will go; when he
stays (in a place), they will stay; when the Teacher sits or lies down
together with his assembly, they will always practise the (same) four
postures. There will be these honours as well as others, both human and
divine. There will constantly be many sorts of marvels to honour Metteyya
through the power of his endless merit.
Having seen that marvel, many
people of various births, (many) men with their families, will only
abandon the Teacher as their refuge at the cost of their lives. Whoever
practices the holy life after hearing the word of the Sage, that person
will go beyond journeying-on, which is subject to death and difficult to
escape from. Many householders will purify the eye of the Doctrine by
means of the ten meritorious acts and the three types of right action.
Many will be destined for heaven through being accomplished in the
traditional learning and texts, having purified (themselves) through
respect for him, and through following the true Doctrine. It would not be
possible to describe in every detail their fame which will be so great.
They will be continually very happy. When they reach the end of their time
(in that life), those men will have great fame as well as happiness. Life,
beauty, and strength, and heavenly bliss (in a heavenly world) will be
theirs. They will experience the happiness of sensual pleasures for as
long as they wish. Then afterwards, at the end of their lives, they will
enter into (true) happiness.
(The Buddha's) lifetime there
will be 80,000 years. Remaining there that long, he will bring many people
to the other shore. He will cause beings whose minds are ripe to be
completely awakened and he will instruct others who have not perceived the
(four) truths concerning which is the right path and which is the wrong
path. He will carefully establish the torch of the Doctrine, the boat of
the Doctrine, the mirror of the Doctrine, the medicine (of the Doctrine)
for beings (at that time and) in the future. Then, in the midst of the
venerable order of lay disciples who will have done what should be done,
that Conqueror will blaze out like a mass of fire, and he will be
extinguished. When the Perfect Buddha has been completely extinguished,
his Teaching will remain for 180,000 years. After that, there will be a
terrible disappearance in the world.
Thus, the constituent
elements are impermanent, not firm, temporary, transitory, liable to
destruction and old age, and empty. The constituent elements are like an
empty fist, they are empty, they are the talk of fools. There is no power
for anyone there, not even for one who has the psychic powers. Thus,
knowing this as it really is, one should be disillusioned with all
compounded things. A Thoroughbred Among Men is hard to find. He is not
born everywhere. Wherever that Hero is born, that happy family prospers.
Therefore, in order to see Buddha Metteyya here, act rightly, firmly,
energetically, with agitated mind. Whoever does good things here and
dwells vigilent, whether a monk, nun, lay disciple, or laywoman disciple,
whoever esteems the great Buddha, pays great honour to the Great One, that
person together with the Devas will see the auspicious assembly at that
time. Practise the holy life. Give suitable gifts. Keep the observance
days. Practise loving kindness carefully. Be one who delights in being
vigilent, always performing meritorious actions. Having acted skilfully
here, you will make an end of misery.
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This publication is one of
several marking the tenth anniversary of Mother Sayamagyi and Sayagyi U
coming out of Burma to continue their work in the Tradition of Sayagyi U
by teaching the Buddha-Dhama in the West.
The gift of the Dhamma
surpasses all other gifts.
Dedicated to our much
revered teacher the late Sayagyi U Ba Khin (Thray Sitthu)
to mark the 89th anniversary of his birth in March 1899.