About our project

Loving Kindness  is all we need. 

The Grand Maitreya Project is constructing a universal beacon for loving kindness and world peace in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Project Complex will simultaneously serve as an educational, spiritual, tourist and cultural center for the world. The purpose is to create the conditions for worldwide loving kindness to manifest, resulting in world peace. The Grand Maitreya Project believes that world peace can beautifully be achieved through the practice of loving kindness and compassion.

At the heart of the Mongolian people’s spiritual re-connection and under the spiritual guidance of HH 14th Dalai Lama is the Grand Maitreya Project. The Project aims to help further Mongolia’s cultural revival by building a beacon of loving kindness for peace on Earth.

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Mongolia is currently experiencing a nationwide cultural re-connection with their spiritual roots of Buddhism. After many years of occupation, 200 brave Mongolian people staged a peaceful protest that eventually sparked into a nationwide cultural revolution. By 1990 occupying forces retreated and Mongolia once again re-gained their spiritual freedom.

At the projects core will be the world’s tallest symbol of Loving Kindness, a 177 foot tall statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Maitreya is the Buddha of loving kindness and of the future. Connected to the statue will be a 354 foot tall stupa and complex. The historical Buddha taught that there is incredible benefit in creating holy objects as when one sees an image of loving kindness and peace it makes one think of love and peace.

At that time a positive seed is planted in the mind that will grow into loving kindness. The intention is that the grand size of this Maitreya statue and stupa will bring the sacred symbol of loving-kindness to the attention of many people throughout the entire world.

The statue site will also feature non-sectarian & international Buddhist temples representing many different lineages & traditions from around the world. Making the statue complex a unique place for all spiritual traditions to come together in peace.

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In the spirit of His Holiness Zanabazar 

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The Project is being created in the spirit of His Holiness Zanabazar, the most influential spiritual leader of the Mongols from the 17th century. Zanabazar greatly enriched and advanced traditional Mongolian culture through the introduction of Buddhist art, philosophy and culture. The Grand Maitreya statue is modeled after one of Zanabazar’s gilt bronze sculptures, the 72 centimeter standing Maitreya, crafted in the late 17th century.

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Undur Gegeen Zanabazar

1635 – 1723

Zanabazar was the most influential spiritual leader of the Mongols as he greatly enriched and advanced traditional Mongolian culture through the introduction of Buddhist art, philosophy and culture. A descendant of Chinggis Khaan, Zanabazar was recognized by the Panchen Lama and The Dalai Lama in 1640 as being a “reincarnate lama” of the Jonangpa line of Tibetan Buddhism. 

Soon after he received his seat as head of the Gelug tradition in Mongolia. In 1647 at the young age of 12 he founded the Shankh Monastery in Mongolia. After Zanabazar mastered the skills of the bronze casting while staying in Tibet, he returned to Mongolia to start what would later be called the great Mongolian artistic renaissance. Often refereed to as the Michelangelo of Asia, he would became Mongolia’s greatest sculptor. Zanabazar is also well known for inventing the soyombo, the national symbol of Mongolia, and he also reformed the Mongolian script. 
Zanabazar was also a visionary and teacher in the field of astrology. Zanabazar created many famous Buddhist master pieces including sculptures of Tara, Amitabha and Shakyamuni. It was Maitreya Buddha that Zanabazar had a particular keen interest in, creating many beautiful Maitreya sculptures in his lifetime while often writing about Maitreya at the same time. The Grand Maitreya Project is being created in the spirit of Zanabazar who so greatly admired Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of Loving Kindness. Many of Zanabazar’s creations can be seen in museums in Mongolia and in Washington D.C.
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Project benefits

Grand Maitreya Project plans to bring as much benefit to as many beings as is possible, for as long as possible spiritually, educationally and ecologically. The intention is to create a culture of loving kindness and education around the statue in Mongolia and in the Western nations. The Grand Maitreya Foundation was founded in 2009 to the implement this project.

The Grand Maitreya Foundation is a non-profit, non-membership, non-governmental organization that serves the well-being of all of society with offices in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Tucson, Arizona, USA. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Jhado Rinpoche, Nechung Oracle and leader of Mongolian Buddhism Khamba Lama D.Choijamts are providing spiritual guidance for the Foundation and Project.

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The historical Buddha taught that there is incredible benefit in creating holy objects as when one sees an image of loving kindness and peace it makes one think of love and peace. At that time a positive seed is planted in the mind that will grow into loving kindness. The intention is that the grand size of this Maitreya statue and stupa will bring the sacred symbol of loving-kindness to the attention of many people throughout the entire world regardless of faith.

A Buddha’s image is not worshipped, instead a Buddha image is used as an inspiration for creating and spreading positive human qualities all around the world. The positive human quality associated with Maitreya is specifically loving-kindness. The Grand Maitreya Complex will be a beautiful place of peaceful unity surrounded by sacred mountains and a culture of loving kindness. The Complex will Feature international Buddhist temples and centers representing many lineages and traditions from around the world. The Complex will also be home to a new temple for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a meditation pavilion for up to 5,000 people.

The Complex’s educational centers will provide a venue for educational and training programs on Buddhist ethics and philosophy for visitors from around the world. The educational center and its training programs will highlight the importance of preserving nature while educating youth to become mindful global citizens with good ethics. Buddhist teachings and philosophy have the potential to… ???

The Grand Maitreya Complex will serve as a world-wide destination and retreat for Buddhists and people of all faiths from around the world. The Complex will include retreat facilities, hotels, restaurants, museums and world class parks to relax and meditate in. The loving-kindness generated here by people visiting will travel back and spread throughout the entire world.

The statue and stupa have been engineered to last for at least 1,000 years using green building techniques. A structure and complex of this size, design and beauty can become a model example for the world. The beauty and loving kindness atmosphere will create a new marvel for the world to enjoy.

The Grand Maitreya Foundation has created a sub program called “Maitreya’s Green Horse.” This sub project will be responsible for fighting desertification in Mongolia and in other countries. Mongolia is one of the locations that is being the most adversely affected by the changing global climate conditions and desertification now threatens 90% of Mongolia. Maitreya’s Green Horse will plant thousands of trees each year around the Grand Maitreya Complex in a 90 degree angle, spanning out many miles and eventually across borders. This can help to slow down the effects of desertification and can help to mitigate the changes in world climate due to desertification.

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