Gautama’s ’s dharma vs. Maitreya’s dharma



The focus of the Awakened (Buddha)


Release from dukkha


Release of sukkha


For (Pali) dukkha read: unpleasantness, discomfort, suffering, anguish; unhappiness; pain, and so on

For (Pali) sukkha read: pleasantness, comfort, happiness, joy; pleasure and so on











The liberating insights:


“All that is subject to arising is subject to cessation.”




“A thing arises because of conditions; it ceases when the conditions for its arising cease!”

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The cause of dukkha: (personal) craving for that which is transient (i.e. anicca) and one does not own (i.e. anatta = that which is not one’s abiding/inherent essence because an after-affect of transient conditions).



Ending dukkha (= nirvana = @rest) via the reduction, then complete elimination of craving.

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Dukkha is inherent in existence. There is no escape save via the elimination of (craving for) existence (in nirvana); no gods and/or worship required.





Existence is fundamentally the ‘killer’ = mara.





Gautama claimed the existent to be an’atta, though he failed to define atta.






Gautama’s (i.e. the ascetic dropout’s) position was selective and extreme, indeed existence/life (= samsara or mata) denying. His closed response access is fundamentally everyday user (i.e. life) unfriendly, (later) moralistic.





‘Gone forth into homelessness’ (i.e. detachment) is ‘The Holy & Noble Way’.




The liberating insights:


‘All living entities function as transmission devices.’




‘Only random events carry instruction’





The cause of dukkha: (personal) failure to perform @ best.







Ending dukkha (= nirvana = on standby): restoration or attainment of @best performance.



Dukkha and sukkha (i.e. pleasantness) are personal responses to the vagaries existence; no gods or worship required.


Nirvana = non-response (i.e. ‘on standby’ or ‘waiting’).


Existence, though it ends, can both kill (i.e. be ‘evil’) and give life (i.e. be ‘good’).




Maitreya does not define atta (i.e. inherent essence). He claims that the fact of an’atta is irrelevant with regard to the response performance vis à vis life and which generates either dukkha or sukkha.


Maitreya’s position non-selective, universally open, indeed the Middle Way. It is neutral with regard to the pros and cons of existence/life. Dukkha is eliminated (pro rata or completely) via @best personal response to life. His open response access is fundamentally everyday user (life) friendly, non-moralistic.


@ best performance (i.e. response) is the  ‘The Holy & Noble Way’. This includes Gautama’s mode as special case.



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