Before I leave Maitreya, it is important to recognize that he, along with Guan Yin, Kannon, White Tara, Green Tara, Avalokiteshvara and many other Bodhisattva figures are the image of the sacred loving kindness and compassion that we are able to express for our fellow human travelers.
The great mystics of all spiritual traditions have taught of a divine spark within each one of us. In the Buddhist tradition, it is named as ones own Buddha nature. Each one of us has the ability to actualize our inner bodhisattva through acts of loving kindness and generosity of spirit practiced towards the many sentient beings with whom we share our earthly abode
In the Buddhist tradition, loving kindness and the practice of generosity are considered to be sacred and are imaged as celestial beings.