Meaning of MAITREYA in English
The buddha who is expected to come in the future, known to all schools of Buddhism. He is worshipped as a being who guides those who confess their wrongs, and teachers who become discouraged. He is sometimes depicted as the "Laughing Buddha" with his hands stretched over his head, a smile on his face, and a large, bare stomach. He represents all-encompassing love.
Buddhism English glossary. Английский глоссарий буддизма. 2012