Our Lord Buddha had predicted that in future time, there would be ten Bodhisatta that would attain full enlightenment. They would appear in this order:
“Uttamo Metteyyo Ramo Pasenadi Kosalo caAbhibhu Dighasoni ca Candani ca Subo TodeyyabrahmanoNalagiri Palaleyyo bodhisatta anukkamenaSambodhim labhanti anagate.”
a. The most honourable (Ariya) Metteyya,b. King Rama – the Hindu God – Lord Rama
c. King Pasenadi of Kosala,
d. The Deva) Abhibhu,
e. Tthe Asura Deva - Dighasoni,
f. The Brahman - Candani,
g. The young man Subha,
h. The Brahman Todeyya,
i. The elephant Nalagiri, and
j. The elephant) Palaleya.
This Gotama sasana will soon end in the year 5,000 B.E, at its dhamma ending age. After a lapse of some ten million years, in the city of Ketumati in Jambudipa, there will appear the next Buddha – Metteyya Buddha.
Metteyya Buddha Era:
(an excerpt from Sayagyi U Chit Tin wrote like this: -
The Bodhisatta will be the son of the Wheel-turning Monarch's head priest, Subrahma, and his wife, Brahmavati. He will be named Ajita, and he will bear the thirty-two marks and eighty minor marks that are common to Buddha’s and Wheel-turning Monarchs. He will lead the household life for eight thousand years. He will have four palaces named: Sirivaddha, Vaddhamana, Siddhattha, and Candaka. He will have 100,000 dancing girls His wife will be Candamukhi and his son will be named Brahmavaddhana.
Bodhisatta decides to give up household life after he has seen the four signs (an old man, a sick man, a dead man, and a contented man who has gone forth from lay life) and after a son is born to them. They put on the yellow robe and engage in striving. The Bodhisatta Metteyya will go forth in one of his palaces. Accompanied by his followers, he will fly through the air in the palace and go to the Naga tree, which will be his Bodhi tree. He will engage in striving for seven days, which is the minimum period.
There is a detailed account of these events in the Dasabodhisattauddesa:
At the age of eight thousand years, the Bodhisatta will mount a chariot that resembles a glorious celestial palace and when going to the royal park, he will see the four signs. They will produce the knowledge of a sense of urgency. And he will long for the state of going forth. Then he will return and go up to his palace. His mind will be bent on the state of going forth. At that moment, that jewel palace will fly up by a path in the sky, and he will leap up into the sky, like the king of the golden water fowl, together with his followers.
Then the Devas of the ten thousand world systems will take flowers and honour him. The eighty-four thousand kings (of India), the people from the cities and from the countryside will honour him with perfume and flowers.
· The king of the Asuras will guard the palace. The king of the Nagas will take (him) a precious gem,
· the king of the Supannas will take (him) a jewel necklace,
· the king of Gandhabbas will honour him with musical instruments and dancers.
· The Wheel-turning Monarch, together with his consorts and followers, will go to the Bodhisatta.
By the power of the king and the power of the Great Being, all that crowd will be established in the state of going forth, and the people will rise into the sky with him and go [to the Bodhi tree]. Then, the Maha-Brahma will take a sixty-league parasol and hold it [over them]. The Deva king Sakka will blow the Vijayuttara conch shell. [The king of the Yama Devas, Suyama, will take a yak's tail fan and honour him. [The king of the Tusita Devas,] Santusita, will hold a jewel fan. [The Gandhabba Deva,] Pancasikha, will take his celestial lute Velupanda, and play it. The [four Great Deva] Kings, swords in hand, will surround them on all four sides. All those Devas, all those people and Gandhabbas, all those Yakkhas, Nagas, and Supannas, surrounding him in front, in back, and on both sides, will go with him. Surrounded by that crowd of Devas, women, etc., of great splendour and beauty, he [the Bodhisatta] will rise into the sky, [and then] descend near the Terrace of Awakening. At that moment, the Maha-Brahma will take the eight requisites [of an ascetic] created by his psychic powers and offer them to him. Then the Great Being will cut off the topknot of hair [on his head] and throw it up in the sky. He will take the eight requisites from the hands of the [Maha-]Brahma and go forth. For seven days he will make the Great Effort. And all that great crowd [of people] will follow the [example] of the Great Being in going forth.
The Naga tree where the Bodhisatta will be Awakened is described as being 120 cubits high with four (main) branches 120 or 130 cubits long. There will be 2,000 (minor) branches. The tips of the branches will be bent, (constantly) moving, and will be continually in bloom with blossoms as big as wheels. They will have a heavenly smell, full of pollen. The perfume will spread around for ten leagues, both with and against the wind. The leaves will be a deep green in all seasons and the flowers will scatter on the people all around.
He would go forth with his accompaniment
The Anagatavamsa describes the people who go forth with the Buddha, including the names of the most important people among them: He will be accompanied by a large group of people, including friends, ministers, and members of his family.
There will be a fourfold army and an assembly of the four castes to go forth with him. There will be 84,000 princesses and 84,000 Brahmas who are skilled in the Vedas.
Among the 84,000 there will be the brothers Isidatta and Purana; the twins of unlimited wisdom, Jatimitta and Vijaya; the householder Suddhika and the female disciple Suddhana; the male disciple Sankha and the female disciple Sankha, the householder Saddara and the famous man Sudatta; and the husband and wife Visakha and Yasavati. Many other citizens and people from the countryside of various social rank will go forth.
He will attain his awakening at the same Bodh Gaya.
The spot on which the Bodhisattas attain Awakening is one of the four fixed places, so Metteyya will make his final bid for liberation on the same spot as all the past Buddhas - the present-day Bodha-gaya. On the day they attain Self-Awakening, Bodhisattas have a meal of milkrice. They are seated on a spreading of grass. They use mindfulness of breathing as their preparation for developing insight and shatter the forces of Mara. They attain the three knowledges and the special qualities not shared by others, etc., while still seated in the cross-legged position. And they spend seven weeks near the Tree of Awakening after becoming Self-Awakened. The Anagatavamsa commentary says that from the time he becomes Awakened, Ariya Metteyya will be known as the King of the Buddhas (Buddharaja).
Maha Brahma will request him to preach dhamma
Then the Maha-Brahma will request that Buddha Metteyya teach others the path to Nibbana. Buddha Metteyya will preach his first discourse, the Setting in Motion of the Wheel of the Doctrine, in Nagavana ("The Elephant Grove"). The park is said to be in Isipatana near the city of Ketumati. He will be surrounded by an assembly extending one hundred leagues. A great many Devas will approach him at that time, and he will set free one hundred crores from their bondage. This will be the first occasion when a great number of beings attain penetration (Abhisamaya) into the Four Noble Truths.
The era of Buddha Rama
Lord Rama, the Hindu God, has been known to most South East Asian, because of Ramayana or Yamazat Taw – in Burmese. Rama or Ramachandra is a legendary or historical king of ancient India.
In Hinduism, he is considered to be the seventh Avatar of Vishnu.
He is one of the most popular heroes of Hindu mythology and folktales in South and Southeast Asia. The majority of details concerning Rama come from the Ramayana, one of the two great epics of India. Born as the eldest son of Kausalya and Dasaratha, king of Kosala, he is the embodiment of the Supreme Brahman[ needed] and Dharma. Rama is Maryada Purushottama, literally The Perfect Man. Rama is the husband of Sita, who Hindus consider to be an Avatar of Lakshmi and the embodiment of perfect womanhood.
Rama's life and journey is one of perfect adherence to dharma despite harsh tests of life and time. For the sake of his father's honour, Rama abandons his claim to Kosala's throne to serve an exile of fourteen years in the forest. His wife, Sita and brother, Lakshmana being unable to live without Rama decide to join him, and all three spend the fourteen years in exile together. This leads to the kidnapping of Sita by Ravana, the Rakshasa monarch of Lanka. After a long and arduous search that tests his personal strength and virtue, Rama fights a colossal war against Ravana's armies. In a war of powerful and magical beings, greatly destructive weaponry and battles, Rama slays Ravana in battle and liberates his wife. Having completed his exile, Rama returns to be crowned King in Ayodhya (the capital of his Kingdom) and eventually becomes Emperor of the World, after which he reigns for eleven thousand years - an era of perfect happiness, peace, prosperity and justice known as Rama Rajya.
Rama's courage in searching for Sita and fighting a terrible war to rescue his wife and their honour is complemented by Sita's absolute devotion to her husband's love, and perfect chastity despite being Ravana's captive. Rama's younger brothers, namely Lakshmana, Shatrughna and Bharata strongly complement his piety, virtue and strength, and they are believed by many to belong to the Mariyada Purshottama and the Seventh Avatara, mainly embodied by Rama. Rama's piety and virtue attract powerful and devoted allies such as Hanuman and the Vanaras of Kishkindha, with whose help he rescues Sita. The legend of Rama is deeply influential and popular in the societies of the Indian subcontinent and across South East Asia.
Rama is revered for his unending compassion, courage and devotion to religious values and duty.
The essential tale of Rama has also spread across South East Asia, and evolved into unique renditions of the epic - incorporating local history, folktales, religious values as well as unique features from the languages and literary discourse. The national epic of Myanmar, Yama Zatdaw is essentially the Burmese Ramayana, where Rama is named Yama. In the Reamker of Cambodia, Rama is known as Preah Ream. In the Pra Lak Pra Lam of Laos, Buddha is regarded as an incarnation of Rama.
Yama Zatdaw, unofficially Myanmar's national epic, is the Burmese version of the Ramayana. There are nine known pieces of the Yama Zatdaw in Myanmar. The Burmese name for the story itself is Yamayana, while zatdaw refers to the acted play.
The Yama Zatdaw was introduced by oral tradition during King Anawratha's reign. It was influenced greatly by Ayutthaya Kingdom, during which various Konbaung Dynasty kings invaded the kingdom. The invasions often brought back spoils of war, including elements of Ramakien (Thai version of Ramayana) into the epic.
Avatara – seventh incarnation of Vishnu
The Ramayana speaks of how the Goddess Earth, Bhumidevi, came to the Lord Creator, Brahma begging to be rescued from evil kings who were plundering her resources and destroying life through bloody wars and evil conduct. The Devas also came to Brahma fearful of the rule of Ravana, the ten-headed rakshasa emperor of Lanka. Ravana had overpowered the Devas and now ruled the heavens, the earth and the netherworlds. Although a powerful and noble monarch, he was also arrogant, destructive and a patron of evil doers. He had boons that gave him immense strength and was invulnerable to all living and celestial beings, except man and animals.
Brahma, Bhumidevi and the Devas worshipped Vishnu, the Preserver, for deliverance from Ravana's tyrannical rule. Vishnu promised to kill Ravana by incarnating as a man - the eldest son of Kosala's king Dasaratha. His eternal consort, Lakshmi took birth as Sita and was found by king Janaka of Mithila while he was ploughing a field. Vishnu's eternal companion, the Ananta Sesha is said to have incarnated as Lakshmana to stay at his Lord's side on earth. Throughout his life, no one, except himself and a few select sages (among which are included Vasishta, Sharabhanga, Agastya and Vishwamitra) know of his destiny. Rama is continually revered by the many sages he encounters through his life, but only the most learned and exalted know of his true identity. At the end of the war between Rama and Ravana, just as Sita passes her Agni pariskha, Lord Brahma, Indra and the Devas, the celestial sages and Lord Shiva appear out of the sky. They affirm Sita's purity and ask him to end this terrible test. Thanking the Avatara for delivering the universe from the grips of evil, they reveal Rama's divine identity upon the culmination of his mission.
Gotama Buddha made this prediction of the future Buddha
This is the story of Lord Rama, again, the Hindu God, the seventh Avatar of Lord Vishnu who will be the future Buddha after Metteyya Buddha, so said Gotama Buddha in his prediction of the future of Buddhism.