Links and References  (see also Discussion Questions below)

(Note: The links on this page will not be updated, so some of them may be broken.)
 

WHAT IS KALKI AVATAR? Kalki's mission, goal, and the doctrine surrounding the belief in this 10th incarnation of Vishnu are discussed at this website. It also addresses many questions about Kalki and Maitreya. 

Hindu Prophecies describes and explains various "Hindu Prophecies" that point to Baha'ullah of the Bahai faith as the Kalki Yuga. This also describes when Kalki is to come and the Hindu belief that he is here with us already. 

Kalki offers a quick description of Kalki and how he will appear. This site also connects to facts and information about other avatars deities and both Hinduism and Buddhism in general. 

The Catholic Encyclopedia provides the catholic definition of the term avatar, and descriptions of the 10 most known avatars. 

The Story of Kalki Avatar gives a brief description of the Kalki avatar and the story of how he will appear.

The Messiah compares the many figures of the "messiah "that appear in the beliefs on many religions by using texts from various holy scriptures.

KalkiMaitreya talks about the journey on the ancient path to the Divine mysteries, and explains the role of the Kalki Avatar principle and the Maitreya Buddha principle fusing as one.

Sathya Sai Baba The belief and doctrine of Sathya Sai Baba who claims to be the Kalki avatar of the present age are presented on this website. 

The Kalki Page discusses the mission of one who claims to be the Kalki and his consort Sri Padmavathi Devi. 

The Foundation for World Awakening movement homepage based on a 'kalki avatar' in south india. 

Kalki Bagwan Information about a Kalki Cult movement headed by Mr. Vijayakumar, a man whom claims to be the Kalki Bagwan. This movement originated in India and has spread to Japan, Argentina, and the US and many other countries.

Maitreya and Jesus Share International, a organization based on the teachings of Maitreya and Kalki, provide an excellent example of one group¹s Utopic image of Maitreya. Share International believes "Under Maitreya¹s inspiration, humanity itself will make the required changes and create a saner and more just world for all." Included in this website are answers to the following questions: Who is Maitreya?, What are Maitreya's teachings, priorities, and forecasts?, What is the Emergence of Maitreya?, What are Maitreya's messages?, and Are there recorded worldwide appearances of Maitreya?

The White and Black Brotherhoods proclaims Maitreya, as well as several others as "so-called enlightened counterfeit beings." Maitreya is specifically pointed out as the evil manifestation of Ikluk.

Messengers of Light is a comprehensive website with information on both Maitreya and Kalki Avatar as well as other "Messengers of Light." There are several links to other relevant sites, and an abundance of text and images. 

Maitreya, the Love Buddha a summary of who Maitreya is on the About.com website. Maitreya is described here as the "loving one." 

Brahma's Diadem: A praise to Maitreya by Lama Tsong Khapa, written in 1395 and translated by Robert Thurman. Available on the Maitreya Project website. 

A Brief History of Maitreya by Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe. A commentary on the Kriyantantra of Maitreya given at the Maitreya Institute, Holland in September, 1981. (no longer online)

Story of Maitreya by Rilbur Rinpoche, translated by Sonam Choephel and friends, June 1996. Available on the Maitreya Project website. 
 

Buddhism Sites

The Messengers of Light description of Buddhism.

Gautama Buddha a brief, but general overview of Buddhism

Buddhismat About.com A very comprehensive website with links to several other relevant pages about Buddhism.

Mahayana Tradition
 

Hinduism sites 

The Messengers of Light description of Hinduism.

Hinduism at About.com. A very comprehensive website with links to several other relevant sources about Hinduism.
 

Books

Roerich, Nicholas. Heart of Asia. 1927.

Sponberg Alan, and Hardacre Helen. Maitreya, the Future Buddha. Cambridge University, 1988. 

Thurman, Robert. Essential Tibetan Buddhism. Edison, NJ: Castle Books, 1995.
 

The following books are recommended by The Messenger of Light:

Buddha of the Future: An Early Maitreya. Thailand Nandana Chutiwongs, et al, 1994.

Cobra and Maitreya:Two Novels. Severo Sarduy, et al, 1995.

The Dhammapada: The Path of Truth. Rose Kramer (Translator), et al, 1995.

Anagatavamsa Desana: The Sermon of the Chronicle-To-Be (Buddhist Tradition, Vol 21). Udaya Meddegama (Translator), John Clifford Holt (Editor), 1993. 

Obermiller, E. The Doctrine of Prajna-Paramita: Abhisamayalamkara of Maitreya. 1984.

Levine, Suzanne Jill. Maitreya Severo Sarduy. 1987; 1995.

Uttaratantra, or Ratnagotravibhaga: Sublime Science of the Great Vehicle to Salvation Aryasanga Maitreya, E. Obermiller (Translator), 1984.

The Dhammapada: The Path of Truth Balangoda Ananda Maitreya. Madhyåanta-vibhåaga, 1988. 

The Uttaratantra of Maitreya. E. H. Johnston, E. Obermiller (translator). 
 

Discussion Questions

Should there be separation of the figures Kalki Avatar and Maitreya, or can they be looked at as one and the same?

Compare apocalyptic beliefs of eastern religions with those we've discussed in class.

What leads people to believe the groups that have claimed themselves followers of those who claim to be Kalki and Maitreya?

Discuss the pervasiveness of these movements. How do these groups spread? How are the lives of the followers of Kalki movements and Maitreya movements affected?