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Wat Phra Dhammakaya

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I'm sorry to rant, but I'm at my wit's end with what Dhammakaya is doing to Buddhism in Thailand. I beg you that if you are now, or considering partaking in this cult, to stop and give yourself a good slap in the face. Dhammakaya is essentially Scientology, but it's actually managed to disguise itself as part and parcel of a legitimate religious tradition. Apparently, even the leading candidate to become the next Sangharaja is in their back pocket.

I've taken steps today to piss a lot of people off in a formal letter I've written on this subject , and might find myself alienated from some of my peers, but I just can' t stand the Buddhadhamma becoming a sales pitch. Arch-capitalist furor has already razed most of what is pure in this world, and while orthodox Buddhism in Thailand is no exception to this, I just can't see the blatant disrespect of the Dhammakaya CEOs and nutcases totally destroy the Dhamma in this land. :o

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There's a sect of Buddhism called Dhammakaya. Not sure if the spelling is right. Can anyone tell me more about it?

I believe it is for wealthy Thai followers.

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There's a sect of Buddhism called Dammagaya. Not sure if the spelling is right. Can anyone tell me more about it?

I believe it is for wealthy Thai followers.

There is a sect of Buddhism just for wealthy Thais? Why would you want to join that?

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There's a sect of Buddhism called Dammagaya. Not sure if the spelling is right. Can anyone tell me more about it?

I believe it is for wealthy Thai followers.

There is a sect of Buddhism just for wealthy Thais? Why would you want to join that?

I don't, but seems many do.

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In my experience Neer, the Dammakaya are a well dodgy bunch (to be said with a real Scottish accent!) They have odd beliefs and use a strange form of meditation using a visualised cristal ballwhich is taken inside the body. Lots of land deals and other scams associated with them too. And lots of dosh.

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They have their own tv channel too which I get on cable - always the same monk - quite funny but not really monklike if you know what I mean.

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Yes they play that TV channel at all their centres in a sort of indoctrinating fashion and when they meditate en mass at the big temple near Bangkok Airport they sit in a Hitleresque way in a triangle all perfect and ordered. I used to run a Buddhist discussion group in Bkk abd nothing good was ever said about them. Several top Thai ministers are members.

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not exactly but the formation reminds one of Hitlers rallies

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Seonai,

I really don't understand...can you explain?

Chownah

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Dhammakaya, isnt it a whitening cream used in Thai soap operas?

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Hi Chow, It wasn't actally my terminology, I stole it from one of the members of my Buddhist Group. They likened the way Hitler supporters all raised their hand in 'Hail Hitler' to the way the Dhammakaya followers follow the religion. I agreed with him. Does that sort it out?

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Hi Chow, It wasn't actally my terminology, I stole it from one of the members of my Buddhist Group. They likened the way Hitler supporters all raised their hand in 'Hail Hitler' to the way the Dhammakaya followers follow the religion. I agreed with him. Does that sort it out?

Good enough I guess, Thanks, Chownah

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In Tibetan Buddhism the Dharmakaya is the beginingless body of primordial truth. I've heard a lot of Westerners querie if this is analogous with the concept of God.

I'd never heard about the sect until I read this thread to be honest.

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In Tibetan Buddhism the Dharmakaya is the beginingless body of primordial truth. I've heard a lot of Westerners querie if this is analogous with the concept of God.

I'd never heard about the sect until I read this thread to be honest.

It has a very similar connotation in Thai Buddhism. The Dhammakaya school believes that the Dhammakaya - acquired through their style of meditation (on a crystal ball) - is the primordial truth (from what I can tell reading their religious literature at least).

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Some of the nonsense that Dhammakaya used to teach their disciples in the past is unbeliveable.

Disciples were (Perhaps still are) taught Luang Pu Wat Paknam was a truly miracle monk who had supernatural powers. Many of these miracles made newspaper headlines for weeks on end. It was taught that during WWII the allied powers had plans to test out their atomic bomb on Bangkok! It was only through intensive meditation by Dhammkaya monks that Japan was bombed instead!

Not only that, there were headline reports of Dhammakaya nuns floating in the sky the same time as bombed rained down. Quite miraculously none of those bombed fell on Dhammakaya. The source of such reports? Dhammakaya and their followers.

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Has anyone at TV been to this mega wat located somewhat north of the Don Meung Airport? It appears the sheer size of the entire compound is enormous: about 4 square kilometers. I understand its been somewhat controversial from its lavish hi-tech architectural design.

There had also been some issues over money involving fraud, embezzlement and corruption. However, it seems to continue attracting a large number of people, mostly younger (middle-class and up) urban residents who are financially comfortable, so I’m guessing the money problem has been somewhat resolved. It claims to have over a million members worldwide.

Although the design of the Memorial Hall building is said to incorporate Buddhist symbolism, the flak was that it’s too lavish, gawdy, and unlike the traditional design of wats in Thailand. I’m guessing those opposed to the design are probably those who are older and more conservative with preference to the age old design traditions. Frankly, it seems to resemble a large UFO. However the argument in support is that the style was to bring it more in line with modern architectural design. Interestingly, the golden part of the roof contains around 300,000 golden Buddha images with another 700,000 yet to be installed.

The wat also seems to have a small international outreach program building schools, providing humanity assistance to the poor, and teaching meditation techniques. It also provides financial aid and supplies to schools and temples in Southern Thailand.

Regardless of some of the questionable aspects, the entire compound appears to be an extremely impressive work of modern architecture that‘s completely unlike the styling of any Thai wats. I've been out that direction many times, but have never seen it or even knew about it. I’d be interested in hearing your impressions.

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http://www.twip.org/image-southeast-asia-t...13577-7472.html

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http://www.dhammakaya.or.th/

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Phra_Dhammakaya

http://www.time.com/time/asia/asia/magazin...628/monks1.html

http://www.seapabkk.org/fellowships/2002/yasmin.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/428838.stm

http://web.abo.fi/comprel/temenos/temeno32/horn.htm

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