As for Mano Laohavanich/Mettanando Bhikkhu who many of the evangelicals have cited here, i will tell you this. Most of what he says is made up. he also made up that he was one of the "top leaders" of Dhammakaya. he was not. i know a monk that is even more senior than Mano would be if he stayed a monk and even he is not considered one of the "top leaders".
This is the real story behind this fraud. Mano Laohavanich/Mettanando Bhikkhu was a Dhammakaya monk for about 12 years. (he claims 20 years experience with dhammakaya, i think hes including as a layman) Over half of that time he spent abroad studying for his many degrees on a Dhammakaya scholarship. Once he came back to dhammakaya he left after just a few years because he got into several conflicts due to Mano being a huge narcissist. Also, despite being a monk he hated meditating and Dhammakaya is all about meditation. not a good fit. Unlike most of the things Mano claims about Dhammkaya if you ask any long time member of Dhammakaya about him they can all independently verify this. The truth is easier to remember than lies, that is why Mano cant keep the story straight about why he left Dhammakaya. I alone have heard him give 3 conflicting reasons as to why he left: fundraising, the abbot telling him he was a god, and that he saw the abbot invested in weapons. 2 of which are total BS and the first is understandable but not the real reason he left.
This wont be enuff evidence for you evangelicals so heres more. After he left Dhammakaya he went to Wat Ratcha Orasaram, was eventually kicked out, and then went to Wat Nak Prokand and was eventually kicked out again for being a huge narcissist. Dont beleive me? Those in thailand can go to those 2 temples yourselves and ask why Mano/Mettanando Bhikkhu left, it is not just us Dhammakaya slaves who can verify this fact that Mano Laohavanich is a massive narcissist.
No other temple would take him so he asked to come back to Dhammakaya, the abbot refused unless he apologized to everyone for his behavior. Mano, being a narcissist, refused and disrobed because no other temple would take him.
After that, he was butthurt against the abbot for not taking him back so he built his post monk career on the lie that he was a Dhammakaya "expert" and made up a bunch of bizzare accusations that many of the evangelicals here have been citing the past 7 years. Using his numerous degrees that he got on Dhammakaya's dime to give himself some credibility. Some ppl beleive that Elvis Presley is still alive so of course some ppl believed Mano, no matter how stupidly ridiculous his claims were. He made his claims up so he knew he couldnt prove it so he puts himself as a reference to make his claims appear more legit. (he actually does put himself as a reference btw, because he had so few and wanted to fool ppl into thinking his work was properly sourced.)http://www.dhammakayauncovered.com/opinion-1/2016/5/18/the-esoteric-teachings-of-mano-lemon-laohavanich-a-laypersons-comments
Mano makes up most of his information, even the ones that arent defamatory, and most of whats true is just common knowledge among members anyways that outsiders wouldnt know because they havent been to Dhammakaya. Heres a little riddle. Mano told numerous news outlets that Dhammakaya has two stupas. However, one of the stupas (as well as half the temple) wasnt built until many years AFTER Mano Laohavanich/Mettanando Bhikkhu left the temple. So, to the evangelicals who have been citing him for 7 years on this thread. How did this so called "expert" know we had two stupas?
I would wait for the evangelicals here to "make up" reasons (as usual) as to how he could have known but i dont plan on coming back here unless theres legit new information to share.
Here's the answer. Mano Laohavanich DIDNT know we had two stupas.
This is because we DONT have two stupas. We have one. ANYBODY who has actually gone to dhammakaya would know this, it actually is "a widely known fact" among our members that we have one stupa. Mano built his career on the lie that he was a Dhammakaya expert. When asked to identify one of the buildings, (in reality a memorial hall) he didnt know what it was because it was built after he left over 20 years ago. He didnt want to look like an idiot so he did what he always does and made something up and told the news the building was a second stupa. This is a fairly benign statement (although inaccurate) but just to show how uncredible this guy is. Couldnt even get a basic fact right that anybody who has been going to dhammakaya for even a few weeks would know.
BTW. anyone want to know who one of the chief proponents of the case against our abbot is in the credit union case? It is somebody with NO affiliation with the victim credit union whatsoever. His name is Mano Laohavanich/Mettanando Bhikkhu.
Here is an English transcription (with Thai video source for those who understand thai) of an interview with one of the ACTUAL board members of the victim credit union in the case against Dhammakaya speaking out about Mano Laohavanich highjacking the case and turning it into his own vanity show. As shown in my previous (actual) evidence, the victim credit union in the case against us dropped the charges and has made repeat public statements that they do not support the current case against our abbot and that most of the main proponents of the case (such as Mano) dont have any affiliation with the credit union we "laundered money" from WHATSOEVER!!! http://www.dhammakayauncovered.com/news/2016/6/9/12-may-2016-kcuc-speaks-out-after-dsi-is-urged-by-third-parties-to-expedite-case