TRobinson465 wrote:First off, you can accuse anyone of doing something for money, including monks who make similar statements from the super always right forest tradition. im guessing slim didnt bother watching my video.
As identification mentioned, there is supernormal abilities all through buddhism, he discussed it at a forest monastary, when i was a monk in thailand we also discussed such things, including things monks who were not the abbot of dhammakaya could do that make seeing past lives look like a card trick. that is something that is all throughout buddhism, in fact, when i was a monk in thailand we visited a Dhammayut temple of the forest tradition. what was the first thing the abbot of that temple told us? About his master's visions foreseeing the future.
I will rephrase my question to only include things not unique to the Buddha then. You seriously think seeing past lives is crazy in a religion where people who arent the Buddha fight Nagas, use telekinesis, manipulate fire and water (the buddha could do this simultaneously while its stated others who meditate deeply could do one at a time, so this still counts), talk to supernatural beings, fly, make copies of themselves, and visit other universes?
I think that the point that most of what goes on at Dhammakaya is not so different from other Thai monastic organisations seems to be lost in translation somewhere.
All Wat's encourage donations, many running fairs and so on to raise money. Dhammakaya's scale is larger, but not different in principle. There are all kinds of social ways that pressure is applied to generate donations in all organisations. Unfortunate, but true.
Clearly seemingly-supernatural phenomena, recollection of past lives and so on, have always been a part of Buddhism. Nothing unique there. .
Dhammakaya have some non-standard-Theravada meditation techniques and non-standard-Theravada ideas about not-self and citta. That is hardly unique:
A list of Theravada teachers that teach a true self?http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=23338
Dhammakaya have a TV station. Many Wats have at least radio.
Dhammakaya have established many monasteries overseas. That's quite common. My local Wat is linked to a Bangkok Wat (which has a couple of other overseas branches) and has sub-branches in two other smaller cities. Dhammakaya, of course, has a much large scale, is much more organised, and is aggressive about "capturing" cities that have no other Thai monasteries. They also provide sponsorship to Universities, which generates faculty, students, and research aligned to Dhammakaya. http://www.otago.ac.nz/religion/staff/chaisit.php
Of course, nothing would excuse illegal activities, and if Dhammakaya has been acting illegally, then of course, they should be prosecuted, but, as has been pointed out already, a lot of criticisms made on on this thread are not about things that are specific to Dhammakaya.