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Wat Dhammakaya

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Re: Wat Dhammakaya

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Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby retrofuturist » Mon May 10, 2010 5:44 am

Greetings bhante,

At the top of each post, the post heading actually has the URL sitting behind it.

To link to earlier posts, people can right-click, copy this URL, and put it in their posts. It's a bit more reliable than post numbering which would become disjointed if posts are deleted (either by the user or a moderator).

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Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby tiltbillings » Mon May 10, 2010 5:51 am

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=339&p=64826#p64826

I did not know that, but you need to left click on "Re: Wat Dhammakaya" then right click on url which shows up in the url space on the top of the page in the url box then right click and copy and paste it into the msg body.

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Postby GrahamR » Sun May 16, 2010 8:03 am

With metta :bow:
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Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby Zom » Sat May 22, 2010 9:56 am

Ajahn Jayasaro said that Dhammakaya is a very dangerous sect :stirthepot:

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Postby GrahamR » Sat May 22, 2010 2:09 pm

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Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby Halemalu » Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:57 am

FYI: I have been to the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok. My fiancee is a member. I have attended their meditation retreats. I have attended many of their ceremonies. I have toured the facilities extensively. I have had monks in my home here in Hawaii. I even have met with both the Vice Abbot and the Abbot. We are also currently looking to establish our retreat center here in Hawaii as a branch of the Middle Way Retreats under the Dhammakaya Foundation.

There is much discussion if the organization can be considered truely Buddhists. Let me assure you that it is. The inner direction is purely Buddhist. The problem is that because of it's size it has to handle things a bit differently than most Buddhists Temples.

With up to 100,000 attending a normal Sunday meditation service and more than 300,000 attending special holidays, things need to be done a bit differently. Modern technology needs to be used like big screen TVs and massive sound systems just to cover the audiances. The structures are simply designed but are massive as to accommodate so many people. There seems to be huge amounts of money donated, but that is to be expected with so many people attending.

The Temple started off modestly many years ago but the message and technique they offer to the public is so accessable and beneficial the crowds just grew larger and larger. With larger crowds and greater donations they were obligated to build structures that could accomodate all those people and develope alternate ways to give the people what they desired.

Because of all of this, it does look like on the surface to be just a money obsessed cult. But believe me it is not. It has become so popular because they emphasize the importance of meditation to gain merit and have encouraged laypeople to learn and share in the benefits of meditation. Unlike other Theravaden groups that mostly promote a monastic life, scripture and alms giving, the Dhammakaya Temple has put a greater importance on meditation for not only the Monks but also the laypeople. The laypeople have embraced this concept and that is why we see such hugh numbers attending the Dhammakaya Temple.

In modern times with so many followers different techniques are required to accommodate and satisfy the spiritual hunger of all those individuals. It is these "new" techniques that are frowned upon and misunderstood by so many traditionalists. Believe me though, the message is still the same. The Dhammakaya foundation has just wraped it in a new package!

If you have any specific questions just let me know and I will be glad to answer them the best I can.

Rejoice in our merits!

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Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby exonesion » Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:26 am

“Meditate, Ānanda, do not delay, or else you will regret it later.”
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Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby appicchato » Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:30 am

Being an uncountable noun, it's 'merit', not 'merits'...minor, I know, although it seems (to me) to alter the meaning... :focus:

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Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby farmer » Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:54 pm

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2 ... d?page=0,1

This photo essay on Wat Dhammakaya is stunning.

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Re: Wat Dhammakaya

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Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:51 am

This sort of overly regimented, mass display has been a favorite of Nazi Germany and various Communist regimes. There is simply something very wrong with this.

But at least we know know where this flying saucer is now:

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Here:

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Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby alan » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:52 am

Ok, Halemalu, I have a specific question. Will you please describe the meditation technique advocated by this group, and why you believe it is beneficial.

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Re: Wat Dhammakaya

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Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby Euclid » Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:04 am

Right then, thanks for clarifying. I agree.


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