Hiding the abbot, right or wrong?DMN wrote: (1) It is clear to me that Dhammakaya members are hiding the abbot and I question whether they are doing right or wrong?
(2) I also question if this siege and the hiding of the abbot could be the downfall of the temple?
To address your first niggling concern, here are three facts already established:
1. A forced disrobe scheme
2. Extrajudicial use of article 44
3. Baseless and unproved accusation of money-laundering against the abbot
If an influential, well-respected monk in the forest lineage has been targeted by the Thai Junta. He may be unjustly forced to disrobe. And I believe his disciples will do the same to protect him.
Hiding of abbot = downfall of the temple?
I don't know the answer to this question. But I know that the junta's hard-handed approach to WPD and the media's one-sided, personal attacks on WPD has invited unsubstantiated attacks on WPD. And this has caused other people, even other Buddhists, to denigrate WPD using harsh words like "brainwashing", "cult", etc.
You don't have to be sorry DMN.DMN wrote: Sorry Dhammakaya members but I want to know and I want to see whether I need to abandon Dhammakaya or not. This is very important to me.
Keeping a distance from the Dhammakaya temple or its lineage shouldn't be a problem.
What truly matters, however, is that we practice Buddhism and follow our Buddha's lineage by:
(1) Avoiding all evil
(2) Doing good, and
(3) Purifying our minds.
Being Buddhists, we should help each other as kalyannamittas, regardless of Buddhist traditions,by encouraging one another to further our practice in Buddhism.
May you and other readers be happy.