identification wrote:I have a friend that lives at Wat Phra Dhammakaya. She chants, helps with the work at the temple, practices meditation, and hasn't mentioned to me any talk of "deflecting nukes".
The various bomb-deflecting stories are very well-known in Thailand and some of them are included in official Dhammakaya Foundation publications, though mainly in ones aimed at a Thai audience. One of the few in English is The Life and Times of Luang Phaw Wat Paknam
(Dhammakaya Foundation 1998). A copy used to be available online and the relevant chapter can still be read via archive.org
Wat Paknam was located only a ‘stone’s throw’ away from the lock between the mouth of the Bhasicharoen Canal and the Canal of Greater Bangkok. This was a place of strategic significance and a target for Allied bombing. Luang Phaw had unshakable faith that the omnipotence of the Dhammakaya would protect Wat Paknam and its congregation from the bombs. Luang Phaw’s confidence was not unfounded and in reality, neither Wat Paknam nor the adjacent locks were ever to sustain bomb damage. Temple attendance increased because Wat Paknam gained a reputation for safety in time of air raids. The public believed that Luang Phaw had some sort of magic power and before long, whenever air-raid sirens were sounded, the people of Bhasicharoen would hasten to the temple precincts rather than shelter in air-raid bunkers.
Luang Phaw heard the distant explosions of bombs falling on Bangkok and remained unmoved. “Go and intercept those bombs in case they harm somebody. Have them fall in the ocean instead or in uninhabited areas,” he ordered Kuhn Yay.
Indeed, in 1941, many of the Bangkok newspapers gave front-page coverage to the manifestation of miracles at Wat Paknam. One particular incident which riveted the press was an air-raid on Bangkok – the target of which was the destruction of the Phraputha·yodfa·chulalok Bridge. Wat Paknam was within striking distance of this target. At that time the inhabitants of the neighbourhood gazed up at the skies and were surprised to see large numbers of nuns from Wat Paknam floating in the air, intercepting the bombs dropped by the bombers and patting them with their bare hands to fall harmlessly in the water or uninhabited areas of forest. So many people saw the heroic efforts of the nuns with their naked eyes that the renown of the miracles of Luang Phaw Wat Paknam spread far and wide. Everybody saw the efforts by Luang Phaw to reduce bloodshed and encourage harmony amongst his fellow men.
Apart from bombs aimed correctly missing their target because of interception, another reason why bombs fell harmlessly in unpopulated areas was because bomb aimers could not find targets located in the city. Interviewed later in a documentary, one bomb-aimer reported his surprise at continuously being confused – when close to the target, Bangkok from the air would miraculously appear to him looking like a forest or farmland and the mirage would persist until the bombers gave up their mission and turned homeward.
In 1945, Luang Phaw meditated using the Wisdom of the Dhammakaya and envisioned a horrendously devastating new weapon. It had been built by the Allies to bring the war in Asia to an end. They were planning to test this new weapon, a bomb, by dropping it on Bangkok! Bangkok was the most obvious target, because so many soldiers from the Axis occupied the city.
“What would happen to us if we were victim to this weapon?” Luang Phaw asked the meditators. Kuhn Yay Jan verified that the whole city would be obliterated – razed to the ground. She said that the land would be flattened like the skin of a drum – the whole population anihilated.
On hearing this Luang Phaw ordered Uncle Prayoon to take all of the temple assets and leave – going as far away as he could in seven days. Luang Phaw said, if his efforts met with success, after seven days Prayoon would know and would be able to return to the temple in safety. Luang Phaw spoke of the matter with no one else. He locked the doors of the meditation workshop from the inside – allowing no one to enter or leave. Food and drink would be sent in via the letter box. The workshop group sat for meditation in earnest, in order to try and save the country. For a reason known only to Luang Phaw and his meditators, the bomber and the bomb never arrived in Bangkok. The Allies had for some reason changed their minds. It had taken them seven days of perpetual meditation behind locked doors to influence that decision for the sake of their fellow men...https://web.archive.org/web/20011021004616/http://repository0.tripod.com/lpwpn_09.html
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Nice story. Sounds like Phramongkulthepmuni and Khun Yai Jan were able to stop a disaster without hurting anyone. And of course, this is all completely in line with the teachings of the Buddha.
"With his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to the modes of supranormal powers. He wields manifold supranormal powers. Having been one he becomes many; having been many he becomes one. He appears. He vanishes. He goes unimpeded through walls, ramparts, and mountains as if through space. He dives in and out of the earth as if it were water. He walks on water without sinking as if it were dry land. Sitting cross-legged he flies through the air like a winged bird. With his hand he touches and strokes even the sun and moon, so mighty and powerful. He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds. Just as a skilled potter or his assistant could craft from well-prepared clay whatever kind of pottery vessel he likes, or as a skilled ivory-carver or his assistant could craft from well-prepared ivory any kind of ivory-work he likes, or as a skilled goldsmith or his assistant could craft from well-prepared gold any kind of gold article he likes; in the same way — with his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability — the monk directs and inclines it to the modes of supranormal powers... He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds.
"This, too, great king, is a fruit of the contemplative life, visible here and now, more excellent than the previous ones and more sublime." - From the Samaññaphala Sutta.
There's also stories in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition of Dipa Mas psychic powers. As well as the Thai forest tradition. Ajahn Lee, in his free book keeping the breath in mind, teaches that various supernormal powers develop from the four bases of the breath, the tip of the nose, the middle of the forehead, the top of the head, and the middle of the brain, and he teaches to work with the breath energy in these spots. Ajahn Fuang, Bhikkhu Thanissaros teacher, had said that Ajahn Lee had all the psychic powers besides the ability to levitate, but he could make other people levitate. Bhikkhu Thanissaro tells a story in his forest master series where Ajahn Lee was making the monks float up into the air and Ajahn Fuang had used the earth element to stick himself into the ground so Ajahn Lee couldn't make him float. Magic is a part of Buddhism, the Buddha taught it, so it's unfair for anyone to criticize the Dhammakaya for it when other traditions teach it and the Buddha taught it. It's like criticizing christians for teaching that heaven is real.