Wat Phra Dhammakaya
Wat Phra Dhammakaya = 2,100 rai (336 hectares) = BT350 Billion
The Grand Meditation Stadium = BT189 Billion
The world’s largest temple can fit one million people.
The Dhammakaya Cetiya = BT75 Billion
The outer shell of the dome-shaped cetiya (stupa) is decorated with 300,000 Buddha statues on its hemispherical dome and spherical terrace. Titanium and gold coating on the surface of the silicon bronze Buddha images to protect them from the climate of Thailand (humid and tropical) and ensure that they last 1,000 years. Another 700,000 Buddha statues decorate the interior.
The Chapel = BT370 Million
The chapel has a simple interior with a high ceiling. This meditating temple has one large statue of the Buddha to focus attention on meditating. The Buddha statue depicted here is not the traditional Thai styled Buddha statue. The topknot is in the shape of a Lotus bud. It also display the 32 Marks of a physically perfect man described in the Buddhist scripture.
The Memorial Hall of Phra Mongkol Thep Muni = BT5.8 Billion
Located opposite to the main entrance of Dhammakaya Temple, the dome-shaped shrine was built on a circular form of construction, resembling the sphere that spreads the dhamma teachings of Buddha. The Great Memorial Hall of Phra mongkol thep muni was built in 2002. Phra Mongkol Thep Muni, in honor of the highly revered monk whose rediscovery of the Dhammakaya tradition of meditation in 1914 had greatly revived the public interest in meditation and Buddhism. Also known as Luang Pu Wat Paknam (the abbot of the Paknam Temple), had dedicated himself to the study, practice and teaching of meditation. His famous concept that stillness of the mind is the key to material and spiritual success has helped many to discover the purpose of life and to experience inner peace and self-sustaining happiness.
Gold Sculpture of Phra Mongkol Thep Muni = BT175 Million
The golden statue is a tribute to Phra Mongkol Thep Muni, rediscovery and dissemination of the knowledge that Dhammakaya or the body of enlightenment is naturally present in every human being. Thus, it is a source of ultimate happiness any human being can experience regardless of one’s personal circumstances, race and religious belief.
The Sapha Dhammakaya = BT17.4 Billion
The Sapha Dhammakaya is an assembly hall located just opposite to the Dhammakaya Cetiya. It was designed to be a multi-functional, two-storied building suitable for meditation, Dhamma lectures, religious activities, youth development training, and meeting venue for monks. The upper level was designed to accommodate 150,000 with the lower level used for parking. Once the number of attendants exceeds 150,000, the lower level can be converted to a gathering place for another 150,000 people. Parking is then moved to the surrounding open space.
Built in 1997 to find a roofed space for people attending temple activities, Sapha Dhammakaya covers an area of over 40 acres and is believed to be the largest assembly hall in the world.
The Master Nun Chandra Khonnokyoong Memorial Hall = BT550 Million
Luang Por Dhammajayo built (April 2003) a hexagonal pyramid, 29 metres tall as a memorial place for the Master Nun. The founder of Dhammakaya Temple. The chapel is divided into two floors. The first floor serves as a museum displaying the Master Nun’s charitable works, religious contributions, and personal items related to the history of her life as a meditation master, religious teacher, and the founder of the Dhammakaya Temple.
The second floor is reserved for meditation. Housed here are her relics and a pure gold statue cast in her image situated at the center of the room. The pure golden statue of the Master Nun, Khun Yay Archaraya Chandra Khonnokyoong, is one and a half times the actual size of the Master Nun and weighs about two tons.
The Master Nun Chandra Centennial Building = BT3 Billion
The 15-storey, circle-shaped building with a blue peacock symbol represents the Master Nun Chandra of the temple’s former abbot Phra Dhammachayo. Part of the construction budget – Bt714 million – is allegedly linked the Klongchan Credit Union embezzlement.
- A school for Pali and Buddhist studies (45 classrooms, including 3 language laboratories);
- Two meditation rooms for 800 people;
- An international Buddhist research library with access to electronic versions of Buddhist scriptures.
- A 2,000-seat auditorium for local and international symposiums;
- A museum displaying rare Buddhist scriptures and artifacts from many countries.
- The Dhammachai Institute for academic research, exchanges and staff training.
- A multimedia production center and a multimedia exhibition hall.
The money machine: The Temple Wall = BT340 Million, The DMC Channel Station Buliding = BT850 Million, THE Pariyatti Dhamma School = BT2.2 Billion, Indoor-Outdoor Parking = BT11 Billion, Medical Center = BT1.4 Billion – Kitchen = BT650 Million.
Who is Phra Dhammajayo!
He is claiming to be the Messiah, The Center of Nirvana, The Reincarnated Creator Buddha who will lead the soldiers of light to defeat the evil dark forces in the world. No one can question him and the few that did, were thrown out of the Temple immediately.
Most of his followers are college graduates, well educated, follow Buddha’s 8 precepts, well organized and disciplined. They are well trained on how to get donations for the Temple and they are rewarded by spiritual amulets accordingly.
They are so dedicated to him that they leave their families to be soldiers of the light under the command of the Messiah “Phra Dhammajayo” who will defeat the evil in our world!
After Luang Por Dhammajayo, graduation from Kasetsart University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, he was ordained at Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen on 27 August 1969.
He is the honorary abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Thailand and president of the Dhammakaya Foundation. He is the most well-known teacher of Dhammakaya meditation. He is the student of Maechi (nun) Chandra Khonnokyoong.
Who is “The Master” second to none Maechi (nun) Chandra Khonnokyoong!
Illiterate, no formal education, cursed by her drunk abusive father (you will be deaf for 500 lifetimes) and that curse made her “The Master” of Meditation!
Thai people in those days believed that the words of someone’s parents were sacred, and would normally be fulfilled. When Chandra’s father died unexpectedly in 1921, she still wanted to reconcile with him to lift the curse.
A few years later, in 1927, Chandra heard that a meditation master in Thonburi was able to use meditation to communicate with beings in the afterlife.
This was Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro who claimed to rediscover Vijja Dhammakaya, a meditation method believed to have been used by the Buddha himself. He was the founder of the Thai Dhammakaya meditation school in 1916.
Chandra was taught how to meditate and quickly made progress in Dhammakaya meditation and was able to contact her father in the afterlife.
After Luang Pu Sodh died in 1959, Mae Ji Chandra transmitted the Dhammakaya tradition to a new generation at Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen. The house in which Mae Ji Chandra lived quickly became too small to accommodate all her students, and funds were raised to build a new house.
Mae Ji Chandra encouraged meditation practitioners who were still students to ordain after graduation. One of the first of these was Luang Por Dhammajayo, who ordained in 1969. The number of students increased quickly, and in 1975 exceeded the capacity of Wat Paknam. Continuing there became inappropriate.
Where is Phra Dhammajayo!
Thai police raided Wat Dhammakaya to arrest Phra Dhammajayo for alleged money laundering and accepting embezzled funds worth 1.2 billion baht from the jailed owner of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative bank in 2016. They have been searching the Temple huge grounds for 2 days and couldn’t find him.
This is not the first allegations for Phra Dhammajayo who was charged with fraud in 1999, when he had the temple assets in his name, including 1500 rai of land. The charges were dropped in 2006 against Dhammajayo when he returned the money and land worth 939 million baht back to to the temple. (The attorney general who charged him during that time, suddenly died and the new attorney general dropped all the charges against Phra Dhammajayo).
Personally, I have no problem with your cult. I like the temple design and architecture, I like that the monks of Wat Dhammakaya has to be college graduates, reaching Nirvana by meditation with crystal ball is fine with me, I like your scam of the more money I give to the temple, the better piece of heaven, I get. Easy fix for my sins!
But I didn’t believe you when you said that you saw Steve Jobs as an angel lives inside a 6-floor building in heaven, hard to believe that Steve Jobs went to heaven, maybe a basement in hell!
And for Damn sure, I didn’t believe you when you said that you are the Messiah, The Center of Nirvana, The Reincarnated Creator Buddha who will lead the soldiers of light to defeat the evil dark forces in the world.
Ok, Mr. God, that was your chance to free the world from the evil dark forces and lead your soldiers of light but where are you hiding! Maybe you went to visit Steve Jobs in his 6-floor-building in heaven! Messiah or a Miss or a Mess!