Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:
This thread makes me sad. How can so many people be so wrong? When the Dhamma is well taught by the Blessed One for the liberation of suffering how can some be so intent on accumulating gain, fame, and influence?
Again, how can some be constantly disparaging others, pointing out their faults, and campaigning for their downfall? If some sect, cult, or way of practice is not to your liking, then follow another method.
People are free to believe in whatever religion they want.
It is not too difficult to find the right path. Be mindful of your body, feelings, thoughts, and mental states throughout the entire day in an effort to realise their three characteristics: impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and not-self.Eight Thoughts of a Great Man
- This Dhamma is for one who wants little, not for one who wants much (appicchassāyaṃ dhammo, nāyaṃ dhammo mahicchassa).
- This Dhamma is for the contented, not for the discontented (santuṭṭhassāyaṃ dhammo, nāyaṃ dhammo asantuṭṭhassa).
- This Dhamma is for the reclusive, not for one fond of society (pavivittassāyaṃ dhammo, nāyaṃ dhammo saṅgaṇikārāmassa).
- This Dhamma is for the energetic, not for the lazy (āraddhavīriyassāyaṃ dhammo, nāyaṃ dhammo kusītassa).
- This Dhamma is for one with well-established mindfulness, not for one of confused mindfulness (upaṭṭhitassatissāyaṃ dhammo, nāyaṃ dhammo muṭṭhassatissa).
- This Dhamma is for the composed, not for the uncomposed (samāhitassāyaṃ dhammo, nāyaṃ dhammo asamāhitassa).
- This Dhamma is for the wise, not for the unwise (paññavato ayaṃ dhammo, nāyaṃ dhammo duppaññassa).
- This Dhamma is for one who is free from impediments, not for one who delights in impediments (nippapañcārāmassāyaṃ dhammo nippapañcaratino, nāyaṃ dhammo papañcārāmassa papañcaratino).
Thank you for the reminder of the eight thoughts, venerable
I don’t think that exposing the Dhammakaya shames and wrongdoings at this thread is being made with conceit, but for informative purposes. Like a Cult Warning, out of compassion.
For those who are already absorbed inside a cult it is very difficult to see the global picture, but for persons who are seeking information, perhaps because there is a new meditation center at their neighborhood, data like this may help them to investigate and consider what is more suitable for them. There is a very fine line between joining a religious movement and joining a cult.
I know a member of a Thai family whose father sold three of their four real estate properties and donated all the assets to Dhammakaya in order to gain a place for sitting at the front rows (the reservation of your seat inside the UFO depends on the amount of your donations, and the closer to the leader Dhammachayo, the more expensive). The family sadly went to bankrupt and moved apart from the alienated father.
In this age of mega-doses of information, skilled PR experts, aggressive marketing, brainwashing and thought control, it may be a good thing to build lighthouses to warn of certain dangers.
Unfortunately, lighthouses like this may not work with the new generations of Thais that have studied at the hundreds of Dhammakaya Schools that are spread all around the country. When I compared the superiority of Dhammakaya over the Church of Scientology I was not referring to the evil side of Scientology, but to the gigantic Dhammakaya machinery to fabricate new acolytes.