I have now ordained at Wat Phra Dhammakāya for five rains retreats. I know the wat where I live is a controversial subject, so I have not emphasized my being a part of Wat Phra Dhammakāya that much. I didn't want to stir up too many things, especially on a very peaceful forum such as this.
On the topic of the upāsika program, as well as the ordination program that has been held, might I add that the main purpose is to attempt to revive Buddhism in many places in Thailand, and to prevent temples from getting empty, without monks residing in them. Though led by Wat Phra Dhammakāya, there are in fact many other wats involved.
I personally have been involved in this project, teaching to Thai in a wat in Khorat. Many local villagers ordained for the program, and were inspired by the program. After they returned to the lay life, they maintained the five precepts and came to their local temple more often to support it an keep it alive. I have seen many places in Thailand where Buddhism is quickly declining, and I think this approach is very helpful. After all, training people is a very important activity to spread the Dhamma. It makes the Thai people realize that there is more to Buddhism than amulets and asking for lucky numbers, which I think is important.
I hope this helps.
He stopped and called out to the Blessed One: "Stop, recluse! Stop, recluse!"
"I have stopped, Angulimāla, you stop too."