gavesako wrote:Dhammakaya leader saw and described the reincarnation of Steve Jobs! Believe it or not...
retrofuturist wrote:I do hope such shenigans on the part of Dhammakaya do not taint perception of legitimate orders such as the Dhammayuttika and Maha Nikayas.
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,gavesako wrote:Dhammakaya leader saw and described the reincarnation of Steve Jobs! Believe it or not...
I'll stick with "not".
I do hope such shenigans on the part of Dhammakaya do not taint perception of legitimate orders such as the Dhammayuttika and Maha Nikayas.
mikenz66 wrote:Hi Retro,retrofuturist wrote:I do hope such shenigans on the part of Dhammakaya do not taint perception of legitimate orders such as the Dhammayuttika and Maha Nikayas.
As I understand it Dhammakaya monks are ordained in one or other of those Nikayas. As far as I can understand, Dhammakaya is analogous to a group of monasteries, such as the "Ajahn Chah" group, etc. I've heard it said, though that they are trying to create the impression that they are a separate Nikaya, and they are certainly large, wealthy, and growing (they have two monasteries in New Zealand and support Buddhist studies at Otago University, for example).
gavesako wrote:http://blogs.dickinson.edu/buddhistethi ... hammakaya/
perkele wrote:gavesako wrote:http://blogs.dickinson.edu/buddhistethi ... hammakaya/
Thanks, Bhante, for posting this link.
This is really quite horrifying to read. The abbot of Wat Dhammakaya as the almighty creator of the worlds and of Nibbana, <snip>
Overall it seems just surreal.
manas wrote:Greetings Bhante,
I don't know much about Thai Buddhism, but afaik there are still plenty of really good monks, and some quite outstanding ones, to keep Thai Buddhism from totally imploding into this sort of nonsense.
Mr. Jobs has been reincarnated as a celestial warrior-philosopher, the Dhammakaya group said in a special television broadcast, and he’s living in a mystical glass palace hovering above his old office at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters. ...
Sporting a shaved head and over-sized glasses, Phra Chaibul, a soft-spoken trained economist, advises students to closely analyze Mr. Jobs’s life so they can better understand their own role in this world, and beyond. Perfection of the kind symbolized by Apple’s phones and other gadgets, he intones, can only be attained by many cycles of trial and error.
“Once Steve Jobs began work on something, he was determined to get it done to the best of his ability,” Phra Chaibul said in one sermon. “No problems or obstacles could come between him and his work. On the contrary, problems and obstacles only spurred him on to succeed.”
That grittiness helped Apple become the world’s most valuable company, even before the launch of its next iPhone model, expected in September.
The spiritual rewards also appear to be worth the effort, at least according to Phra Chaibul. He says that Mr. Jobs now enjoys sleeping on a floating hover-bed, and when he thinks of a piece of music he would like to hear, it automatically plays. If he is hungry, an aide quickly brings him a tasty treat.
“Everything is high-tech, beautiful, and simple, exactly the way he likes it, and he is filled with great excitement and amazement,” Phra Chaibul says. In fact, the technology surrounding the reincarnated Mr. Jobs works so seamlessly that he has no reason to “bare his canine teeth” or otherwise exercise the hot temper for which he was known on earth.
What’s more, Mr. Jobs was reborn in a younger, more handsome form. Phra Chaibul says he now appears to be around 35 to 40 years old, with a full head of hair. Artist renderings accompanying Phra Chaibul’s lectures show a rejuvenated Mr. Jobs living in a photo-shopped, air-brushed utopia where he hangs out with other sprites and revels in the achievements of friends and colleagues he left behind on earth.
gavesako wrote:The stairway to heaven is all booked up
You need not be a strict Buddhist to find the story of Steve Jobs' life after death very bizarre.
According to the Dhammakaya sect, the late co-founder of Apple has been reincarnated as a mid-level angel and is now living in a six-storey building in a heavenly atmosphere...
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