...in post no. 4...
Speaking of which...perhaps posts could be numbered for easy(er) reference...say, near the 'report' icon, or ?...just a thought...
Pannapetar wrote:I only know about Wat Dhammakaya from hearsay, i.e. from what other people told me about it, and from their brochures, which are quite abundant here. To me it looks like the closest you can get to "spiritual materialism", as they appear to measure merit primarily in donations and they even have a table of devata levels that are open to you in the afterlife according to the financial contributions you made. They attract a lot of the Bangkok business elite and rich Thai-Chinese merchants. I think Ven. Gavesako's brief portrayal in post no. 4 is quite accurate.
GrahamR wrote:I didn't want to publicly criticism something other people hold as sacred...
Pannapetar wrote:GrahamR wrote:I didn't want to publicly criticism something other people hold as sacred...
It might be one of those cases, where it is more important to be honest than to be respectful.
Zom wrote:Ajahn Jayasaro said that Dhammakaya is a very dangerous sect
I would agree, it's certainly not regular Buddhist as I know it, and has many similarities to Christian sects: offers of heaven coupled with threats of hell, a strong emphasis on financial matters etc.
GrahamZom wrote:Ajahn Jayasaro said that Dhammakaya is a very dangerous sect
Stunningly frightening, and the central building remarkably ugly.farmer wrote:http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/01/20/close_encounters_of_the_buddhist_kind?page=0,1
This photo essay on Wat Dhammakaya is stunning.
tiltbillings wrote:Stunningly frightening, and the central building remarkably ugly.This photo essay on Wat Dhammakaya is stunning.
tiltbillings wrote:This sort of overly regimented, mass display has been a favorite of Nazi Germany and various Communist regimes.
Look at the imagery of the massive regimented ceremony. That has nothing to do with the Dhamma, but it has everything to do with the aggrandizement of Dhammakaya organization, and where would you find anything comparable in imagery to those photos?Euclid wrote:tiltbillings wrote:This sort of overly regimented, mass display has been a favorite of Nazi Germany and various Communist regimes.
Criticising this group is one thing, but let's at least try and keep the rhetoric sensible.
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