Each Buddha image on the Cetiya in a cross-legged position is an embodiment of purity, wisdom and enlightenment. The architects and engineers of the Dhammakaya Cetiya project did extensive research on construction materials for the Cetiya. The parts that hold the 300,000 personal Buddha images on the hemispherical dome and its terraces of the Dhammakaya Cetiya are called cladding.
The size of the individual personal Buddha image is 15 by 15 centimeters, widening to a base of 18 centimeters. After the Dhammakaya Cetiya has been completed, it will continue throughout history to be a place where new generations will learn that there once was a group of people who treasured world peace through inner peace by establishing the wonderful Dhammakaya Cetiya for mankind. In a previous article, I wrote about my personal experiences at Wat Phra Dhammakaya, a massive but mysterious 1,000 acre temple in Thailand best known for its massive ceremonies and its iconic stupa. A major criticism of Dhammakaya regarding its "commercialization" is in its references to wealth.
While the Buddha did teach that letting go of all desire was the key to attaining enlightenment, keep in mind that many of these teachings were directed at monastics, who usually had the explicit goal of spiritual liberation.
Not to mention, wealth (as well as good health, long life, mental acuity, and a host of other things the Buddha himself discusses) is indeed a very useful thing to have while still trapped in the cycle of existence.
In fact, the Buddha himself, born a wealthy prince, made numerous points about the usefulness of wealth, and it'd be hard to believe Prince Siddhartha himself would've abandoned his wife and son for the holy life unless he knew they would've been taken care of. These details shouldn't be taken lightly; I have seen many misguided accusations against Dhammakaya in a variety of news outlets over the temple's references to wealth. I remember one Western news outlet slam the temple for its "commercialism", unwittingly citing the fact that Dhammakaya includes references to wealth in its blessings. Another common accusation critics make against Dhammakaya is that the temple is extravagant, and unlike the previous allegation this accusation doesn't really have a strong basis in fact. Dhammakaya's reputation as not just Thailand's largest temple, but also its richest temple is very well known among the public, and it's easy to perceive a wealthy organization as having luxurious accommodations.
Although the temple uses most of its money for very specific purposes according to donors wishes: such as the construction of specific buildings, or to support other temples in crisis zones, Dhammakaya is a massive target by the media over its alleged "wealth". Considering the size and scope of many of the projects the temple pursues, it makes sense the Buddhist juggernaut would actually try to make the most of every baht it receives. Dhammakaya is known for its simplistic, low maintenance cost buildings, and monks are trained thoroughly to use its supplies as conservatively as possible.
Having toured the temple myself on many occasions and having even lived there as a temporary monk a few times, I can say with full confidence that Dhammakaya is far from lavish. While Dhammakaya does have many monks with laptops and smartphones keep in mind these things are generally pretty useful in the modern world anyways, especially for monks that have to teach people regularly. Not to mention, Dhammakaya is definitely not the only temple in Thailand to have monks with iPhones. Contrary to the claims of random commenters on the Internet, all monks and staff at Dhammakaya live quite humble lifestyles, and anybody who visits their living quarters themselves won't see an inkling of extravagance. I myself lived in one of the temple's more luxurious living quarters as a temporary international monk, the picture above depicts something similar to the palace I lived in. Any salaried staffs are paid quite modestly, and no monk of any rank or background receives a single cent in income, although they are sometimes given petty cash or offered cash directly by laypeople to use for their convenience, a practice that is done throughout temples in all of Thailand by the way. This is a pretty stark contrast to the mansions and multi-million dollar salaries you would see John Oliver assailing regarding America's mega-churches that critics say Dhammakaya is trying to mimic. The most common and widespread criticism of Dhammakaya, is directed toward the temple's fundraising. It's an interesting accusation considering that if you take a look at a lot of Dhammakaya teachings, it focuses heavily on meditation. The temple even recommends that you spend one minute of each hour every day to step back and meditate, something they remind their members of regularly on their 24-hour Buddhist TV program.
While Dhammakaya is highly meditation based, these claims of the temple emphasizing giving is far from unfounded. Dhammakaya denies having any doctrinal differences with Thai Buddhism, but they are known for a few differences in customs and for putting more emphasis on certain aspects of the Buddha's teachings.
One teaching of the Buddha that is emphasized by Dhammakaya especially is the making of merit through Dana, Sila, and Bhavana; or the practice of generosity, morality, and meditation. Contrary to the accusations of many critics, the temple has never claimed that giving to Dhammakaya is better than giving to any other temple; and claims about Dhammakaya "selling" Nirvana is only used as click bait or as a hook to sell books.
Dhammakaya even encourages its members to support and attend their local temple's events also, not just their own. While Dhammakaya goers do naturally give more to Dhammakaya than to other temples, that is pretty much what one would expect anyways for an organization with such a devoted following, and Dhammakaya makes it very clear that the key to Nirvana is through meditation and only meditation. Generosity and morality is even described by the temple as a tool to eliminate one's greed and ill-will to make progressing in meditation easier, however like I said before, Dhammakaya does mention other benefits to generosity and morality, as did the Buddha. If you explore the temple yourself, you will find that all three of these things are indeed encouraged and practiced by attendees actively, especially meditation above all. Despite the frequent reminders to center the mind and the lengthy mass meditations that make up the cornerstone of Dhammakaya events, you will hardly ever hear about such things outside of the temple's own network. The fact of the matter is no matter what Dhammakaya does, critics and journalists alike will cherry pick details of the temple's activities to fit their own interests. Unfortunately for Dhammakaya, the media tends to affix itself on the Dana aspect of Dhammakaya's teachings rather than the Sila or Bhavana aspects. Voici quelques photos du site web du temple qui devraient vous donner envie d’y participer. Using the Tipitika as his cornerstone, he has dedicated countless hours extensively researching Dhamma – the teachings of the Lord Buddha, in order to incorporate them in the countless lectures he has given and over a hundred books he has authored for the sole purpose of encouraging right view and virtues in the citizens of the world. Additionally, the Most Venerable Phrabhavanaviriyakhun places the highest priority in cultivating monks to be true monks, developing people to be virtuous people, and creating a temple that is ideal for studying the teachings of the Lord Buddha and practicing meditation.
However, I believed it was my good fortune from the past that allowed me to meet Luang Por Dhammajayo (Phrathepyanmahamuni), Abbot of the Dhammakaya Temple, before I could have easily lost my way further.
Even renowned and well-known masters of the black magic were unsuccessful in demonstrating their skills when they performed their techniques in the presence of Mr. If it is a good receiver, the frequency can be received clearly whether the source is a short or long wave originating nearby or from far away. The Most Venerable Phrabhavanaviriyakhun is a natural born teacher endowed with immense virtues and possesses the heart of a true and virtuous friend.

Generally, reading an exceptional book can give us a glimpse into the personality of the author. Wat Phra Dhammakaya was built according to the four factors that contribute to the cultivation and development of virtues, that were taught by the Lord Buddha. After the temple was established, more and more people came to learn Dhamma and practice meditation. Built entirely on international public contributions, it is also the embodiment of unity and love for mankind.
Therefore, we need a place to facilitate people in their search for spiritual fulfillment and the kind of happiness that is independent of material things and circumstances.
This is because the Lord Buddha had become enlightened through meditation, which purified the mind, resulting in inner peace and spiritual harmony. Since the Dhammakaya Cetiya serves as a symbol of peace through succeeding generations, it is architecturally designed to manifest world peace by their ancestors. Based on historical evidence of the constructions that have lasted over thousands of years, the final conclusion was that the structural material to use in the project would be concrete and iron Why?
Both Buddha images and claddings were built from silicon bronze which is normally used in submarine's propeller for its strength and chemical resistance. Many critics however, say that Dhammakaya owes its success to its "commercialization" of Buddhism. This is a pretty valid accusation, since Dhammakaya does indeed make references to attaining wealth in its ceremonies and blessings.
Contrary to the popular stereotypes of Buddhism teaching detachment and giving up your possessions, Buddhism is about much more than abandoning your stuff.
The Buddha was known for crafting unique sermons to fit whomever he was teaching and more often than not, when directing laypeople, his teachings were more about improving their lives than material abandonment.
And it's much easier to take up the holy life if you don't have to worry about having to support your family.
The Buddha has however said on many occasions that the holy life is far more beneficial than any amount of wealth or charity, something Dhammakaya has openly agreed with.
While it is true that the temple includes such references, that is something that is not unique to Dhammakaya, and can even be seen in Pali blessings in the Buddhist scriptures used by virtually every single temple in Thailand and in numerous Theravada temples abroad.
So it's not surprising people accuse the temple of being the Buddhist equivalent of a mega-church that preaches the prosperity gospel. The temple's biggest splurge is probably the fact that it provides free meals twice day to anybody who comes. Many critics point to the fact that some monks have laptops and smartphones proves the temple misuses its donations. Using modern technology is a pretty necessary way to communicate in such a gigantic temple, especially one with affiliates all over the world.
In fact, monks having smartphones isn't even something limited to Thailand, something American comedian Conan O'Brien would attest to. Even if you visit the dwelling of the temple's highly respected abbot, Venerable Dhammajayo, you would see a place of humility, thoroughly devoid of luxury.
The biggest argument for Dhammakaya's "commercializing" has to do with its emphasis on giving, a criticism that does actually have a strong basis in truth.
In fact, they make regular references to meditation all throughout the temple, and staff would be much more excited over a newcomer coming to learn meditation than offering a donation. Dhammakaya also has its own (free just so you know) online program to encourage people to meditate consistently. Dhammakaya is known for its unique approach to Buddhism, and critics and supporters alike recognize the temple for its efforts to align Buddhism to modern civilization.
Although these teachings are directly from the Buddha himself, many critics say that Dhammakaya uses it as a guise for raising money. And the temple routinely reminds its supporters that mindset and intention are just as important as the activity. At Dhammakaya sermons, they routinely say that in respect to those three concepts of Dana (giving), Sila (morality), and Bhavana (meditation); giving is important, morality is even more important, and meditation is the most important. And no matter what kind of scriptural justification or photographic proof from within the temple they can provide, Dhammakaya just can't seem to shake this "commercial temple" image it has lingering around it.
His invaluable teaching is clear, precise, contemporary and grounded soundly on the principle of cause and effect. 2555), to acknowledge the 72nd anniversary of the Most Venerable Phrabhavanaviriyakhun’s birthday, a ceremony to commemorate this milestone will be held.
Padej discovered that the younger Chaiyaboon Suthipon observed the Five Precepts, abstained from alcohol and practiced meditation, he was interested in meeting him and arranged for a meeting. Chaiyaboon: when compared, a person is like to a radio and meditation is like the receiver inside the radio. Dattajeevo Bhikkhu was entrusted with the responsibilities in the area of teaching and training monks to become true monks and cultivating people to be virtuous people. He has given himself completely to Buddhism – dedicating his time to offering Dhamma lectures and writing over 136 exemplary books on Dhamma. In the case of the Most Venerable Phrabhavanaviriyakhun who is worthy of our respect and honor, we can concur to his immense passion for Dhamma and lifelong dedication to Buddhism and its propagation. Thus, it was necessary to acquire and develop additional plots of land and to extend the infrastructure to serve the congregation. The dome-shaped Cetiya (stupa) is the hallmark of what has become the largest venue for mass meditation and prayers for Buddhists and peace-loving people of the world.
Besides developing the mind power through meditation, we also cultivate moral conduct for interested people. From the ancient Pyramid of Egypt, the Egyptians at that time used white lime as a seal between the stones of the Pyramids.
From the knowledge of the world's first Bronze Age civilization of Ban Chiang in Udon Thani, Thailand, archaeologists have unearthed Bronze images believed to be approximately 5,000 years old. Anyone donating a certain amount of money for building a complete Buddha image may have one's name or the name of a beloved inscribed on the base of a personal Buddha image. You will be so proud to have a role in establishing this greatest construction for our world. Of course, these things are generally offered to the monks directly by faithful lay people.

And Internet connection serves as a great way to benefit the public with easy access to the Dhamma.
After all, a story about a mysterious, colossal Buddhist temple ten times the size of Vatican City that preaches commercialism; is just so much juicier than a story of a colossal, 1,000 acre temple that preaches sitting still. The teaching methodology and volumes of books he has penned, which illustrates to his exemplary nature, offer his audience and readership the technique and inspiration to continue improving themselves.
I read all sorts of books and practically read every book in the Kanchanaburi Library. In prior demonstrations, whenever he dipped his hand into the hot oil pan, he never got burned or felt the heat. The Dark Art proved ineffective and innocuous against the purity and power of the Wholesome Art. Chaiyaboon to study meditation practice with Khun Yai, Master Nun Chand Khonnokyoong, at the Dhammaprasit House at Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen. Thus, this led to the establishment of many projects such as the Dhammadayada Training Program; training programs for soldiers, police officers, teachers, government officials from various departments, and many private companies. These books on the precious teachings of the Lord Buddha have been translated into English, published, and converted into various media formats. The inner peace of each individual can spread to those around, creating a happier family, more peaceful societies and regions in which people treat each other with compassion and respect.
Considering the climate of Thailand -- humid and tropical -- we decided to use a titanium and gold coating on the surface of the silicon bronze Buddha images to protect them and ensure that they last 1,000 years. 2510) and went on to earn a Diploma in Dairy Technology from Hawkesbury College in Australia. Somdej Phra Maharatchamongkhalachan (Venerable Chuang Worapunyo Bhikkhu, Dhamma, Pali Level 9), current abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, as his preceptor.
Once I finished this ancient text, I wanted to practice meditation; however, it was hard obtaining good results when you practiced on your own. Padej’s eagerness to impart his knowledge on the art of black magic, but only after determining Mr. Thereafter, he became one of the integral contributors in a community of pioneers who helped build the Dhammakaya Temple with the objectives set by the Most Venerable Phrathepyanmahamuni (Luang Por Dhammajayo), Abbot of the Dhammakaya Temple, and guidance from his teacher, Master Nun Chand Khonnokyoong.
Furthermore, he is instrumental in the propagation of Buddhism through the development of domestic and international branch centers of the Dhammakaya Temple.
Therefore, it is an auspicious opportunity for all his faithful disciples to gather together with our deepest respect to honor the anniversary of his 72nd birthday by listening to his invaluable Dhamma sermon and offering our reverence on Sunday 16th December 2012 (B.E. Every building at Wat Phra Dhammakaya was designed to be simple, strong and non-luxurious while saving costs of construction and maintenance in order to maximize the benefits of usage in promoting peace and harmony to humankind. Phrarajbhavanavisudh, better known as Luang Phor Dhammajayo, President of the Foundation, has set the goal to construct the Dhammakaya Cetiya in order to create world peace for all mankind by developing a peaceful mind in every individual. Therefore, we have found that concrete would be the most durable substance to support the Cetiya to last for 1,000 years. Therefore, I was on a personal quest to find a meditation instructor, and through sheer coincidence I came across an instructor who was practicing meditation in order to advance his black magic. Chaiyaboon was present, he felt the extreme heat merely from passing his hand above the oil and had to withdraw his hand quickly. He has been working tirelessly on these tasks since the first year of his ordination, and at the age of 72 he shows no signs of slowing down. And being a teenager, I was automatically drawn to such techniques as immortality, heat resistance, and unlocking locks using magic. Another research firm, the US-based CEPAC, also verified the durability of the concrete formula for the Dhammakaya Cetiya. As such, the personal Buddha images on the Dhammakaya Cetiya are a witness of mankind's effort to help create world peace for mankind.
Padej was highly versed in Dhamma, the screening involved a bombardment of questions to test Mr. The outer shell of the Cetiya is now decorated with 300,000 Buddha images, on the hemispherical dome and the spherical terrace.
I thought it was part of the Wholesome Art because there were incantations extolling the virtues of the Triple Gem and Venerable Moggallana, one of the Lord Buddha’s chief disciples endowed with psychic powers. Chaiyaboon’s knowledge and lasted until the morning hours that the Tipitika texts had to be retrieved for reference. Later on, he wished to test his ability to command liquid mercury by making it run into Mr. The work-in-progress interior is being decorated with another 700,000 Buddha images, which have all yet been installed. Several hundred thousands of these images already have specific owners who donate toward the making of these images while a few hundred thousands more are awaiting forthcoming owners. During the Asian economic collapse during 1998-2000 especially in Thailand, contributors residing here were facing an economic hardship altogether.
It symbolizes the peacefulness and happiness that Dhamma (the teachings of the Lord Buddha) brings to every sentient being. Chaiyaboon was a meditation practitioner at Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen who practiced diligently until he attained the Dhammakaya (Enlightened Body) within. However, there were some who realized the importance of mind and spiritual development for individual happiness and world peace, and those people donated money from their savings to help the completion of the Dhammakaya Cetiya.
Zone 3: Sangha-Ratanam is used as seating for the monks who participate in or organize sacred ceremonies. Chaiyaboon was asked about heaven and hell, he answered clearly and was certain of their existence. Her name was Khun Yai, Master Nun Chand Khonnokyoong and she was a disciple of Luang Por Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen (Most Venerable Phramongkolthepmuni, Sodh Candasaro).

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