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Esoteric Teaching of Wat Phra Dhammakāya
Author Laohavanich, Mano Mettanando
Source Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Pages483 - 513
PublisherDepartment of History & Religious Studies Program , The Pennsylvania State University
Publisher Url
LocationUniversity Park, PA, US
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteFormerly Ven. Dr. Mettanando Bhikkhu. Pridi Banomyong International College,
Thammasat University, Thailand.

Thailand’s controversial Wat Phra Dhammakāya has grown exponentially. In just three decades, it has come to have millions of followers in and outside of Thailand and over forty branches overseas. The esoteric teaching of meditation taught by the leaders of the community has inspired thousands of young men and women from various universities to sacrifice their lives to serve their Master, something that has never been seen before in Thailand or elsewhere in the Theravāda world. What is
the nature of this esoteric teaching? Why is it so appealing to these young minds? These questions are discussed and analyzed by the author, who was one of Wat Phra Dhammakāya’s founding members.

Table of contentsShort History of Wat Phra Dhammakāya 486
Different Layers of Teachings to Newcomers 487
Esoteric Teaching of Phra Monkhol-thep-muni: Vijjā Dhammakāya 489
Genesis According to Vijjā Dhammakāya 492
Primordial Buddha: Power of Righteousness, Authority of the Abbot 497
Power Base of Community Leader: Myth of the Cosmic Army of the Dharma498
Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich and the Army of the Light 501
Methods Used by the Abbot to Impress Disciples About His True Nature 503
To What Extent is the Esoteric Teaching Accepted in the Community? 505
Influence in the Ecclesiastical Community of Thailand 506
Relationship to the State and National Politics 508
Conclusion 511
ISSN10769005 (E)
Created date2013.03.13
Modified date2017.07.13

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