Monday, July 20, 2009

Dhammakaya

I always take an interest in any modernization trends within Theravada Buddhism. It sure needs it. However, the Dahmmakaya movement, one of the few examples of religious modernization in Thailand, makes me feel decidedly uneasy. Have a look at http://www.perfspot.com/video2/video.asp?id=2723128819&b=
Buddhist puja meets Nuremburg rally.

10 comments:

Jamie G. said...

Bhante,

Holy cow, it does look like a Nuremburg rally!

But I'm sure an AC/DC concert could be interpreted just the same...

...or even a service at Joel Osteen's church. Oh...wait.

ah-ha said...

Where on Earth or Thailand is this mortifying modern edifice? Reminds me of the Vatican. And the thousands of unbelievable believers or deluted devotees.

vegan27 said...

Are these photographs or computer simulations?

David (TheDhamma.com) said...

They look kind of cultish. What are their core beliefs, practices?

John and Pamela said...

Wow! I kept thinking, what's the point in having all of those generic statues?

Hilton said...

That really is scary. I hope you're able to publish more about them. Disturbing.

no said...

Looked wonderful to me :-)

They looked pretty mainstream, so if they at least uphold the 5 precepts, it can only be for the better... helps to put in place the megachurches, MJ, the extremists, etc.

How many would still want to go to the monasteries of the forest meditators? By most counts, the goal of Nirvana is elusive and most turn to a social-oriented Buddhism. (Venerable, please correct me if I am wrong :-))

ah-ha said...

The goal of Nirvana is not that elusive. Today's ST paper reported the construction of Nirvana at Choa Chu Kang. Expect six star treatment, air-conditioned premises designed with elements of fengshui and halls adorned with Buddha statues. Bookings are open for those who want to consider it an investment as well as a hedge against inflation. What price Nirvana?

straycat said...

Aerial view of the Dhammakaya 'HQ' here. It's in Pathum Thani province just north of Bangkok.

gustav said...

This you can call a Cult, I'd say, words fail me !