Dhammakaya sect knows where Steve Jobs was reborn

The abbot of the Dhammakaya sect, Phra Dhammachayo—who is said to be seen among the temple’s inner core members to be the reincarnation of the “Creator” who is leading an army of the Sons of Light to fight the Sons of Darkness in a cosmic battle to save humankind—declared that the late co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, 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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Update 15 Jan 2013

Update June 2016

Update August 2016

There is also an academic book Nirvana for Sale?: Buddhism, Wealth, and the Dhammakaya Temple in Contemporary Thailand by Rachelle M. Scott, published by State University of New York Press, 2009.

Update September 2016

Comments

  1. Thank goodness for INFORM, who sent me comprehensive material about Dhammakaya in response to an inquiry of mine. Dhammakaya has the most modest and unassuming meditation center in a town near me (in the states). So grateful I never bothered to stop in there. Thank you for posting this!

    • Thank you for your feedback and for mentioning INFORM. Good to know that they have also material about them.

      (I feel a bit sad and uncomfortable that I mainly post here controversial stuff as a monk. However, it seems to be some things have to be pointed out in order to protect people new to Buddhism or to help them to make up their own minds before they commit themselves to groups which are seen as controversial.)

  2. Dhammakaya are everywhere and are MASSIVE in Thailand where they are HUGELY controversial. They are into big bucks and are totally frowned upon by the Thai monastic establishment, having been the object of police scrutiny for years They teach a meditation more akin to tantric Buddhism (minus the preparation) and sell little statues to devotees at grossly inflated prices. The opulence in Thailand is sickening The sickening face of ‘modern Buddhism’ Even their wiki page is ‘sanitized’-Thank goodness people are starting to talk here in the West!

  3. “In his article “Esoteric Teachings of Wat Phra Dhammakaya,” he discusses the belief among the temple’s inner core members that the abbot is the reincarnation of the “Creator” who is leading an army of the Sons of Light to fight the Sons of Darkness in a cosmic battle to save humankind.”

    Need anyone say more?

    • this says enough …

    • a very incomprehensive memoir of Laohavanich. Rambling words of a man who was exiled from every temple we lived in. All those things are in his head. He’s been a broken record saying the same things for decades without any support other than himself. I don’t think that’s a credible reference by the standards of Oxford or Harvard..

      • I see, you issue an ad hominem, if you don’t have an argument, slander your opponent.

        Those interested in Laohavanich’s paper which was published by the Journal of Buddhist Ethics can read: »Esoteric Teaching of Wat Phra Dhammakāya«.

        Mano Mettanando Laohavanich is from the Pridi Banomyong International College of the Thammasat University.

  4. This is probably an overdue comment, but if you go to the site directly, this is a fairy tale by the temple. I’m sorry if you actually believed that the temple was telling the story as truth… This teaches us the importance of reading everything comprehensively, not just partially…

  5. I updated the post. There is an academic book Nirvana for Sale?: Buddhism, Wealth, and the Dhammakaya Temple in Contemporary Thailand by Rachelle M. Scott, published by State University of New York Press, 2009.

    The synopsis reads:

    Explores the relationship between material prosperity and spirituality in contemporary Thai Buddhism.

    What is the proper relationship between religion and prosperity? Rachelle M. Scott looks at this issue in a Thai Buddhist context, asking when the relationship between Buddhist piety and wealth is viewed in favorable terms and when it is viewed in terms of conflict and tension. Scott focuses on the Dhammakaya Temple, an organization that has placed traditional Theravada practices, such as meditation and merit-making, within a modernist framework that encourages personal and social prosperity. The Temple’s construction of a massive religious monument in the late 1990s embodied this message, but also sparked criticism of the Temple’s wealth and fund-raising techniques and engendered debates over authentic Buddhism and religious authority. Scott situates this controversy within the context of postmodern Thailand and the Asian economic crisis when reevaluations of wealth, global capitalism, and “Asian values”occupied a preeminent place in Thai public discourse.

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  1. […] deliver their messages, worrying very little about their actual truthfulness. In one of them they even claimed after the death of Steve Jobs that he had reincarnated as a half-angel, half-giant and is currently residing in an ethereal six-storey building located not far from his Apple office […]

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