Those interested to cultivate a deeper understanding of the Dhammakaya Movement, Wat Phra Dhammakaya (Thai: วัดพระธรรมกาย), can read the academic paper, “Esoteric Teaching of Wat Phra Dhammakāya” by Mano Mettanando Laohavanich published in the Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Volume 19, 2012. So far this blog had only one post regarding this movement, “Dhammakaya sect knows where Steve Jobs was reborn” (2012/09/16).
The abstract of the paper states:
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.
Read the full paper: “Esoteric Teaching of Wat Phra Dhammakāya” by Mano Mettanando Laohavanich