The Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya
Phrathepyanmahamuni (Most Venerable Dhammajayo) is the Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya. He has devoted the past 47 years to the propagation of Buddhism and Dhammakaya Meditation, which has attracted millions of devotees in Thailand and in 80 branches in 33 countries around the world. Living a life of great simplicity and purity, Ven. Dhammajayo has contributed billions of baht to public charities, which include financial aid to 30,000 teachers in Southern Thailand, providing requisites and food for mass-ordinations of more than 10,000 monks, twice-yearly in towns and villages throughout Thailand, and offering relief for natural disasters, including floods, hurricanes and tsunamis. The magnificent structures at Wat Phra Dhammakaya have been built from public support and without any government funding, and will remain the property of the nation and Buddhism for future generations to come.
He has done all this through voluntary donations, without a single Baht subsidized by the government. His many awards and recognitions from Thailand’s Senate, multiple foreign governments, and Buddhist temples and associations across Asia are a testament to his constant and continuing efforts to promote peace, morality, and dedication to Buddhist principles.
The 72-year-old Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya now suffers from several illnesses, including deep vein thrombosis and a chronic leg ulcer. He is under investigation by Thailand's Department of Special Investigation for money laundering and accepting stolen property.
Phrathepyanmahamuni Stands Wrongly Accused
A great deal of misinformation has been issued by Thailand’s Department of Special Investigations (DSI) in regard to the summons of the Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Phrathepyanmahamuni (Most Venerable Dhammajayo). This deliberate misinformation has been reported in the local media, with the result that many readers are confused regarding the true circumstances behind this case.
Find out the truth here.
Latest Releases on Dhammakaya Uncovered
On December 26, 2016, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) permanently revoked the license of the Dhamma Media Channel (DMC.TV) on grounds of it being a threat to the national security of Thailand.
On a recent Daily Dose, the host, M.L. Natthakorn, takes on the topic of amending the Sangha Act. This potential modification centers specifically on Section 7 of the Sangha Act of 1962 - the nomination and assignment of the Supreme Patriarch. The modification will essentially transfer the power to nominate and select the Supreme Patriarch from the hands of the Supreme Sangha Council to that of the Prime Minister. The long term impact this alteration will have, in the eyes of Phra Meteedhammajarn, is colossal and irreparable.
About the dhammakaya temple
Find out about the Dhammakaya Foundation, its mission, its methods, and its decades of societal and religious works.