Build the temple to be a noble temple,
cultivate monks to be true monks,
and develop people to be virtuous people.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_toggle title=”Getting to Know Wat Phra Dhammakaya 认识法身寺” el_id=”1496395569195-8ccc5109-9b3a”]Wat Phra Dhammakaya was established on 20 February 1970 by the Most Venerable Phrathepyanmahamuni (Luangpor Dhammajayo), Master Nun Chand Khonnokyoong and their disciples. With an initial fund of just 3,200 baht (US$160 in 1970), they invested selfless and immeasurable efforts to transform 78 acres of rice paddies into a beautiful temple.
The idea of Wat Phra Dhammakaya originated from the great determination of the Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), the late abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen and the re-discoverer of Dhammakaya Meditation. He aimed to propagate Dhammakaya Meditation worldwide in order to preserve the Lord Buddha’s teachings and promote true peace on earth.
Wat Phra Dhammakaya was built according to the four factors that contribute to the cultivation and development of virtues taught by the Lord Buddha. This includes pleasant location, pleasant food, pleasant people and pleasant Dhamma, and the concept of “building a true temple, training true monks, and promoting people to be truly virtuous.”
After the temple was established, more and more people came to learn Dhamma and practice meditation. Thus, it was necessary to acquire and develop additional plots of land and to extend the infrastructure to support the growing congregation. The temple’s development has been made possible by donations from the laypeople. Every building at Wat Phra Dhammakaya was designed to be simple, strong and non-luxurious while saving costs of construction and maintenance in order to maximize the benefits of usage in promoting peace and harmony to humankind.
The Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro)
The late abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen
The Re-discoverer of Dhammakaya meditation
On the full moon day of the tenth lunar month in 1917, the Great Master persevered in his meditation practice with true dedication until he discovered the Dhammakaya (the Buddhahood within) which the Lord Buddha himself had attained previously. Know- ledge of this method of meditation had been lost for over 2,000 years. After attaining Dhammakaya, the Great Master dedicated himself to propagating Buddhism and Dhammakaya Meditation throughout his life with the axiom that “Stillness of mind is the key to success.”Before passing away in 1959, the Great Master entrusted his close disciples to continue propagating Dhammakaya Meditation to humankind.
（1884 – 1959）
Master Nun Chand Khonnokyoong
The founder of Wat Phra Dhammakaya
Master Nun Chand Khonnokyoong was one of the foremost disciples of the Great Master. She was an expert in advanced Dhammakaya Meditation. Her insight was so powerful that she was greatly admired by the Great Master who referred to her as “second to none.”After the Great Master passed away, she continued to teach meditation at her residence on the grounds of Wat Paknam. Later, when her residence became overcrowded by disciples who wished to learn meditation, she established a new meditation center that later developed into Wat Phra Dhammakaya. Master Nun Chand played a key role in the subsequent success of founding Wat Phra Dhammakaya.
（ 1909 – 2000）
The Most Venerable Phrathepyanmahamuni (Luangpor Dhammajayo)
The descendent of Dhammakaya Meditation
The abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya
Luangpor Dhammajayo became interested in Buddhism and meditation during his adolescence. After he met Master Nun Chand, he dedicated himself to the practice of Dhammakaya Meditation, and Master Nun Chand assigned him to teach meditation to other disciples. After graduating from Kasetsart University in 1969, he ordained into the monastic order on 27 August 1969 at the chapel of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen in Bangkok. His preceptor, presently His Holiness Somdet Phramaharatchamangkhlachan, the present abbot of Wat Paknam, gave him the monatic name of “Dhammajayo” which means “victory through Dhamma.”
（1944 – ）
The Temple’s Achievements to Date
Over the past 40 years, Wat Phra Dhammakaya has not only built necessary structures but also developed wholesome people. It has cultivated righteous monks to perpetuate Buddhism, instilled morality in people of every age and gender, and extended some projects to different countries to help propagate Buddhism there. These undertakings gave the people throughout the world the opportunities to study the Buddha’s Teachings and practice meditation. At the same time, they learned the true goal of human life-everyone is here to accumulate merits and pursue Perfections. Practicing the Buddha’s Teachings increases the quality of life. It is also the way to revive world morality.
Mass Ordination of 100,000 Monks from Every Village Throughout Thailand
This project has been made possible in support of the entire Sangha Community, the Committee on Education, Religion, Arts and Culture Group, the House of Representatives, along with more than 25 organizations.
This was the largest mass ordination in Thailand’s recorded history, and it inspired many monks to remain in the monkhood to help perpetuate Buddhism, increasing the number of monks in the Sangha Community.
Renunciation Practice of 1,000,000 Upasikas
This project was carried out from 8 to 15 March 2010. Ladies practiced renunciation, performed wholesome deeds, and learned about the Buddhist Ideal and morality in the project. The ladies who undertook the training will play an important role in protecting Buddhism and reviving world morality.
V-Star (Virtuous Star) Project for World Morality Revival
V-Star project aims to instill morality in youth by instilling in them the necessary virtues so that they become responsible not just for themselves but for the community as well. Smart and good children are the future and the hope of the family, society, and country. They are also the models of morality.
The first Award Presentation Ceremony took place on 19 May 2008 on the grounds of the Great Dhammakaya Cetiya. The ceremony has been organized ten times so far and each time it was participated by hundreds of thousands of V-Star students.
V-Stars “道德之星” 复兴世界道德活动，旨在培训青少年成为道德之星：对自己和团体负责，才德兼备，成为家庭、社会与国家未来的希望，成为青少年道德典范。
Mass Ordination Program of Novices from Every Village Throughout Thailand
Nationwide Novices Ordination was organized by Wat Phra Dhammakaya from 23 March to 23 April 2015, nearly 100,000 novices began training meditation and learning the Lord Buddha’s teachings at over 800 training centers throughout the country before convening at Wat Phra Dhammakaya on 3 April 2015 for the ordination the following morning. The program was to encourage young boys to practice meditation and to learn Lord Buddha’s teaching that will assist them in their adult life.
The Lighting of Lanterns on Magha Puja Day
Each year Buddhists all over the world come to Wat Phra Dhammakaya to participate in Magha Puja Day activities. During the day, they earn merits by offering food, practicing meditation, offering alms to the Sangha, etc. In the evening, everyone congregates at the grounds of the Great Dhammakaya Cetiya to circumambulate the Cetiya, light more than 100,000 lanterns as homage to the Buddha, and make a resolute wish together for world peace.
Earth Day was aimed to raise awareness of the environmental issues of the day, and it was first organized on 22 April 1970 in the United Staes. Nowadays, Earth Day continues to be observed internationally on this day each year by more than 500 million people in 192 countries worldwide under the slogan: “Cleanse the Mind, Cleanse the World.”
Since 2002, on Earth Day of each year abbots from more than 30,000 temples nationwide, especially abbots or representatives from the 286 temples in the four southern provinces who put their lives on the line for Buddhism daily are invited to Wat Phra Dhammakaya to receive alms from the laity. On such occasions, Buddhists unite to perform wholesome deeds and earn an enormous amount of merits by offering robes, requisites, medicine, Dhamma books, meals, and donations to sustain these temples.
International Dhammadayada Ordination Program
This event is organized especially for foreigners who are interested in learning about the monastic lifestyle. The program lasts about one month and is organized in English, Chinese, and Japanese. Participants can learn first-hand what it is like to be a monk. During the training period, they can practice meditation, study the Buddha’s Teachings, develop patience and perseverance, learn to live with people from different cultures, work boldly toward their goals, and develop right view, right knowledge, and wisdom.
The Middle Way Meditation Retreat
The Middle Way Meditation Retreat is specifically designed for foreig- ners who wish to learn meditation. Instructions are given by qualified teaching monks in English, Chinese, Japanese, and other languages. Participants have the opportunity to practice meditation in a wonderful environment and garner happiness from their meditation practice.
Dhutanga Monks Retrace Luangpu’s Footsteps, Led by Luangpu’s Gold Image
The worst floods struck Thailand in 2011, causing tremendous damage to the country and affecting the spirit of the people. To comfort and lend support to flood victims, bless the country and its people with great merit, Wat Phra Dhammakaya, the Dhammakaya Foundation along with more than 25 organizations, worked together to organize the Dhammachai Dhutanga that took place from 2 to 25 January 2012. More than 1,127 venerable monks undertook Dhutanga to retrace the footsteps of Luangpu, the Great Master of Vijja Dhammakaya, by walking on foot through the provinces of Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Suphanburi, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, and Bangkok. The total distance of the trek was over 365 kilometers. At each rest stop, Dhutanga monks chanted, practiced meditation, and spread love and kindness to all living beings. Wherever the Dhutanga monks went people and students came to welcome them by lining their paths with flower petals. Since 2012, the annual Dhammachai Dhutanga has broken the Guiness World Record four times.
Kathina Robe Offering
During the Buddha’s time, many monks had to travel great distances in order to pay homage to the Buddha at the Jetavanna Temple, and their robes would be in tatters when they arrived. Therefore, the Buddha allowed the Bhikkus to wear a new set of robes after completing the Rains-Retreat. This was how Kathina Robe Offering came to be. Kathina is a special merit making activity and incomparable merit can be earned by laypeople who contribute to it as well as Bhikkus who receive
Practicing Meditation Together via the Internet
It’s an online platform that strives to bring peace to the world by supporting individuals’ quest to find inner peace through a self-development program and to share the peace with their families, friends and communities, hence the slogan PIPO or “Peace In, Peace Out”. The project encourages the new generation of people in every corner of the world to practice meditation online, share their experiences and exchange ideas of their peace projects.
The Offering of Food to Two Million Monks from 77 Provinces in Thailand
This project not only revives morality and the food-offering tradition, but also serves to unite Buddhists and helps monks and novices in the four southern provinces who cannot go on their alms-round due to the unrest. Donated food and other goods are sent to help disaster victims as well. The offering of material things nurtures generosity and virtue. And it is a heart bent on giving that creates a rich soil for self-progress as well as the society, country and the world.
Dedication of Merit to Tsunami Victims
On 5 January 2005 at Phuket and 19 January 2005 at Pattalung province, the Dhammakaya Foundation along with several governmental and non-governmental organizations organized a candle lighting ceremony as homage to the Buddha. The merit from this activity was then dedicated to the people who had perished as a result of the tsunami. At the same time, aid was given to the people who had survived the tsunami.
Academic Collaboration with International Organizations
On 16 July 2008, Dhammachai Institute’s Buddhist Studies Department and Chwien Chang University’s Theology Department in Taiwan signed an academic agreement to develop better learning and teaching methods and elevate academic development standard.
On 27 August 2009 at Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Peking University agreed to translate the Tripitaka from Pali into modern Chinese. This Tripitaka version is called “Beida-Dhammachai Pali Series” (BDP).
On 29 September 2010 at Wat Phra Dhammakaya, DMC signed a MOU agreement with Sri Lanka’s Buddhist TV Channel to exchange broadcasting programs with each other. The Siamvongse Nikaya Supreme Patriarch presided over the signing. Initially under the MOU, certain DMC programs that are of interest to the people of Sri Lanka will be aired for two hours each day.
On 27 August 2011 at Wat Phra Dhammakaya, an academic agreement was signed with three institutions: the Library of Oxford University Bodleian, King’s College London University, and University College Cork. Wat Phra Dhammakaya has agreed to fund their research under the subject of “Theravada Buddhism: Continuity and Diversity”.
On Saturday, 23 February 2013, the Tripitaka Research Group of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, the Dhammakaya Foundation along with 10 universities from around the world, organized a seminar and exhibits on the Tripitaka-Pali under the theme of “Perpetuation of the Buddha’s Teachings: During Buddha’s Time to the Present Days” at Thailand Science Park Convention Center in Pathumthani.
Dhammakaya Open University (DOU)
Dhammakaya Open University is a private Buddhist university that offers long-distance learning based on the Higher Education Act of California, U.S.A..
DOU emphasizes the combination of education and lifestyle, enables its students to have a good understanding of both the theory and practice of the Buddha’s Teachings. At DOU, students learn about Buddhism, the reality of life and the different realms of existence.
The Path of Progress Project
This project was initiated in 1982 in order to promote Dhamma education and the application of Dhamma knowledge to one’s daily life. Participants include students from kindergarten all the way to undergraduate, soldiers, policemen, and teachers.
This project has also received wide support from all concerned because everyone realizes the importance of youth to the future of our country and our world. Today, the project attracts around 5,000,000 participants annually, and over the past 30 years, more than ten million young people have benefited from this project.
World Peace Ethics Contest (World-PEC)
The contest is held at the same time in different countries in order to promote Dhamma education for people worldwide for the reason that Dhamma knowledge allows us to live life correctly. Dhamma knowledge enables us to create a warm and loving family, decrease social problems, and create peace and harmony in society.
From 19 to 26 in July 2010, a program was organized for Buddhists in India to practice renunciation. In addition, the lighting ceremony of floating lanterns was organized in different cities such as Mumbai, Kalyan, Nagpur, Murtijapur, Balaghat, and Ahmednagar. These activities are part of the effort to help revive Buddhism in India, restore Buddhist culture, create a network of virtuous friends, and promote the concept that economy and spirituality must go hand-in-hand.
The presentation of 250 Dhammakaya Images in Bangladesh took place on 7 May 2010 in Chittagong. The ceremony was attended by a large number of Buddhists as well as representatives of different temples. The front page of different newspapers was filled with news of the event.
On 18 March, the World Peace Ethics Contest in Bangladesh was held for the first time. There were 10 exam centers, 509 teams and more than 1,500 contestants from four cities in the Chittagong area.
A program for Buddhist men and women to practice renunciation was organized in Dhaka and Chittagong in Bangladesh in June 2011 by the Dhammakaya Foundation, the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth or WFBY, and Bouddha Juba Parisad (Young Buddhist Association of Bangladesh) or BBJP. The program was held from 17 to 22 June 2011 in Dhaka and from 24 to 30 June 2011 in Chittagong.
The mass ordination program of 294 novices in Bangladesh was held from 2 to 18 January 2012.
The mass ordination program of 1,112 novices at Lumbini, Nepal was held from 10 to 28 November 2011. The ordination ceremony was attended by a large number of Nepalese and Thai people.
The presentation of 222 Dhammakaya Images took place on 13 June 2008 at Bernard Aluviharaya ground, with the President of the Sangha Assembly of Sri Lanka presiding over the ceremony. The event was attended by 2,000 monks from all over Sri Lanka as well as the mi- nisters of different ministries, senators, and a large number of laypeople. The World Peace Ethics Contest in Sri Lanka was organized on 15 August, 2010 by the Sri Lankan Department of Religion and Wat Phra Dhammakaya. The contest was held in more than 300 centers nationwide. Altogether there were 10,000 teams and 30,000 contestants. So far, the contest has been participated by more than 20,000 teams and 60,000 contestants.
15,185 sky lanterns were launched during a ceremony for world peace held on Vesak Day (24 May 2013) at the football field of Philippines University Visaya Campus in Miagao, Ioilo, Philippines. Guinness World Record had recognized the event as The Most Sky Lanterns Flown Simultaneously.
Thailand-Myanmar Jointly Organized Three Historic Events in Dawei
On 6 November 2014, the Dhammakaya Foundation and the Bhikkhu Sangha of Myanmar organized three historic events in the city of Dawei, Myanmar: alms-offering ceremony to 3,000 monks and novices, pilgrimage by 1,000 monks and novices, and a lantern lighting ceremony as homage paid to the Lord Buddha.
International Visakha Puja Day
Visakha is a big event on the Buddhist calendar worldwide. Wat Phra Dhammakaya and the Dhammakaya Foundation celebrate Visakha in Thailand while countries like Indonesia, Mongolia, Singapore, India, U.S.A. organize their own events.
The Dhammakaya Foundation and the Kalpana Saroj Foundation organized a candle and floating lantern lighting ceremony as homage paid to the Lord Buddha in the city of Karachi, India. Thousands of Indian people attended the merit-making event.
Wat Phra Dhammakaya Singapore celebrates Visakha Puja by organizing an exhibition where people can bathe the Buddha Image, light candles to worship the Holy Relics, receive blessings from listening to the monks’ chanting, practice meditation, etc.. Monks from every Buddhist School in Singapore and people of other religious faiths are also invited to attend.
At the Dhammakaya Meditation center of Selangor and Penang, Malaysia, Visakha Puja Ceremony allows people a chance to light candles to worship the Holy Relics, bathe the Buddha image, offer lotus, lights, medicine and Visakha Robe, receive blessings from listening to the monks’ chanting, practice meditation, etc.. There also is an exhibition on the life of the Buddha. A large number of laypeople attend the merit-filled event.
The Dhammakaya Foundation and the Peaceful Mind Foundation organized a candle and floating lantern lighting event as homage paid to the Buddha at the National Stadium in the center of Ulan Bator. During the event, Mongolians pledged themselves as Buddhists. They chanted and practiced meditation together. The event was attended by senior Lamas and broadcasted live on television nationwide. Thousands of Mongolians attended the merit-filled event.
The Dhammakaya Foundation and the Warubi Society organized a Visakha Puja event at Borobudur. Monks from different Buddhist Schools and Buddhists all over Indonesia came together to practice meditation, chant, light candles and floating lanterns as homage paid to the Buddha.
The United States
The Dhammakaya International Meditation Center in Azusa, California organizes a Visakha Puja event every year. Monks from different Buddhist Schools and Buddhists from different countries are invited to light candles, circumambulate the Buddha Image, chant, and practice meditation together.
The Dhammakaya Foundation under the leadership of Phrathepyanmahamuni (Luangpor Dhammajayo) has continuously given relief packages to victims of floods, violent storms, earthquakes, sudden cold spells…as well as spiritual support. This was most evident during the worst floods in Thailand in 2011. During the 2011 floods, the Dhammakaya Foundation gave out more than 5 million relief packages to flood victims throughout the months of the floods and up until the time when the situation began to improve.
Helping Hands for Nepal
Dhammakaya Temple and the Dhammakaya Foundation offer assistance to Nepal.
On 29 April 2015, a team from Dhammakaya Temple left for Nepal to set up a relief center at the Dhammakaya Meditation Center in Nepal to aid victims of the earthquake and bring them sanitary supplies such as toilets, shelters, urea-absorbing polymers, and ultrafiltration water filters with maximum capacities of producing 800 liters of water per hour. In addition, the Dhammakaya Temple and the Dhammakaya Foundation have dispatched 20,000 sets of survival bags comprising of dried food, medicine and drinking water to support victims of the Nepal earthquake.
Dhamma Programs via Satellite (DMC)
Dhamma Media Channel (DMC) broadcasts its programs 24 hours a day to promote Dhamma knowledge and morality, giving everyone in the world the opportunity to practice meditation together and discover true happiness for themselves. Meditation is usually led by Luangpor Dhammajayo. Meditation is something that can be practiced by anyone in their daily life. Meditation gives rise to inner peace and inner peace leads to world peace.
In 2007, DMC, a satellite broadcast program comprised of virtuous and quality programs, was awarded 12 Telly Awards.
Many projects initiated and run by Wat Phra Dhammakaya have received international recognition and different awards which have been presented to Luangpor Dhammajayo, Wat Phra Dhammakaya, and the Dhammakaya Foundation over the years. Some of these awards are:
– World No Tobacco Day Awards received on 31 May 2004 in recognition of Luangpor Dhammajayo’s ongoing stop smoking campaign from the World Health Organization.
– The Senate Medal was received on 23 February 2005 in recognition of the memorial services organized for the Tsunami victims in Phuket on 5 January 2005 and in Phang-Nga on 19 January 2005.
– A Mahatma Gandhi Medal for Peace from Akhil Bharat Rachanatmak Samaj the medal was received on 22 April 2005 in recognition of Luangpor Dhammajayo’s dedicated efforts in youth development for more than 40 years.
– Honorary Shield from the representatives of the four southern provinces The award was received on 3 December 2006 in recognition of Luangpor Dhammajayo’s efforts to help floods victims in different provinces in 2006.
– Universal Peace Award The award was received from Buddhist leaders who attended the third WBSY meeting in Sri Lanka on 3 March 2007, in recognition of Luangpor Dhammajayo’s outstanding work in propagating Buddhism.
– The 28th Telly Awards, U.S.A. Twelve awards were received on 26 September 2007 in recognition of DMC’s unique and quality Dhamma programs.
– Outstanding Radio and TV Stations for the promotion of Buddhism The award was received from the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand on 22 May 2008 in recognition of DMC programs which are translated into English and Chinese as well. DMC started its 24 hours a day worldwide broadcast in 2002.
– The Association for the Protection of Afghan Archaeology presented an honorific plaque to Most Venerable Phrathepyanmahamuni on 25 February 2013 in recognition of his tremendous support in the effort to protect and preserve an invaluable 2000-year-old ancient Buddhist site at Mes Aynak in Afghanistan.
– Noble Peace Award from the World Buddhist Sangha Youth (WBSY) was presented to Most Venerable Phrathepyanmahamuni on 25 February 2013. The award was presented by Most Venerable Mugunuwera Anuruddha Thero, Secretary General of the WBSY, and Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, representing the Honorable Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
– Guinness World Records The longest journey walking on flower petals is 427.8 km (265.82 miles) and was achieved by 1,127 Buddhist monks, who walked across Thailand on the Dhammkaya Dhutanga pilgrimage to welcome the year 2012 in Thailand, between 2 and 25 January 2012.
– Guinness World Records A total 56,680 candles on torches carried by 100,000 participants form the map of the Philippines and a peace logo (inset) to set the Guinness World Record for the largest flaming image using candles on 14 April 2014, in Savannah City, Oton, Iloilo.
– 世界无烟日奖 法身寺住持法胜师父，孜孜不倦地教导人们戒烟，并发起倒酒烧烟活动，于2004年5月31日荣获世界卫生组织颁发的2004年 “世界无烟日奖”。
– 泰国参议院奖章 2005年1月5日在普吉岛、1月19日在攀牙府德古巴县，法胜师父为津波海啸中罹难人士举办追悼法会，于同年2月23日荣获泰国参议院颁发的奖章。
– 印度甘地和平奖 40多年来，法胜师父致力于培养青年道德素养，于2005年4月22日荣获印度甘地总工会颁发的 “甘地和平奖”。
– 泰国四府荣誉奖 2006年大水灾期间，法胜师父慈悲援助他府灾民，于2006年12月3日荣获泰国四府代表颁发的荣誉奖。
– 斯里兰卡世界和平奖 法胜师父一直致力于将佛教弘扬到全世界，于2007年3月3日前往斯里兰卡参加佛教青年僧伽会，荣获各国佛教领袖颁发的 “世界和平奖”。
– 美国第28届特勒电视节奖 法胜师父开设的DMC法身卫星频道节目，于2007年9月26日荣获美国特勒电视节的12个奖项。
– 僧王电视弘法贡献奖 自2002年始，法胜师父开设的DMC法身卫星频道24小时循环播出，以中文和英文弘扬佛法，于2008年5月22日荣获僧王颁发的 “电视弘法贡献奖”。
– 阿富汗文化遗产保护奖 2013年2月25日，阿富汗文化遗产保护协会为法身寺住持法胜师父颁发了荣誉证书，以感谢法胜师父在保护与拯救阿富汗MesAynak地区2000多年的佛教古迹中所作出的重大贡献。
– 世界佛教僧伽青年会诺贝尔和平奖 2013年2月25日，世界佛青会秘书长穆谷努威拉•阿努鲁达长老比丘，以及斯里兰卡总理代表斯里兰卡海军副上将加亚纳•科隆贝，为法身寺住持法胜师父颁发了世界佛教僧伽青年会诺贝尔和平奖。
– 吉尼斯世界纪录荣誉证书 2012年1月2日至25日，为迎新年新运，泰国法身寺举办法胜头陀行活动，1,127位比丘，徒步行走在铺满花瓣的道路上，创下427.8公里(265.82英里)的吉尼斯世界最长记录。
– 吉尼斯世界纪录荣誉证书 2014年4月14日，十万菲律宾民众，于菲律宾伊洛伊洛省莎凡那市点亮56,680盏灯，灯火构成一幅由菲律宾地图和“世界和平来自内在安宁”标志组成的图案，创下“世界最大灯火构图”的吉尼斯世界纪录。
Over the past 40 years, everything has changed with time as it must. But the aspiration of Wat Phra Dhammakaya community has never wavered. It continues to perpetuate the aspiration of Phramongkolthepmuni and Master Nun Chand Khonnokyoong, which is to spread Buddhism and Vijja Dhammakaya to every corner of the world. The Buddha’s Teachings can create inner peace for all humankind, and encourage everyone to accumulate merit as provisions in the endless cycles of life, death, and rebirth until such time that Nibbana can be attained. Every human being is born on earth to embark upon the Path of Nibbana, accumulate merit, and pursue Perfections.
Every one of our activities is for the purpose of restoring Buddhism and world morality to its original glory as it once was during the Buddha’s time. This mission can be completed if members of the Four Buddhist Communities unite as one in the same way that there is only one sun in the sky. We must work together to “change the world”, and we must do it now. Otherwise, it will be too late.
Phrathepyanmahamuni (Luangpor Dhammajayo) Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya
World Peace through Inner Peace