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Freedom Watch International Pleas for Justice for Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya

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Thai Buddhist monk due to be arrested by Thailand Depart of Special Investigations May 16

Thailand’s Department of Special Investigations (DSI), the country’s equivalent of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations, will soon be issuing an arrest summons for devoted Buddhist monk Phra Dhammajayo from Wat Phra Dhammakaya, who now stands accused of receiving stolen property and money laundering. The allegations stem from illegal donations made to the Dhammakaya temple by the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC)’s Chairman Supachai Srisupa-aksorn four years ago.

According to Freedom Watch International, the organization formed to defend the Abbot, the donations to him were made openly and with no attempt at concealment, which would not be the case if there was any intention of money laundering. The depositing of checks and the utilization of funds were all handled by the temple’s financial officers. FWI believes that in order to rightfully accuse someone of receiving stolen property and money laundering, there must be evidence of wrongdoing and a conspiracy to embezzle the money for personal use. No such evidence exists; and Supachai has even released a statement confirming this.

Srisupa-aksorn was convicted of embezzling more than 11 billion baht in member funds and is currently serving a 16-year sentence. Shortly after the trial ended, the Wat Phra Dhammakaya agreed to a 684-million-baht repayment settlement reached in at Thanyaburi Provincial Court. When the circumstances of the KCUC embezzlement case were made known to Wat Phra Dhammakaya, supporters set up an emergency fund in the amount of 600 million bhat, or roughly equal to the amount Supachai donated to the temple, in an attempt to help depositors by supplying funds to the credit union’s cash flow.

The original donations were unsolicited and earmarked to build religious structures and to assist with the operating expenses of the temple, which is the largest in Thailand, with more than one million devotees and a large community of resident monks and novices. At the time of the original donations, there was no evidence of wrongdoing. Supachai also donated to other temples, schools, universities, public charities and government sectors.

Inaccurate reports have appeared in the media suggesting that the Wat Phra Dhammakaya supports the Pheu Thai Party. While the temple has many devotees from different ages, genders,regions, occupations and political views, its primary focus is strictly teaching the Dhamma of Lord Buddha, and it has no intention to be involved in politics. Interestingly, no other group that knowingly or unknowingly benefitted from the embezzled funds has to date been charged, suggesting that Phra Dhammajayo is being singled out by the DSI.

The 72-year-old Phra Dhammajayo, who has faithfully devoted himself to the propagation of Buddhism and Dhammakaya Meditation for 47 years, helping to attract millions of devotees in Thailand, in 80 branches and 33 countries around the world, now suffers from several illnesses, including deep vein thrombosis and a chronic leg ulcer, which was confirmed by a panel of independent doctors. The DSI has chosen to ignore the health of the Abbot, and has made no attempt to verify his condition.

An April attempt to arrest Dhammajayo was rejected by the Criminal Court of Thailand, yet the DSI have announced that they will issue another summons for the Abbot May 16. With clear evidence that he had no knowledge of the source of the unsolicited donations from Supachai before any criminal act was revealed, and the subsequent raising of funds to assist the victims of the Klongchan scandal, the question must be asked why the DSI remains so committed to discrediting Wat Phra Dhammakaya and the Buddhist establishment in Thailand.

Phra Dhammajayo lives a life of great simplicity and purity, having contributed billions of baht to public charities, including financial aid to 30,000 teachers in Southern Thailand. His temple provides requisites and food for the mass-ordinations of more than 10,000 monks, twice-yearly in towns and villages throughout Thailand, and offers relief for the victims of 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.

Freedom Watch International is calling for an immediate halt to the arrest order for Phra Dhammajayo and no further criminal prosecution. To urge the U.S. State Department to intervene on his behalf, supporters can sign a petition on change.org.

Aimee LuongoFreedom Watch International Pleas for Justice for Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya

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  • Wanida Suriyakulpanich - May 11, 2016 reply

    Venerable Dhammachayo creates many good things and teachs people to be good for our world for over 40 years.

  • Anuch Pattanakul - May 11, 2016 reply

    We love LP Dhammachayo.

  • Janpen Chawong - May 11, 2016 reply

    Please lease politics out of Buddhism.

  • Prapatsorn Tocharoen - May 11, 2016 reply

    I love LP Dhammachayo.He loves to teach people how to meditate and get the good experience from meditation.

  • Patty Pun - May 11, 2016 reply

    Phrathepyarnmahamuni /LP Dhammachayo is the great person who devoted his life for changing the world to be PEACE by introducing inner peace to people. Please find JUSTICE for Him.

  • Kamonporn Muzio - May 13, 2016 reply

    The teaching of Phrathepyarnmahamuni (base on the teaching/Dhamma of the Lord Buddha) changed my life to be a better a person, from the dark side to the bright side. I did not just listen to his teaching and believe on spot. But I listen well, analyse well, filter it well, then practice with myself and my family until I see positive result then I believe with highest respect. He does NOT deserve to be accused from something that a group of negative people try to set him up. For the sake of World Peace, please give him JUSTICE… Thank you.

  • Naret - May 13, 2016 reply

    We love Luang phor Dhammachayo

  • Chongrak Shuakaew - May 13, 2016 reply

    Phra Dhammachayo is a really pure monk. His mercy never stops to all, even to those who always make absive accuse for him thru mal-medias.

  • Phra Khru Visudvirijakhun - May 13, 2016 reply

    Luang Por Dhammajayo is not dangarous Of Thailand. We Love HIM Forever

  • Nth - May 14, 2016 reply

    LPor is the purest of the Pure .have you ever wonder how can one man — one mink can capture million hearts of different faith, different soc8al status to become one of his children , over million people love him , respect him because 9f his love ,his devotion to all Beings to attain true happiness and to reach invariably , he is really the Supreme Being .

  • Jane Grace Welfar - May 16, 2016 reply

    My heart is with Luang Phor Dhammajayo at this time and every time. He is pure minded and is a compassionate and loving Monk. We love you and we are all meditating for justice and peace for you and us all.

  • Richie Kasinpila - May 17, 2016 reply

    The Department of special investigation unfairly alleged the Abbot of WatPhraDhammakaya of money laundering ,which is not true. When people donate money to the temple the Abbot is innocent of where the money come from.

  • Thanayos Ukrisna - June 19, 2016 reply

    Luang phor Dhammajayo is innocent .We love luang phor,he has done so many good things to support Buddism in Thailand and the world. He has been accused wrongl and unjustly by the department of special investigation . Please give him Justice.

  • Natthicha Akkaravarawong - June 19, 2016 reply

    We love Ven. Dhammajayo he is Very Grent Monk, Very Nice person, he teach we to be Good person in the World !!!

  • pachanee suwannasri - June 19, 2016 reply

    LP Dhammachayo is the great person who devoted his life for changing the world to be PEACE by introducing inner peace to people. Please find JUSTICE for Him. Thank you very much. If you help him as you help all people in the world’

  • Creative - June 19, 2016 reply

    It will be better, fairer to not accuse Phra Dhammachayo.
    People are helping Phra Dhammachayo to pay off that donation – 700 millions baht.
    DSI shouldn’t harass him any more….. Stop accusing him!

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