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PLEASE WATCH WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW AT WAT PHRA DHAMMAKAYA!!! Invasion in progress

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PLEASE WATCH WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW AT WAT PHRA DHAMMAKAYA!!! Invasion in progress

Post from the Executive Director of the Thai Alliance for Human Rights

Ann Norman blogging

So Prayut is seriously going to go to war with a gigantic temple of laypeople vowing to give up their lives for their abbot – so they can charge him with embezzlement? Of money that has already been returned? Why doesn’t the abbot just give himself up? Good question at this point, but a missing piece of the puzzle is that according to Thai law you can’t jail a monk without first defrocking him. So even if they decide to hold him until trial, he will be defrocked. This explains the big tug of war over whether he could be charged inside the temple. He was sure if he came out of the temple, he would be defrocked and he is reportedly very sick and wanted to die as a monk. So the followers view the charges and the current invasion as a way to harass and discredit their temple without even having to prove any wrongdoing and then they assume the government will probably steal their assets. This is why they are saying they are willing to die as human shields.

The government’s action is way out of proportion to the problem. It is reckless. As we already mentioned, according to pictures on social media, one girl was already accidentally run over by a military truck in this operation. Prayut by invoking Article 44 and invading a gigantic temple of devoted laypeople is risking catastrophe.

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  • พิมพ์พิชชา สุนทรศุภพิศาล - February 21, 2017 reply

    หลวงพ่อของเราชวนลูกๆสร้างวัดพระธรรมกายให้เป็นสมบัติของมวลมนุษย์ชาติทั่วโลกเพื่อให้ชาวโลกได้มีโอกาสในการศึกษาสันติสุขภายในจากการแฎิบัติธรรมขององค์พระสัมมาสัมพุทธเจ้าซึ่งเป็นความรู้อันแท้จริงของมนุษย์ทุกคนว่าในตัวของมนุษย์ทุกคนมีพลังที่บริสุทธิ์อย่างยิ่งใหญ่ที่สามารถสร้างสันติสุขให้กับตนเองและให้ชาวโลกได้หนื่งในวิชชาขององค์พระสัมมาสัมพุทธเจ้าที่เรียกว่า”วิชาธรรมกาย”

    พิมพ์พิชชา สุนทรศุภพิศาล - February 21, 2017 reply

    เราเชื่อมั่นในความบริสุทธิ์ของหลวงพ่อแต่เราไม่เชื่อในความยุติธรรมของรัฐบาล

  • John Spence - February 22, 2017 reply

    I am a Westerner who is familiar with The Dammakaya Temple in Bangkok. This temple has taught world peace through meditation for over 47 years. The wealth that they have accumulated through donations, has largely been used to help many people around the world during natural disasters.

    I have ordained as a monk two times with this temple. The last time I ordained in Thailand. I was taught that monks do not own anything except the most basic necessities for life. I experienced this life for myself, and witnessed the other monks in the temple including the Abbott, living according to this rule. The charges of money laundering against the Abbott Luang Por Dhammajayo have been dismissed by the courts three times, if I my information is correct. The charges have been dismissed for good reason, there is absolutely no evidence as to substantiate these claims. The Abbott lives his life like all other monks in temple. He has no worldly goods, and does not handle money.

    The reason behind these charges are twofold:
    1. The military wishes to end Buddhism in Thailand. Dammakaya Temple is the largest temple in Thailand and followed around the world. Many Buddhist temples have been destroyed since the military took over. Remaining Buddhist temples are taxed heavily by the new government. This may be in part because the military leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his wife are Muslim. Islam has not been able to make big gains in Thailand. The belief in Thailand is that the general is paid an enormous salary with funding from Saudi Arabia and by confiscation of Thailand’s resources. Loyal soldiers also recieve large compensation. This belief was confirmed to me by a journalist from Thailand that I met in the United States, but for obvious reasons wishes to to keep his name confidential.

    2. Power, land and money. Sponsored protests and violence, much as we see today in America, was the military’s reason for ousting the very popular Thaksin Shinawatra and later his daughter Yingluck Shinawatra. The military claimed that civil war was about to break out because of corruption at the highest level of government. In each case accusations of diversion of funds were used to justify their moves. The only evidence offered to support the charges seems to be from the military itself.

    Since the military took over the government, the economy of Thailand has declined drastically. Human right abuses, although rampant, are not discussed because of the threat of imprisonment and death. All social media and telephone conversations are monitored. Many people arrested for crimes of speech and text are not heard from again.

    The military has shut down the temple and begun a manhunt for the critically ill abbot of the temple. In their haste to seize the abbot of the temple and the wealth inside, the military crushed a small child under the huge wheels of it’s military vehicle. This was apparently of no concern, as they rushed into the temple, brutalizing women and peaceful monks.

    It should be noted however, that many of the soldiers are unwilling participants in these brutal actions. Any soldier who does not comply with orders, risks arrest and execution.

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