WAT PHRA DHAMMAKAYA : The Message of Peace
Wat Phra Dhammakaya, which is situated in Patumtani Province, Thailand, is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world. It was founded February 20, 1970 under the leadership of the Abbot, the Most Venerable Dhammajayo Bhikku and the Vice-Abbot, the Most Venerable Dattajivo Bhikku. In that same year the
Dhammakaya Foundation was also established.
Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s Vision and Mission: To create world peace through personal peace which is attainable by the Middle Way Meditation or Vijja Dhammakaya.
For more than four decades, Wat Phra Dhammakaya and the Dhammakaya Foundation have initiated and sponsored many worthwhile programs to encourage people of every race, creed, age and level of education to study and practice the Lord Buddha’s Teachings especially Vijja Dhammakaya which is the source of true peace, happiness and success.
Some of these programs include morality training through the Path of Progress Quiz, World Peace Ethics Contest, and V-Stars, mass ordination, No-tobacco, No-alcohol initiatives, etc. Most importantly, on May 9, 2002, the Dhammakaya Foundation launched the Dhamma Media Channel (DMC) broadcasted via satellite in order to make the Lord Buddha’s Teachings available to people all over the world.
Ven. Dhammajayo Bhikku teaches a very special programme called the Inner Dreams Kindergarten from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
The audience of the program is between one year old and over 100 years old. The program includes the Lord Buddha’s Previous Lives, poignant Dhamma lessons, meditation lessons, lessons on the Law of Karma which are presented in the format of a case study based on real life stories which have
been submitted by students of the program from all over the world.
Over the years, Wat Phra Dhammakaya and the Dhammakaya Foundation have provided aid packages to victims of natural disasters and monthly aid to the monks in the three southern provinces troubled by violent acts of terrorism.
Most recently Ven. Dhammajayo Bhikku has initiated an exceptional merit-making activity to encourage people of every province in Thailand to offer packaged foods to 500,000 monks all over Thailand. Much of the donated foods have subsequently been sent to help the monks, residents, teachers, policemen, and soldiers in the three troubled southern provinces.
Wat Phra Dhammakaya is getting ready to be the world’s largest meditation centre where Buddhist monks, Buddhists, and visitors from all over the world can come to practice meditation together and every construction project in the temple has been geared toward the realization of this lofty goal.
The Great Dhammakaya Cetiya, which represents the Triple Gem (The Lord Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha), houses altogether one million Dhammakaya Images.
It was built to last at least 1,000 years. The Grand Meditation Stadium as well as the area surrounding the Cetiya can accommodate one million monks that will assemble there in the very near future to practice Vijja Dhammakaya and research the Lord Buddha’s Teachings together.
The Master Nun Chand Refectory can accommodate 6,000 monks and is the place where lay devotees can come and accumulate merit by offering food to more than 1,200 resident monks and novice monks daily.
The Universal Dhammakaya Assembly Hall is the place where 300,000 monks and lay devotees can come together to attend sacred ceremonies and practice meditation together.
Every construction project and every initiative of the temple has been made possible through the generous support of the lay devotees who have firm faith in Ven.
Dhammajayo Bhikku’s vision and mission. The continuing success of Wat Phra Dhammakaya as a result of the following four factors.
1) Shared Ideal: This is based on Ven. Dhammajayo Bhikku’s aspiration to build true monks and decent people through the study and practice of the Lord Buddha’s Teachings especially Vijja Dhammakaya.
2) Hard Work: Every member of the Dhammakaya Community works 7 days a week to propagate Buddhism and Vijja Dhammakaya for the benefits of the people worldwide.
3) Being open to new ideas