Photos of Wat Thammakai - January 3, 2004
Nils reports: This might be of interest: I took these photos of Wat Thammakai in Pathum Thani when living there for a short time... (near Nawanakhon - the pics were taken looking the southeast... ). You once mentioned the strange Dhammakaya/Thammakai cult on your site. I have been there once and it was really quite strange - the giant assembly hall and the spaceship-like structure. (BTW: I wonder if no pilot ever complained about the bright light - it's exactly in the path of landing planes, 15 km north of Don Muang!)...
Earlier: More on Dhammakaya - August 4, 2002
We've had lots of email about the Slate article on the odd Thai cult of Dhammakaya. Terry King alerts us to the weird claims the cult makes about the bombing of Bangkok during WWII: At that time the inhabitants of the neighbourhood gazed up at the skies and were surprised to see large numbers of nuns from Wat Paknam floating in the air, intercepting the bombs dropped by the bombers and patting them with their bare hands to fall harmlessly in the water or uninhabited areas of forest. It is also claimed that the Allies were going to test the first Atomic bomb by dropping it on Bangkok and that meditation by holy men prevented this.
Making fun of Dhammakaya - July 31, 2002
Another example of how things Thai are reported overseas: a slate.com writer visits the Dhammakaya temple: What if today is ritual mass suicide day?