From Manager, February 22, 2015
A sign on the temple: Sangha Supreme Council
[Refers to the Sangha Supreme Council (SSC)’s decision on the case of Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya. The cartoon illustrates that Wat Phra Dhammakaya has the influence over the SSC. The giant UFO refers to a design of Wat Phra Dhammakay’s central shrine. Naja is a particle used at the end of clause. This particle is frequently used by Phra Dhammachayo.]
From Manager, February 26, 2015
Left: A letter from the Supreme Patriarch
Right: A letter from Dhammachayo
Caption: For some monks, the letter on the right is more powerful.
[The cartoon implies that Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, wields influence through money rather than scholarly edicts.]
From Arun, February 27, 2015
[This cartoon seems to compare rats building their nest inside a statue of the Buddha with the case of Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, who is accused of reaping benefits from Buddhism.]
From Manager, February 23, 2015
Left: Thaksin: Don’t worry, the ECT belongs to us.
Caption: A follower used to say like this. [meaning Thaksin is a follower of Wat Phra Dhammakaya which had steadfastly supported him]
Right: Phra Dhammachayo: Don’t worry, the SSC belongs to us… naja.
Caption: Today, the master may say the same.
[Refers to the Sangha Supreme Council (SSC)’s decision on the case of Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya. He was accused on violating the monk’s code and being involved with irregular financial transactions. Naja is a particle used at the end of clause. This particle is frequently used by Phra Dhammachayo. The ECT stands for the Election Commission of Thailand. During Thaksin’s time as PM, the ECT, supposedly an independent organization, was subjected to intense pressure from Thaksin and his political proxies and fell completely under his control.]
From Manager, February 24, 2015
Left: Red Shirt leader Nattawut: Tu, we should have become a monk. [Tu is the nickname of Red Shirt leader Jatuporn]
On the wall: A water pipe from Dubai [meaning the flow of money to Red Shirt leaders from Thaksin]
Caption: While this water pipe is drying… [it has been rumored that Thaksin is not longer able (or perhaps willing) to continue to dole our hundred of millions of baht to Red Shirt leaders to keep them under his control]
Right: On the wall: Water pipe from Dhammakaya
Caption: Another water pipe is full of water.
[The cartoon uses the Thai idiom that compares a water pipe to a source of funds. While the funds to support the Red Shirts from Thaksin has declined, the funds from Wat Phra Dhammakaya to support the temple’s activities is increasing due to the huge donations and irregular financial transactions.]
From Thairath, February 24, 2015
Title: Food offered by the enlightened monk
Phi Nooring: A monk who has the military as his security guard
Mouse: Stay above the martial law
[Refers to Buddha Isara who has close ties with the junta government and participated in protests to unseat the Yingluck government last year. He offered expired (and thus, substandard) food to the Shangha Supreme Council (SSC) in order to protest the SSC’s decision on the case of Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, concerning violating the monk’s code and money matters. The cartoonist criticizes this military-aligned monk and his protest against Dhammakaya.]
From Manager, February 26, 2015
Top left: Phra Dhammachayo: Ok… Deal naja!
Man: Wow!… The master shows his supernatural power again.
Top right: Last time you had an out-of-body experience you talked with Steve Jobs. Who did you talk with this time?
Left: Phra Dhammachayo: Nen Kham
A man: Nen Kham… Why? [Nen Kham is a former famous monk defrocked due to the sexual misconduct who fled abroad.]
Right: I asked him to provide me with a place to escape when I have to fly my mothership and leave the country.
[Refers to Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, accused of violating the monk’s code and being involved with shady donations. The sect he leads has often made weird claims such as a recent one where the monk claimed that he has a supernatural out-of-body experience and spoke with Apple founder Steve Jobs. The mothership refers to the UFO-like-design of Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s central shrine. Naja is a particle used at the end of a clause. This particle is frequently used by Phra Dhammachayo.]