Wat Dhammakaya - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Wat Dhammakaya


Thai cops search scandal-hit temple for wanted monk

Feb 16, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Phra Dhammachayo is accused of money laundering and accepting embezzled funds worth 1 2 billion baht 33 million from the jailed owner of a cooperative bank

Buddhist monks face the police in front of Wat Dhammakaya temple just north of Bangkok on February 16, 2017. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thousands gather at Thai temple as police fail to arrest abbot

Jun 16, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Devotees prevent authorities from arresting Phra Dhammachayo the temple s 72 year old abbot who faces allegations that he accepted embezzled funds

epa05368540 Thai devotees meditate at the Dhammakaya Temple in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, 16 June 2016. The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) entered into the temple on 16 June, with a search warrant to arrest and start negotiations with Dhammakaya Temple abbot Phra Dhammachayo after a court approval on 15 June. Phra Dhammachayo is ordered to meet with the DSI to acknowledge criminal charges allegedly involved with receiving and laundering stolen money after the monk's lawyer postponed meetings reportedly due to the abbot's health condition. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK