Thailand | Wat Phra Dhammakaya

Wat Phra Dhammakaya or the Dhammakaya Temple was established on 20th February 1970 by the Most Venerable Phrarajbhavanavisudh (Luang Por Dhammajayo), Master Nun Chand Khonnokyoong and their disciples. With an initial fund of just 3,200 baht(approximately US$100), they invested selfless and immeasurable effort to transform 78 acres of rice paddies into a beautiful temple.

The idea of Wat Phar Dhammakaya originates from the great determination of the Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), the late abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen and the discoverer of Dhammakaya meditation. He aimed to propagate Dhammakaya meditation worldwide in order to prolong the Lord Buddha?s teachings and promote true peace on earth.

Wat Phar Dhammakaya was built according to the four factors that contribute to the cultivation and development of virtues that were taught by Lord Buddha. These include:{1}pleasant location {2}pleasant food {3}pleasant people and {4}pleasant Dhamma,with the concepts building a true temple, training true monks, and promoting people to be truly virtues.

After the temple was established, more and more people came to learn Dhamma and practice meditation. Thus, it was necessary to acquire and develop additional plots of land and to extend the infrastructure to serve the congregation. The temples development has been made possible by donation from the layout. Every building at Wat Phar Dhammakaya was designed to be simple, strong and non-luxurious while saving costs of construction and maintenance in order to maximize the benefits of usage in promoting peace and harmony to humankind.