Wat Phra Dhammakaya
Wat Phra Dhammakaya was built according to the four factors that contribute to the cultivation and development of virtues, that were taught by the Lord Buddha. These includes:
- Pleasant location
- Pleasant food
- Pleasant people
- Pleasant Dhamma
With the concept "building a true temple, training true monks and promoting people to be truly virtuous."
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 temple's development has been made possible by donation from laypeople. Every building at Wat Phra 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.
The Dhammakaya Chapel was designed in contemporary Thai style. It has been used to organize ordination ceremonies for Thai as well as international Buddhists. The monastic community perform ceremonies as regulated by the Lord Buddha.
The dome-shaped stupa symbolizes the Triple Gems (Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha) and is similar to some ancient stupas in India such as Sanji Cetiya. The Maha Dhammakaya Cetiya has been designed to last at least 1,000 years. Externally, it is fabricated with 300,000 Dhammakaya Buddha statues. Inside the Cetiya dome, there are additional 700,000 Dhammakaya Buddha statues. The open area outside the Cetiya is referred to as "meditation square", the sacred ground for Buddhist ceremonies and meditation practice.
￼In the center of this shrine, there is a solid gold statue of the Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni. Entrance to the hall is only permitted for visitors dressed properly and completely in white clothes. The hall is open on Saturday from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.
The great Sapha (which means council in Thai) Dhammakaya Meditation Hall is a two-story multi-purpose building used for meditation practice and Sunday's monastic ceremony. It has the capacity to serve as many as 300,000 people.
The memorial hall is the place for disciples to pay homage to the late Master Nun Chandra. Inside the memorial hall there is a gold statue of the Master Nun and a miniature pagoda containing her relics. The memorial hall has a capacity of 300 people.
Named after the founder of the Dhammakaya Temple, the Dining Hall of Khun Yay can seat up to 6,000 monks. Everyday, lay people come to enjoy offering food and refreshments to more than 1,200 monks and novices who reside at this temple.
The Centennial building functions as the head quarter for both Wat Phra Dhammakaya and the Dhammakaya Foundation. The complex houses departmental offices, Dhamma schools, research centers, an auditorium and an educational institute.
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