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Close Encounters of the Buddhist Kind (Huge world-wide cult)
Foreign Policy ^ | Jan 20, 2011 | RON GLUCKMAN, PHOTOS BY LUKE DUGGLEBY

Posted on 01/31/2011 2:26:23 AM PST by Islander7

Picture this: millions of followers gathering around a central shrine that looks like a giant UFO in elaborately choreographed Nuremberg-style rallies; missionary outposts in 31 countries from Germany to the Democratic Republic of the Congo; an evangelist vision that seeks to promote a "world morality restoration project"; and a V-Star program that encourages hundreds of thousands of children to improve "positive moral behavior." Although the Bangkok-based Dhammakaya movement dons saffron robes, not brown shirts, its flamboyant ceremonies have become increasingly bold displays of power for this cult-like Buddhist group that was founded in the 1970s, ironically, as a reform movement opposed to the excesses of organized religion in Thailand.

Yet, despite the pageantry, the inner workings of this fast-growing movement are little known to Thailand's general public, and certainly to the rest of the world, though its teachings loom large among the legions of devotees. The veil of secrecy parted briefly in late 1999, when two top Dhammakaya leaders were charged with embezzlement in what many considered a political ploy to suppress the temple's growing power. The charges were dismissed in 2006 after the former abbot and a colleague returned some land and nearly 1 billion baht ($32 million) to temple control.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: buddhist; cult; religion; ufo
Pictorial essay of a fast growing cult with a world-wide reach.
1 posted on 01/31/2011 2:26:24 AM PST by Islander7
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To: Islander7

Thulsa Doom.

2 posted on 01/31/2011 4:12:00 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: spetznaz; Islander7
Amateurs think tactics
Professionals think logistics.

I want the candle and t-shirt concession at these events.
3 posted on 01/31/2011 4:32:21 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Islander7; Quix

‘The Day the Earth Sat Still’

4 posted on 01/31/2011 4:35:20 AM PST by mitch5501 (fine!)
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To: Islander7

Satan has a religion for any and every one of us. He’ll even custom make one for you!

There are millions of ways to make a crooked stick, but only One Way to make a straight one.

5 posted on 01/31/2011 5:33:17 AM PST by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: mitch5501



6 posted on 01/31/2011 6:13:31 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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