Updated: Why yellow shirts hate Wat Dhammakaya

15 12 2016

PPT is not following the current wrangle all that closely. It seems that the main thing to note is that yellow shirts are gunning for this Wat because they associate it with Thaksin Shinawatra. Rabid royalists are busy circulating photos that claim to show Wat supporters previously wearing red shirts. We may assume that the military dictatorship has the same views. We might also wonder if there is a plan to grab the Wat’s huge wealth.

Here’s a selection of articles that make the supposed links between Thaksin and the Wat:

Thai Prosecutors to Charge Wat Dhammakaya Abbot Phra …

Chiang Rai Times23 Nov. 2016

The Dhammakaya temple has repeatedly insisted on its abbot’s innocence … the sect’s legal problems result from its association with Thaksin.

Thai military government leader urges powerful monk Phra …

Channel NewsAsia30 Nov. 2016
… for a ceremony at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani … and being close to ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted …

Thousands gather at Thailand’s Dhammakaya temple as police try to …

ABC Online16 Jun. 2016
Thousands gather at Thailand’s Dhammakaya temple as police try to arrest abbot … Phra Dhammachayo, the 72-year-old abbot of Wat Dhammakaya, … of being close to ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a …
Devotees Shield 72 Year-Old Abbot Phra Dhammachayo from Thai …
InternationalChiang Rai Times16 Jun. 2016

Thailand: Buddhist Feud Threatens Fragile Peace

STRATFOR7 Mar. 2016
But the Dhammakaya embodies the latent power that Thaksin and … for lavish ceremonies at its otherworldly Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple …

Yellow & Red Seen in Orange Folds of Dhammakaya Scandal

Khaosod English12 Jun. 2016
Excavators block entrance to Wat Dhammakaya on May 27. … Thaksin opponents, such as Buddhist scholar Sulak Sivaraksa, are also …

Buddhist sects’ feuding could grow into proxy war of Thai political …

The Manila Times8 Mar. 2016
But the Dhammakaya embodies the latent power that Thaksin and … for lavish ceremonies at its otherworldly Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple …

A peek into Thailand’s controversial temple Wat Dhammakaya

The Straits Times9 Mar. 2015

The premises of the Dhammakaya sect – the world’s fastest growing … Thaksin Shinawatra, the bête noir of the Thai royalist establishment, …

Update: An interesting story in the Bangkok Post has the junta shutting down a yellow shirt radio station for being “divisive.” Run by Therdsak Jiamkijwattana alias Tong Wihok, in Chiang Mai, he is also accused of having “dissemminated video clips on YouTube, Facebook and other social media. These video clips, produced and hosted by Mr Therdsak, contained images and stories attacking former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple with intent to spur division.” Interestingly, he is also accused of posting video clips “claimed to be ‘inside’ stories of the royal institution.”


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15 12 2016
Why yellow shirts hate Wat Dhammakaya – Thai People for Republic

[…] Source: Why yellow shirts hate Wat Dhammakaya […]

29 12 2016
Major Changes to Thai Buddhist Sangha Organization | Imagining The Real World

[…] In some ways, the answer is obviously yes, it is a proxy war. The conflicts between the Red and Yellow factions has taken the field of monastic administration. A allegedly corrupt, wealthy monk associated with a new religious movement and many Bangkok elites, was about to take the position of Supreme Patriarch. The major complaint however, seems to be that the abbot of Wat Dhammakaya Temple, with which Somdet Chuang is supposed to be closely affiliated, is supposed by many Yellow Shirts to be a haven of pro-Thaksin traitors to the nation. […]

31 12 2016
More on Buddhist politics | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] As we stated in an earlier post, PPT is not following the grand wrangle over Buddhism all that closely. We did note that yellow shirts and the military junta hate Wat Dhammakaya because they associate it with Thaksin Shinawatra. And, we noted the Wat’s huge wealth. That wealth may be both a reason for criticism and a cause for some greed. […]

31 12 2016
More on Buddhist politics | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] As we stated in an earlier post, PPT is not following the grand wrangle over Buddhism all that closely. We did note that yellow shirts and the military junta hate Wat Dhammakaya because they associate it with Thaksin Shinawatra. And, we noted the Wat’s huge wealth. That wealth may be both a reason for criticism and a cause for some greed. […]

13 02 2017
Buddhism, the palace and propaganda | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] impact on politics and palace criteria. For earlier posts on this very public political battle, see here and […]

13 02 2017
Buddhism, the palace and propaganda | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] impact on politics and palace criteria. For earlier posts on this very public political battle, see here and […]

24 02 2017
The Buddhism stand-off | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] on why this case and is apparently so central for the junta and the broad yellow shirt movement (here, here, here and […]

24 02 2017
The Buddhism stand-off | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] on why this case and is apparently so central for the junta and the broad yellow shirt movement (here, here, here and […]

6 03 2017
The perplexing case of Wat Dhammakaya - New Mandala

[…] There are some other factors in this complex mix: Thailand’s reactionary (pro-amaat) mainstream media were and remain quick to make a connection to Thaksin, groundlessly and mischievously alluding to Dhammakaya as a bastion of the former pro-Thaksin politicians — mainly through a couple of people who were known to have frequented the temple on more than one occasion, such as the former Minister of Public Health, Sudarat Keyuraphan (also see here). […]