Dhammakaya abbot scandal

STARTING DATE: 24 Feb 2015

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TOTAL UPDATE: 422 STORIES

Scandals involving Phra Dhammajayo of Wat Phra Dhammakaya

Dhammakaya abbot scandal
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30 Nov 2018

Temple in the bullseye

The Attorney-General's Office charges money-laundering of billions of baht should lead to termination of the Wat Phra Dhammakaya Foundation - and the temple.

30 Nov 2018 40
Temple in the bullseye
29 Nov 2018

Net widens

Authorities will charge Wat Phra Dhammakaya foundations and monks with money laundering to reclaim billions for victims of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative.

29 Nov 2018 12
Net widens
19 Oct 2018

Net spreads

Chairwoman of the Wat Phra Dhammakaya foundation charged with laundering money stolen from the Klongchan Credit Union by the co-operative's former chairman.

19 Oct 2018 16
Net spreads
29 Jun 2018

Ex-senior monks' B135m, Dhammakaya's building frozen

The Anti-Money Laundering Office has frozen about 135 million baht seized from defrocked senior monks suspected of temple fund embezzlement and a 1.46-billion-baht building at Wat Phra Dhammakaya.

29 Jun 2018 18
Ex-senior monks' B135m, Dhammakaya's building frozen
21 Jan 2018

Up in alms

Scandal-hit Dhammakaya temple takes its controversial message to Mandalay in Myanmar, where it helps stage a mass alms-giving event on an abandoned runway.

21 Jan 2018 7
Up in alms
4 Sep 2017

Ong-art to hear indictment decision Sept 27

Prosecutors said on Monday they would decide later this month whether to indict a key disciple of Wat Phra Dhammakaya accused of instigating public disorder during the authorities' futile attempts to arrest former abbot Phra Dhammajayo last year.

4 Sep 2017 5
Ong-art to hear indictment decision Sept 27
3 Sep 2017

Bow to pressure

Phra Buddha Isara has claimed that some senior members with ties to Wat Phra Dhammakaya are lobbying for a DSI official to become the new National Office of Buddhism chief.

3 Sep 2017 17
Bow to pressure
3 Aug 2017

DSI probes former abbot escape report

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is verifying an unconfirmed report that fugitive monk Phra Dhammajayo was helped by a group of his disciples to sneak out of Thailand to a European country.

3 Aug 2017 17
DSI probes former abbot escape report
15 Jun 2017

Monk demands apology

The monk who almost became Supreme Patriarch demands a formal apology from the DSI over last year's allegation of involvement in a car-tax avoidance scandal.

15 Jun 2017 19
Monk demands apology
9 Jun 2017

Title deed fraud

Illegal title deed issued for mountaintop mansions thought to harbour Dhammajayo; photos show "orchard" was actually pristine forest.

9 Jun 2017 15
Title deed fraud