US professor recounts uneasy meeting with Dhammakaya heads

Stephen B Young says temple's teachings totally different to those found in traditional Buddhism

Temple followers: A Buddha statue in Wat Phra Dhammayaka.

Stephen B Young, an American professor who discovered the Ban Chiang archaeological site in Udon Thani province's Nong Han district over 50 years ago, was in the news again this week when he revealed to Thai authorities his impression of Wat Phra Dhammakaya when he met its leaders in 2011.

"I thought it was unusual," Prof Young said, referring to Wat Phra Dhammakaya's teachings as told by the leaders of Wat Phra Dhammakaya whom he met during the two meetings in Thailand six years ago.

In 2015, Prof Young testified about what he had heard from the temple at the Department of Special Investigation, which has since been investigating allegations of fraud cases against the controversial temple.

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