I just read this biography of the founder of Dhammakaya which is interesting (note that he shows respect to his teacher -- a nun):
Dhammachai Day – Victory Announcement Day
Back in 35 years ago, on August 27th, 1969 at the main chapel in Pak Nam Bhasi Charoen Temple, a guy determined to be ordained as a monk. He sacrifices his life to Buddhism because of his high aspiration. He intentionally makes merit and pursues the perfections concerning the Great Man’s body because he knows that the qualities and properties of the Great Man’s body are best and suitable for the highest goal – the Utmost Dhamma.
That day was the Most Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh’s ordination day, the monk who is like the sun of peace or the sun of Dhamma shining Dhamma light to the world.
The Most Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh (Luang Phaw Dhammajayo)
The Most Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh’s highest aspiration
“Oh!...the celestial beings at the Black Cliff, I who wears the saffron robes, the victory flag of Arahants, have stuck the war flag and announce here that I will fight the enemies (defilements, mara) by Dhamma. On the sacred peak where the great celestial beings reside, I can tell you from my heart that I will sacrifice my life for Buddhism and pursue the perfections again and again to free me and all beings from the sufferings. Even if there is still one being not going to the Nirvana, I will not stop fighting, still live like this and keep helping the beings. I would be the last one to go to the Nirvana.”
When he was a freshman, he went to Pak Nam Temple again and studied meditation with other teaching monks. He knew later that Mother Lookchand and the Master Nun Chand was the same person. So, he found the person who could make his dream become true. He loved and respected to his teacher very much and always called her “Khun Yai”, means grandmother in Thai, which sounded more familiar than “Teacher.”
When the time passed by, He meditated better and better and became expert in meditation. He could do as good as he wanted and also knew and saw Dhamma by the Lord Buddha’s way. He also knew that only the Right Meditation could help all beings from the sufferings and dangers in the cycle of reincarnation and brought the beings to meet the everlasting happiness, the Nirvana. He asked the permission from the Master Nun to be ordained for more Dhamma studying and the nun granted the permission after he graduated from the university. On the Master Nun Chan’s Birthday Anniversary in 1968, he paid back her kindness by taking oath to be a celibatarian for whole life which was the precious gift for her. After he had ordained for a while, he said about the ideology of monastic ordination that being a monk was not easy, only wearing the saffron robes did not mean the wearer was a good monk. The good monk had to do the monastic daily routines and keep the 227 monastic precepts well. Each monk’s ordination would bring more merit to him if he could support the religion, not only rely on the religion
Translated by Chadawee Chaipooripat
(from a Dhammakaya website)
Kiṃkusalagavesī anuttaraṃ santivarapadaṃ pariyesamāno... (MN 26)
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