My personal experience with the temple is a great one. As an American, I am still able to visit many summers and join its ordination program, which allows people to train as laymen and experience the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk. These summer ordination programs have honestly been some of the most enriching, educational learning experiences in my life. Through the years, I have learned discipline, meditation, and a mental control that I never would have had before.
Luang Por Dhammajayo, the abbot of the Dhammakaya temple, is one of the most compassionate men I have met. Constantly working on the improvement of the temple, Luang Por Dhammajayo has implemented various programs that have helped many around the world. His V-Star program took 100 children around Thailand and taught them meditation skills while emphasizing the importance of school and education. Such a large scale program with such positive goals is rare and is a true testament to how Luang Por Dhammajayo and the temple wish for peace throughout the world.