Foreign Policy is one of my favorite online magazines.
Check out this photo essay on a 1,000,000 member cult in Thailand. 23 photos total.
Totally awesome photos, and a great story to go along with it in the captions.
Of particular interesting may be the counterpoint to the discussion at OBC Connect provided by the caption to Photo #20.
"Despite outlandish ceremonies and its own television coverage of these events, Dhammakaya has remained mainly under the world's radar. Yet, in Thailand, opinion is loud and extreme -- people either adore Dhammakaya or are caustically critical of what is widely feared to be a cult. Mano Mettanando Laohavanich, a renowned Buddhist scholar who was once among the top Dhammakaya leaders, heading its entire American operations, has become a rabid critic since leaving the temple. He called Dhammakaya's rapid growth and mass ceremonies "power trips" inspired by the head abbot's fascination with the Muslim hajj gatherings and Nazi parades."