December 2015, NKT published a video titled "The Four Kadampa Deities."
The video begins by saying that this is incorrect to say, that the four are actually four Kadampa guru deities. (actually, this is false as well)
The four: Buddha Shakyamuni, Avalokiteshvara, Tara and Shugden. Absurd it is to elevate Shugden mythology to the importance of Buddha Shakyamuni and Bodhisattvas Avalokiteshvara and Tara.
Kadampa Buddhism's founders, Atisha and Tsongkhapa, NEVER mentioned Shugden in their prolific teachings. Neither did Buddha Shakyamuni. In fact, Shugden was invented after Shakyamuni, Atisha and Tsongkhapa died for political purposes against the Fifth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth (current) Dalai Lamas. (the Dalai Lamas have been considered emanations of Avalokiteshvara for 600 years) During the 1990s, Kelsang Gyatso invented a westernized version of Shugden as the core teaching of NKT and in 1996 instituted protest rallies against the Dalai Lama as a means to spread Shugdenism worldwide.
The use of the word 'deity' to apply to Buddhism is questionable.
Entymologically, The word "deity" derives from the Latin deus ("god"), which is related through a common Indo-European origin to Sanskrit deva ("god"), devi ("goddess"), divya ("transcendental", "spiritual"). The root is related to words for "sky", such as Latin dies ("day"), and the Sanskrit div, divus, diu ("sky", "day", "shine"). Also related are "divine" and "divinity," from the Latin "divinus," from "divus." Khoda (Persian) translates to God from Persian. In religious terms, divinity or godhead is the state of things that come from a supernatural power or deity, such as a god, supreme being, Creator-God or spirits, and are therefore regarded as sacred and holy. (from Wikipedia)
Buddha Shakyamuni who lived 2,500 years ago and Bodhisattvas Avalokiteshvara and Tara are neither gods nor divine. Certainly, they do not consider themselves as gods or divine.
The profound insights of Shakyamuni led to Buddhism.
Bodhisattvas are aspirational beings who are able to reach nirvana (enlightenment) but delay doing so out of compassion in order to relieve suffering and help others become enlightened themselves. From Tricycle magazine, "A bodhisattva is an ordinary person who takes up a course in his or her life that moves in the direction of buddha. You're a bodhisattva, I'm a bodhisattva; actually, anyone who directs their attention, their life, to practicing the way of life of a buddha is a bodhisattva."
We do not pray to Shakyamuni or Bodhisattvas. We pray with them.
In contrast, Shugdenites, most notably led by NKT, consider Shugden the supreme god. They spread hate around the world through protest rallies, manifestos, liturgies, threats and thousands of Internet attacks against Buddhists and Tibetan Buddhism. They have been linked by police in India to extreme violence. This web site received the following comment, and several other attacks. NKT calls this web site vile.
"YOu bunch of treacherous; sucking on your mothers 'tits . OoooooooH I feel so high reading your unsubstantiate reasonings with "hype" messages , "hype website", You bunch of low class, low intelligence pro -Dalai Lama " buddhists ", You can't even spell "independant". I bet you behave just like your guru Dalai Lama the Hollywood Monk who grab the tits of some female stars behind the scene. In front of the camera, he is so holy,,,,,hoooooly ,,,,,,,,, and that I bet the dharma protector would love to spank him as well as you tonite, may be you 'll run into a car accident and it 'll give you an opportunity to curse the Dharma protector, you like to blame and blame , and blame and whine and whine. Don't you ? You like mental S& M , don't you, or you choose to play physical s& m with your guru His Holinessssssss............ Your Kind of " buddhism" is to dictate people to act accordingly to your whims,& manipulations. Nothing else. Low quality, no -substance teachings. Perhaps I should teach you on Madhyamika - prasangika, I bet your understanding of "the 50 versus of guru Devotion" is to suck on your lama's tits. Who are u to challenge Trijang Rinpoche's disciple, based on your Dalai Lama 's official letter? How official is that "official" ? 'love and compassion" is a front stage show for you to show off your self grandiose delusions. Dictate on people on how they should spend their money on charities ? YOu can't even control your own life, your own finances. Your practices sucks. You don't even have the balls to divulge your registrant on this nktworld.org domain name.
Do you have the nerves to post my message on your website ????? I Love you........so much. "