"I am writing this letter on behalf of the NKT Education Council regarding your forthcoming book "Where Happiness Is". In the preface of your book you indicate that you are a pure and qualified NKT Teacher. Clearly you are saying this publicly in order to fulfill your personal aim which is the opposite of Geshe-Ia's intention to flourish pure Kadam Dharma.
On the 21st July 2009 the Education Council removed you from the position of an NKT Resident Teacher. If you are a pure and qualified NKT Teacher then why did the Education Council remove you from your position? Without permission you cannot use Geshe-Ia's name, NKT's name or any of the NKT Dharma Centres in your book to show yourself as a qualified Buddhist writer. If you do this without permission from the NKT Education Council then the NKT will engage in legal action against you to seek compensation for the great damage in the future to the NKT's development both spiritually and materially. You should also know that you have a legal agreement with the NKT which you signed so you will have broken this agreement.
Because we are very worried that your actions will cause people confusion and to follow in a different direction and in this way NKT quickly will be destroyed. So to prevent these dangers the Members of the weekly meeting of the Education Council made the decision and are asking the Admin Directors of all the NKT Dharma Centres including in particular KMC New York City to cease the connection between the Centre and yourself Nick Gillespie. This ban will be effective on the 29th April 2012."
Suing followers is even in NKT's corporate rules...
"To prevent the development of confusion and disagreement among NKT students, no NKT-IKBU Teacher or Spiritual Director shall write books or other material that contain elements of traditions that differ from the New Kadampa Tradition or that in any way contradict NKT Dharma books.
Without permission you cannot use Geshe-la's name, NKT's name or any of the NKT Dharma Centres in your book to show yourself as a qualified Buddhist writer. If you do this without permission from the NKT Education Council then the NKT will engage in legal action against you to seek compensation for the great damage in the future to the NKT's development both spiritually and materially."
Nick Gillespie moved mountains for NKT and was admired greatly by his students. He paved the way for building NKT centers, made eloquent speeches to government agencies and was unsurpassed as an NKT advocate. Kelsang Gyatso granted Nick the title 'Kadam' to indicate his qualifications and significance inside NKT.
Until he wrote a book about how great NKT was.
Kelsang Gyatso, like a Roman Emperor at the Colosseum, gave Nick a thumbs down and cast him out.
This is what Kelsang Gyatso does to Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama and NKT survivors.
It is particularly remarkable that Kelsang Gyatso believes that Nick could quickly destroy NKT.
Nick Gillespie created Meditation Press to express his ideas about Buddhism and happiness. His book, Where Happiness Is ~ Meditation and Positive Thinking, is his first - or was before NKT's lawsuit threat - of many planned creations. Quoting from his web sites, although their content has been removed in response to NKT's threat...
Apr 8, 2012 by nick
Meditation Press has arisen out of an appreciation of the benefits of Kadampa Buddhism, which I have enjoyed practicing for 27 years, as well as a personal understanding of the importance of creativity in a fulfilling life.
Being creative is something we can all be. It’s not about how good we are in obtaining results – in fact, one of the famous Kadampa Buddhist sayings is “Abandon any hope for results.” But I believe that each one of us has a creative part inside us, and that connecting to that helps us experience a rewarding life. We can’t all be Picasso, Shakespeare, or Mozart, for example, but we can derive great joy from painting, writing, or creating music to the best of our ability.
For 25 years, from 1985-2009, every day I actively helped the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) grow and develop – for the first nine years as the Administrative Director for my Teacher Geshe Kelsang’s first center, Madhyamaka Centre, near York in England, and for the next 16 as a Resident Teacher in the UK & the US. From 1996 to 2009, I drove over one million miles in my service for the tradition.
When I first started, if 40 people came to one of Geshe Kelsang’s public teachings in York, we regarded it as an achievement. At that time, Geshe Kelsang didn’t speak fluent English, had founded only one center, and had published only two books. 27 years later, there are over 1,000 Kadampa (NKT) centers worldwide, Geshe Kelsang has written 22 books, and his books, centers, and three study programs are all well-established and protected within the tradition. Geshe Kelsang has now retired as General Spiritual Director, but his life’s work continues, and will flourish for many future generations to come.
As we say explicitly in this Meditation Press website, and as I say in Where Happiness Is, if you are inspired by this first book, which launches Meditation Press, and if you want to learn and study more about Kadampa Buddhism, you can visit www.kadampa.org to find your nearest NKT center and meditation class.
In this big world, there is plenty of room for the creative expression of the love of Buddhism. My hope is that all of us who love this spiritual tradition – which dates back to the founder of Kadampa Buddhism, Atisha (11th century AD), and before that to Buddha Shakyamuni (5th century BC) – can find ways to help it grow and be integrated into modern society.
In this spirit, I hope you enjoy this website, the first Meditation Press book, and all the other Meditation Press creative endeavors to come.
Manhattan New York
Nick Gillespie ~ managing director
Nick has been practicing Buddhist meditation for the past 27 years. From 1986 until 1994 he was the Administrative Director of Madhyamaka Centre, York, UK. From 1994 to 2009 he taught over 4,000 meditation classes in both England and the US, and set up six meditation centers in Florida. He grew up in South Africa and England, graduating from the University of York with a degree in English Literature. He now works in publishing in Manhattan, New York. He founded Meditation Press and has written the book Where Happiness Is ~ Meditation and Positive Thinking. He currently writes for the Meditation Press blog, and is working on other Meditation Press projects.
Lucy James ~ creative director
Lucy has been practicing Buddhist meditation for the past 31 years. From 1984 until early 2008 she worked as an editor and publication manager at Tharpa Publications, the publishing house that produces Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books; and during that time she also taught Buddhism extensively in the UK and the US. From 2008 to 2011 she engaged in meditation retreat. Lucy, the daughter of a British diplomat, grew up in seven different countries and has visited well over 40 (she lost count), graduating from the University of York with a degree in English Literature and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education. She currently writes Meditation Press’s associated blog Kadampa Life, and is working on other Meditation Press projects.
Julian Corvin ~ marketing and events director
Julian has been involved professionally with various types of creative expression since graduating from New College of Florida with a Major in Fine Art. This stint was followed by a decade of experience in graphic & web design, marketing & community outreach for a multi-national division of the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She met meditation, Nick and Lucy while in college in Sarasota and continued practicing at Parbawatiya Buddhist Center in Safety Harbor, teaching branch and kids’ classes along the way. Since moving to the NYC area, Julian has continued doing marketing & writing for Meditation Press, freelance projects, as well as focusing on her artistic endeavors. Amongst her many talents, Julian is a left-handed landscape painter and a beauty product connoisseur. She paints originals on commission and sells her prints online through Art.com. Julian is married and lives in New York with her wonderful husband France, two extraordinary cats, and a sensitive Tibetan spaniel. Julian is a millennial, a meme enthusiast and thinks Zach Galifianakis is a genius.
Jason Byrant ~ design and development lead
A practicing Buddhist for the last seven years, and doing a great job as Education Coordinator, Administrative Director, and web designer at various points for Drolma Center in Fort Lauderdale, Jason is also a world-travelled musician and Stanford graduate. A multi-faceted man, to say the least. From 2005-7 he played lead guitar, and toured the world with Damian Marley, including playing at the 2006 Glastonbury Festival in the UK and Red Rocks Colorado. In 2008 he completed a degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University in California. He now works as an extremely talented freelance web designer and developer, and will soon move from Florida to Santa Cruz, CA. Jason designs and develops the Meditation Press website.
Stefan Killen ~ book design
Stefan designed all the books for Tharpa Publications from 1986 to the mid-1990’s, starting at Madhyamaka Centre, where he met Nick and Lucy. Since then, he has been designing book covers successfully for a large number of clients worldwide, and has now also expanded to working with a wide variety of print and digital media. He designs the books and CDs for Meditation Press. Stefan is married, with a son, and lives and works in New York."
From another of Nick's web sites....
"Nick Gillespie is a long-standing student of the world-renowned Buddhist Master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He has studied and practiced Kadampa Buddhism since 1985 and taught meditation and Buddhism extensively in both England and the United States from 1994 to 2009. He grew up and graduated from the University of York with a degree in English Literature. He now works in Manhattan, New York, USA.
What Others Are Saying (by Julian Corvin)..... "Where Happiness Is was a great read that I didn't want to end. The stories in this book are unforgettable. This uniquely practical autobiographical book reflects a lifetime of spiritual practice, sense of humor, aesthetic sensibility & creativity. I took away useful advice for my daily life & for my meditation practice.""
More praise for the book....
“This is a wonderful book. I have learned a lot reading it. And also laughed! Where Happiness Is applies Buddhist solutions to real life problems we can all relate to in a clear, direct, and down-to-earth style. I love the how-to approach and meditations, which make these ancient teachings relevant to how we live today.” —Trudy Montgomery, Artist & Art Advisor
“I am sure a lot of people will benefit from this amazing wisdom, presented in such an interesting, easy-to-read form. I am very happy for all the future readers.” —Natalia Darialova, Founder of Darial TV, Russia
"Gillespie’s charm and wit come shining through the pages. He gives great examples of problems and then concrete solutions. He has found a lovely, light, non-confrontational way to explain the benefits of meditation.” —Nancy Bell, RN
“LOVE this beautiful book. It is really relatable, easy to understand, step-by-step, and well written. What an accomplishment!” —Robin Buxton, Producer & Painter
“I like the writing style of Where Happiness Is – it is easy and pleasant to read. Gillespie explains the essence of Buddhism without all the unpronounceable names and concepts a novice is not familiar with. He explains complex concepts in a clear and simple way. His examples of meditations are illustrated by his personal stories, which makes the book more accessible to the reader without sounding ‘preachy.’ I like his quotes from Peanuts to Woody Allen. His explanations of how to use thoughts during meditations seem well thought out and practical. I like the light-hearted approach. This is a thoughtful book without being too hard to understand. It is never boring.” —John Bell, Physician
“I really enjoyed the book. I like the simple and conversational style and the examples from Gillespie’s own life, which are very powerful, especially when he shares difficulties like being fired and the “heart attack.” The 25 years of teaching have paid off. Also, great humor – like the ‘fire burning’ story, which is very well told.” —David Thompson, Attorney
“I love the similes, quotes, and stories the author gives – they skillfully illustrate and clarify the meaning.” —Catherine de Baritault, Educator
“The book is a timeless and thoroughly entertaining read on meditation with a unique and inspiring presentation. I loved the way that personal experiences guide us to the appropriate meditation. Brilliant!” —Marjorie Clair, Musician
“Very beautifully written. I’m inspired by Gillespie’s joyful example to practice meditation. I think the book’s stories and explanations will help many people make a positive connection with Buddhism, and encourage them to start a meditation practice of their own. The instructions are simple to understand and easy to follow.” —Greg Goodman, IT Specialist
“A great achievement – it’s a veritable tour de force.” —Esther Box, Teacher
“This must be the easiest to read book on Buddhism there is, yet it manages to be thought-provoking too. Beautifully written, clearly and logically set out.” —Michael James, Diplomat
“My favorite chapters are the ones on patience, death, work, and the Guru. This is mostly because the advice is so helpful and so much applies to my daily life. The stories in Where Happiness Is are unforgettable, and Gillespie’s sense of humor is so great. The book contains a lifetime of experience. I didn’t want it to end!” —Jules Letwinska, Artist
“The book is wonderfully accessible.” —Susan E. Grober, Psychologist “I love the book’s conversational style.” —Jodi Gusek, Market Research Executive
“I am VERY MUCH enjoying this fantastic book. I’m sat on my couch curled up with it now.” —Jackie Humphries, Corporate Pilot"
“The book is wonderfully accessible.” ~Susan, Psychologist
“Gillespie’s writing style is light and accessible. One of his greatest attributes is his sense of humor that helps to focus the reader.” ~Bill, Newspaper Publisher
“I enjoyed reading the book. The Dharma comes through clearly. I felt better and refocused after my reading sessions. I really like the stories and how Gillespie uses them to make Dharma more accessible.” ~Jeff, Banker
But, Kelsang Gyatso banned Nick's book, and excommunicated him.