NKT's new book is about to be released, timed with enthronement of NKT's new leader, Kelsang Khyenrab.
Recent essays here have shared press releases about the book. Now, before the book is even available, reviews are appearing that encourage the book's mission masqueraded as NKT's spiritual quest for the world - to alter Tibetan political and religious history and portray Tibetan Buddhism as corrupt because of the Dalai Lamas.
"This book advocates a spiritual solution to a political problem that has plagued Tibetan society for the past 15 years, the Dorje Shugden controversy.
The book puts forth a most intriguing thesis, which is touched on throughout various chapters as it retraces the history of the Dalai Lamas; the implications will be earth-shattering for many Tibetan Buddhists, yet liberating for many others including myself. That is, "a great deception" has been perpetrated since the death of the Fourth Dalai Lama, in that no one who has carried this title since--from the Fifth to the current Fourteenth--has actually fulfilled the First Dalai Lama's promise to his root Guru, Je Tsongkhapa.
The book is a damning account of the Fifth, Thirteenth, and current Dalai Lamas' theocratic dictatorships and their failures as political and spiritual leaders. And, although the book is heavily sourced, it is intended merely as a starting point for journalists and scholars to dig even deeper. In a sense, exposing the Dalai Lama's "open secrets" to the world in this way is like giving us permission to look past the facade and not feel blasphemous for doing so: the authors invite the world again and again to scrutinize the Dalai Lama's actions just as they would any politician, and not be mesmerized by the celebrity of this 'simple Buddhist monk'. For these Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama can no longer hide behind the mask of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion.
When the Dalai Lama expelled 900 monks worshipping the tradition Buddhist Deity Dorje Shugden from Gelugpa monasteries in Southern India in January 2008, claiming that it was 'spirit worship' and that Shugden practitioners were responsible for arson and even murder, it was clear that something was seriously wrong in Tibetan Buddhism.
How could the Western Shugden Society find fault with such a pure religious leader? The answers are contained within this book which delves behind the fantasy image of the Dalai Lama created by such films as 'Kundun' and 'Seven Years in Tibet' to discover a more shocking and discouraging truth about the man revered by millions throughout the world.
This book clearly shows how Tibetan Buddhism is suffering from political pollution.
This political pollution began at the time of the 5th Dalai Lama who, supported by the Ooshot Mongols, took political control of Tibet and in so doing established a religio-political duality that tore Tibet apart. The Dalai Lama's position as a political leader was further consolidated by the 13th Dalai Lama and now the 14th who is continuing this policy of mixing religion and politics which is called 'Lama Policy' by the Western Shugden Society.
The wish of the Western Shugden Society is to remove political pollution from Buddhism. If the claims of the book are shown to be true through further investigative journalism, this will go a long way to doing just that."
(the Western Shugen Society is NKT's political division)
Plague, deception, damning account, fantasy, politics...NKT's buzz words for their hoped best seller, A Great Deception. Only $12.95 plus shipping.
A spiritual solution according to NKT. What a sick joke.
NKT cannot stand Tibetan history and is determined to rewrite it. Yet another burden on taxpayers who give substantial tax breaks to NKT.
On the other hand, another reviewer of this new NKT book noted,
"What you can learn here is mainly the world of thinking of NKT followers who are trained to perceive the world based on black-and-white-patterns of thinking, mixed with certain assumptions which form the group's elite mentality (the purity of the group and the impurity of the non-NKT world). This manifest exemplifies how selective perception of reality can be if one follows a fundamentalist religious approach; and that fundamentalist beliefs combined with an attitude to deliberately ignore contradicting facts leads to a thorough misconceiving of reality.
The group wants to show that the Dalai Lama is a cruel and evil person who does not deserve the respect and attention of the world he receives.
(NKT, aka WSS) they weave a complex web of perversions that aims to entrap the audience into their perception of the world.
It may be helpful to know that the group leader, 'Geshe' Kelsang Gyatso, who set up the Western Shugden Society, believes that Buddhism died out not only in Tibet but also in India where the Tibetan refugees, including the Tibetan Buddhist lineage holders, the monks, nuns, abbots and Tibetan Buddhist masters live; hence it is the mission of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and his New Kadamapa Tradition to keep the banner of purity and to establish themselves as the last pure upholders of 'pure Buddhism' in the West.
Instead of spending money for such a book, I would like to suggest to use the money to buy books of qualified authors who know their subject matter well and are able to portray it from a neutral and factual correct perspective or to spend the money for humanitarian sakes."
Another reviewer noted,
"From the product description any sensible reader will realise that the academic or journalistic credentials of these authors are questionable; if there were 'millions' of Dorje Shugden practitioners then these people would surely form a major religious group in the world. But they are largely unknown. Their numbers are at most only a few thousand and they consistently resist 'outsider' investigation unlike the Dalai Lama who is open to criticism and debate. If Shugden practitioners wished to make peace with other religious groups then surely they would not publish such a book. What attitude are they seeking to incite? The Western Shugden Society is an unregistered organisation that collects funds to organise public demonstrations against the Dalai Lama. The majority of the protesters are monks and nuns of the New Kadampa Tradition, controlled by one single Lama, Kelsang Gyatso, who has lost the support of his Tibetan monastery, Sera-je, and his nationality, through his consistent disagreements wiht the Tibetan community. The WSS complain of the Dalai Lama's corruption but freedom of speech is not allowed in NKT centres and no-one can rise in the NKT hierarchy without practising Shugden. If peace is their aim, why publish a book that seeks to destroy faith in an eminent Buddhist teacher? Where is the true great deception? Within the WSS itself."
"The hate of Buddhism, Tibet and the Dalai Lama is immediately evident in this so-called book. It was written and is being promoted by a controversial cult based in England founded by a discredited renegade filled with envy who has long wanted the removal of the Dalai Lama as a highly regarded religious and political leader. The book recasts various facts into the most negative and absurd interpretations possible in order to make a political statement against a respected spiritual man and head of a state in exile from its homeland (Tibet) after a communist invasion during the 1950s.
The cult promotes that the Dalai Lama is a fake Dalai Lama, that he caused the demise of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism and that the world's admiration for him, his Nobel Prize for peace and all his accolades are a scam.
Fortunately, the far larger number of books about the Dalai Lama available present a far more accurate and useful perspective.
The book is a remarkable psychological anatomy of a cult desperate to spread hate as its religion.
Unfortunately, the cult has already been successful in removing reviews of this book that the cult deems unsupportive of its illicit mission. Unfortunately, amazon.com is being abused by this cult in the process."
"Be wary of innocent-looking invitations to engage in meditation; you could fall into the clutches of the NKT.
Western Shugden Society is a fiction designed to protect the charitable status of the NKT, which has engaged in a long term campaign against the Dalai Lama with hate-filled demos around the world, which are organised and led by NKT teachers.
It may be coincidental that the campaign was stepped up in 2008 as China faced unrest in Tibet in its Olympic year. NKT publications are now freely available in China, unlike those of the Dalai Lama. In Tibet it is a serious crime to even possess an image of the Dalai Lama.
(interestingly, NKT disallows any images of the Dalai Lama in its centers)
Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the NKT, is a renegade Tibetan monk, who has betrayed his people to satisfy a megalomaniac desire to become the predominant flavour of Tibetan Buddhism. The cult was founded in the UK, where lax benefit rules enabled a business model whereby housing and unemployment benefit was used to achieve exponential growth in properties acquired and innocent, but ignorant seekers converted. It has now spread worldwide.
Shugden is an imaginary being (supposedly the spirit of a rival to the 5th Dalai Lama), the propitiation of which is a central spiritual practice of the NKT. The practice of Shugden worship was condemned by the Dalai Lama due to its history of exacerbating sectarianism between the 4 Tibetan traditions. "