NKT is like a disease - infecting Buddhism, polluting the environment, sickening and disharmonizing its members, losing its vitality, shunning observers, segregating the community and acting oblivious to the consequences of its actions. NKT's DNA is damaged. Like a virulent cancer, NKT is attacking healthy cells - precious living beings that resist the NKT germ.
Diseased and in denial of its debilitating illness and its harmful effects on others, NKT is lashing out at its critics. Treatable? Perhaps. However, the longer the disease festers, the more traumatic will be the solution.
The symptoms of NKT's malady are readily apparent in NKT's own pictures of its monks and nuns at NKT's protests revealing pendulum swings of sadness and anger with manic jubilance - diagnostic signals of internal disturbances. NKT's fulminating sickness is obvious to everyone except the diluded, grasping fanatically for perceived survival simultaneously hindered by their unquestioning and inevitably destructive faith in a renegade fake geshe and the presumed supremacy of his cult theology requiring participants to abandon critical minds and to protest against and denigrate non-believers. Those who question Gyatso's authority, or his hurtful political strategies, are excised and discarded.
In the words of one NKT survivor, "NKT faithful may never agree with the truth about the harm they are causing. Their hate and egos have overruled their humanity. They have learned to enjoy their adrenalin surges from bad mouthing others, acting and looking like crack addicts rather than Buddhists. It gives them their arrogance and lust for power. Their spin has become a reflex because it is so comforting to them. We can only pray that they return to compassion and wisdom..Ironically, NKT's fighting their biographers and critics gives them their only serious, though desperate, purpose and enthusiasm, even if it is self destructive and harmful to others. When the reality sets in that more leave NKT than stay, they may return to earth and dedicate themselves to Buddhism rather than their egos."
In the short term, NKT is unlikely to dedicate themselves to constructive spirituality, preferring instead its egotistical agenda enabled with its financial and collective ego resources of retaliation against and attrition of its critics. It seems as if NKT has begun a war to attain dominance at all costs, which is, of course, the antithesis of Buddhism. Ultimately, NKT's disease will extinguish its currently escalating war.
As in physiology, for which about half of what we know comes from examination of disease pathology and its therapy, comprehension of NKT's corpus is clarified by examination of its sickness. Revelatory, NKT's internal pathology as well as its cure is exemplified by NKT's clergy and lay members who found the courage to recover from NKT. Stories of alienation and self-rejuvenation abound about NKT's sometimes subtle and sometimes overt environment of brainwashing, pressure, threats of ostracization, threats of hell-like future lives, and outright sexual and psychological abuse superseded by sometimes tepid and sometimes bold recovery. Some even experience extreme depression and consider suicide before their choice for renewal.
The most compelling and consistent introspection from NKT survivors identifies NKT's facilitative power - guilt. Their sorrow for helping NKT manipulate NKT's faithful is deeply heart felt, as is their angst over their fears of potentially losing their quest for spirituality. After substantial pain, they realize that they too have been manipulated by NKT's leader and his hierarchy with false promises of nirvana. They realize that NKT cultivated guilt to trivialize dissent and self worth. They realize that they were captivated by a false-but-envious god who is destroying the message of Tsongkhapa, not they. They recover, however, revitalizing their quest for meaning and practice of compassion
One NKT survivor insightfully described her path, "what astounds me is what I see as the disintegration of
the NKT-IKBU into an extraordinary justification of it's own
view point...sexual activity
was an essential part of the monastic path to enlightenment
in the NKT. The reason for my
explusion was having talked to another southern RT about
my worries and concerns due to the behaviour of Lodro and
Thogme - frequent absences from the Centre, extensive use
of Centre funds for personal costs and receiving untaxed income. I had expected love, compassion and moral discipline from my
NKT teachers, that's all. And on occasion, some wisdom. I did
find that years ago. But, as they say, perhaps all I saw was
the reflection of my own potential."
NKT works feverishly to publish its diseased view of fault in these survivors, creating 'attack politics' web sites, blogs, and amateur psychoanalyses to deflect attention from the generating disease - NKT ambition. Ironically, NKT argues that it is understandable that after members, monks and nuns leave NKT because of their disgust and distrust, many join the NKT survivors group hoping to derive some therapeutic benefits from the discussions held.
Appreciating NKT's misconduct with a Buddhist mind becomes spiritually relevant by understanding the harmful consequences the NKT's disease also serves to rejuvenate our wonder with the beauty of Buddhism. Like when we better appreciate a body part or a capacity when it is threatened or damaged, we can better appreciate the wondrous Buddhist journey into our minds and our futures to live lives of compassion reaching for wisdom.
However, diseases produce casualties. Perhaps, living a genuine Buddhist life more demonstrably would be a more productive path.
For NKT to begin its path toward recovery, meditating upon Gyatso's many books would produce immense benefits. Perhaps foremost among Gyatso's books is Eight Steps to Happiness - Gyatso's commentary on the profound root text, Eight Verses of Training the Mind written by the Tibetan Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa during the 11th century. Gyatso's commentary regarding this precious text directs how NKT should view The Dalai Lama rather than the way NKT markets The Dalai Lama as an object of scorn and ridicule (for example, see NKT's monograph against The Dalai Lama, The Tibetan Situation Today, linked on this web site's Read More page).
Eight Verses of Training the Mind, Langri Tangpa
"With the intention to attain
The ultimate, supreme goal
That surpasses even the wish-granting jewel,
May I constantly cherish all living beings.
Whenever I associate with others
May I view myself as the lowest of all:
And with a perfect intention,
May I cherish others as supreme.
Examining my mental continuum thoughout all my actions,
As soon as a disusion develops
Whereby I or others would act inappropriately,
May I firmly face it and avert it.
Whenever I see unfortunate beings
Oppressed by evil and violent suffering,
May I cherish them as if I had found
A rare and precious treasure.
Even if someone I have helped
And of whom I had great hopes
Nevertheless harms me without any reason,
May I see him as my holy Spiritual Guide.
When others out of jealousy
Harm me or insult me,
May I take defeat upon myself
And offer them the victory.
In short, may I directly and indirectly
Offer help and happiness to all my mothers,
And secretly take upon myself
All their harm and suffering.
Furthermore, through all these method practices,
Together with a mind undefiled by stains of conceptions of the eight extremes
And that sees all phenomena as illusory,
May I be released from the bondage of mistaken appearance and conception."
This work and Gyatso's commentary are often featured at NKT's centers to recruit new followers and are proffered as the essence of Mahayana Buddhism, "showing how we can transform our mind from its present confused and self-centered state into the perfect wisdom and compassion of a Buddha." NKT's attack of The Dalai Lama and NKT's biographers and critics could hardly conflict more with NKT's purported purpose advertised in the communities in which NKT's centers operate.
Poignantly, in view of NKT's derogatory attack of The Dalai Lama as a "safron-robed Muslim," an apparent Muslim poses penetrating questions for NKT about NKT's protests against The Dalai Lama. The video is deeply thought provoking for all of us, as would be NKT's answers. (the questioner is using a slightly different translation of the root text than that presented above)
(unfortunately, video removed from you tube)
The excellent commentary in this video is reminiscent of the teachings of Lucy James' consort (Nick Gillespie) when covering Langri Tangpa's root text and Gyatso's commentary (not necessarily with reference to The Dalai Lama). Nevertheless, the response of NKT apologists has been predictably shallow, anti-Buddhist and contradictory - as it is in NKT's web sites, blogs and marketing materials against its critics. For example,
you have completely misunderstood the root text
you have no understanding of NKT's conflict
you wreak of anger as a slave who sees evil
you are a fake
NKT's protests against The Dalai Lama are pure spiritual actions
NKT's teachings have no corruption; they are pure and correct
all of NKT's protests are joyful not angry
Buddha said that Buddhism will degenerate only due to the actions of someone inside Buddhism (indeed, NKT's dilusion fever is Buddhism's greatest threat)
faults are within the mind and a person is not their mind; because of this, The Dalai Lama has no faults; however, he does possess a faulty mind
The Dalai Lama can affect others because both he and those he effects are empty
my experience of The Dalai Lama is due to my previous actions
there is no problem with The Dalai Lama believing that Shugden is an evil spirit
the problems being (purportedly) caused by The Dalai Lama cannot be solved by patience
in 1996 and 1998, we made demonstrations about the same issue, but The Dalai Lama never listened so now we shout much louder so that he will hear us
in Eight Steps to Happiness, Gyatso says it is permissible to shout very loudly against others, and thus the protests against The Dalai Lama are Buddha-like (actually, Gyatso's text says if someone asks us to rob a bank or buy him a gun to shoot birds we should refuse and if someone threatens to kill us we can fight to protect our life for the sake of the many, presuming we are helping others; nothing in any of Gyatso's books supports NKT's protests)
unlike other forms of Buddhism, NKT is not passive and does not see the world as illusory; therefore, NKT has no problem scolding, blaming and taking action
in certain circumstances it would be justified to kill The Dalai Lama
Nick and Lucy
In the words of an NKT survivor,
"The video and the questions raised are indeed interesting. In reality it's sad, because the feeling I get is that NKT, the whole doctrine, with all its wonderful advices and subtleties, is only intended for the naive, the real "pure" practitioner, those kind of persons we all were when we first met NKT's Dharma - persons that only wanted to find some peace of mind. To the ones established in power, these are just empty words, like the rhetoric of a polititian. And that's the duality in NKT that became unbearable to all of us."
An NKT devotee responded to the above inspired video with his own, asserting that the Western Shugden Society is a political society that was created to protest. The main point of the NKT devotee video is that the 73-year-old Dalai Lama is not an old man.