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FALSE ADVERTISING

Falsely advertised on NKT web sites...

"The main practice of Kadampa Buddhists is a special practice called Heart Jewel.

In this powerful sequence of prayers we accumulate merit, purify negativity and receive profound blessings of our Spiritual Guide in the aspect of the Wisdom Buddha, Je Tsongkhapa and the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden."

Kadampa Buddhism (from Tibet, introduced by Atisha (980-1084)) and New Kadampa Buddhism (from Tibet, introduced by Tsongkhapa (1356-1419)) do not support NKT's bogus 'main practice'. Neither of these schools of Buddhism taught Shugdenism, the worship in an angry spirit typically used to harm disbelievers. Similarly, Buddha Shakyamuni did not teach Shugdenism (or NKT's distasteful theology). NKT's so called 'new kadampa tradition' has little relationship to the real New Kadampa Tradition assembled from Tsongkhapa's teachings and writings (which have little importance and effectively no presence inside NKT). Though NKT clergy dress like Tibetan Buddhist clergy, they are radically different, promoting hatred rather than compassion.

Shugdenism is the antithesis of Buddhism.

Virtually none of NKT's advertising is true.

In view of its worldwide protests against the Dalai Lama and numerous Internet postings against Tibetans and Buddhists, NKT cannot be considered peaceful or compassionate. In view of its record of sexual misconduct, NKT cannot be considered holy. In view of its false promises of quick enlightenment through its distorted tantra practices, NKT cannot be considered honest. In view of its castigating Tibetan Buddhism while its clergy wears Tibetan monastic clothing, NKT cannot be considered sincere. In view of Gyatso's fake Geshe degree, NKT cannot be considered truthful. In view of how NKT mistreats its 'survivors', NKT cannot be considered Buddhist.

That NKT sells its sectarian fundamentalist spiteful leader Gyatso as an aspect of Tsongkhapa is despicable.

From the Tibetan monastery that Gyatso once attended but abandoned,

"It is a measure of profound sorrow that a so called “Geshe” Kelsang Gyatso and his English supporters have embarked upon a ruthless smear campaign to tarnish the International stature of His Holiness The Dalai Lama in the name of alleged “religious persecution”. It is nothing short of blasphemy in the eyes of the overwhelming majority of the six million Tibetans.

Actions speak louder than words and we are under no illusion with whom your sympathies are despite your statements to the contrary. The Tibetans all over the world were deeply distressed by your attempt to portray the Dalai Lama as a “ruthless dictator” an “oppressor of his own people” and smash his International stature so that the Tibetan struggle will be like a rudderless ship tossing helplessly in the sea of international intrigues and treacery. From where did you borrow your vocabulary to malign the Dalai Lama? Are they not straight from the Chinese propaganda dictionary?

...Kelsang Gyatso who is today a pariah in the Tibetan community...

We have therefore stripped him of his membership from our Sera Jhe Dratsang since the holy scriptures have clearly prescribed to evict such apostates who will foul the Sanga community’s spiritual purity and serenity and will have a negative influence for the whole community. Owing to the above reasons contained in the holy Tantric treatises, the Sera Jhe Dratsang’s Abbot and ex-abbots, Reincarnations of holy Lamas, Geshes, and the House Masters of the fifteen different Houses unanimously decided to strip Kelsang Gyatso of his membership in the Sera Jhe Dratsang and his own House had earlier done the same.

In his apparent ecstasy, he even disowns being a Tibetan and works against the very people where he was born.

(referring to Gyatso)...Possessed by a terrible demon, without shame, embarrassment, or modesty, he doesn't have even the slightest care or concern for any of the commitments of the three vows [pratimoksha, bodhicitta, and tantric] which he undertook.

Therefore, all those connected with Sera Je College, lamas and tulkus, abbots, former executives, senior and junior geshes, together with the leaders of the individual khangtsen [regional houses], all together, in agreement, with one voice, hereby proclaim that on this day, August 22, 1996, Kelsang Gyatso, the one with broken commitments and wrong view, is cast out with the "ritual nine expulsions," and is thereby banished from this place, and the being a part of the rule of our College.

This means that we request all of our brothers and sisters, the Tibetan people inside and outside Tibet, to completely sever any relationship with him. Concerning the practice of worshiping divine protectors at this Monastery in particular, the protector who was directed by the previous great masters to advise, command, and look after our Monastery is the Dharma protector Dregpa Chamsing [Dregs Pa lCam Sring). Aside from this protector there has traditionally been no worship of Dolgyal [Dorje Shugden].

For the future, we publicly make the strongest request to everyone not to associate the good name of Sera Je Monastery with this holder of broken commitments and wrong view."

The 100th head of the tradition developed from Tsongkhapa's teachings, the Ganden Tripa, head of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, said about Gyatso,

"If it (Shugden) were a real protector, it should protect the people. There may not be any protector such as this, which needs to be protected by the people. Is it proper to disturb the peace and harmony by causing conflicts, unleashing terror and shooting demonous words in order to please the Dharma protector? Does this fulfill the wishes of our great masters? Try to analyze and contemplate on the teachings that had been taught in the Lamrim (stages of path), Lojong (training of mind) and other scriptural texts. Does devoting time in framing detrimental plots and committing degrading act, which seems no different from the act of attacking monasteries wielding swords and spears and draining the holy robes of the Buddha with blood, fulfill the wishes of our great masters?

The act of pronouncing one's strong faith in worldly gods is no different from publicizing your faults and downfall in your adherence to "the advice or refuge-seeking."

This demonous act of ignoring the advice of His Holiness on spiritual and temporal ground intended for the benefit of Tibetans and masterminding certain detrimental activities in finding slightest differences to your view clearly signifies ones lack of patriotism."

Rather than listen to such important commentary or the 2,500 year history of Buddhism, NKTites obey their false prophet, content with spreading their pious hate around the world for the benefit of NKT's business enterprises. Their greed harms all of us.

Furthermore, NKT's 'main practice' is ineffective. Rather than "purify negativity," NKT thrives on spreading negativity - apparently NKT's main purpose.

Rather than helping anyone, Shugden myth, NKT's 'main practice', is deployed by NKT to harm. To NKT, Shugden protection outweighs practicing human compassion, exacerbating human suffering outweighs relieving human suffering.

NKT demands that its arrogance and selfishness triumph at all costs.

 

Editor's Note:
NKT's impact on Buddhism is exemplified in this statement of the Australian Sangha Association,

"This the official ASA statement about the demonstrations in Sydney and an excerpt from a letter about NKT ordination sent to the Australian Buddhist Councils and the World Buddhist Sangha Council.

Australian Sangha Association statement regarding protests at the teachings of HH the Dalai Lama:

The ASA wishes to express its dismay at the conduct of robed members of the New Kadampa Tradition, Western Shugden Society and associated organizations during the teachings given by HH the Dalai Lama on 11-15 June 2008 at Olympic Stadium, Sydney, Australia.

The Dalai Lama's teachings were attended by over 6000 people who came to be inspired by the peaceful and harmonious message of Buddhism. Instead they were met by a large, organized group of protesters dressed in monastic robes shouting slogans. Noisy public demonstrations such as these are not appropriate behaviour for monks or nuns and have brought Buddhism in this country into disrepute.

The ASA recognizes there is a difference of opinion with the Dalai Lama on various issues. It is the right of NKT and WSS members to disagree with the Dalai Lama's opinions but their disagreement should be expressed in a peaceful, respectful and reasonable manner.

Therefore, in the spirit of Dharma and in accordance with Buddhist principles the ASA would encourage the NKT and WSS protesters to request forgiveness from the Dalai Lama for their behaviour and in future to conduct themselves with humility and restraint.

And from the letter......

According to our information the robed members of this group have not taken monastic vows as defined by the Vinaya which, as I am sure you know, is the collection of teachings by the Buddha that articulate the moral discipline to be followed by the ordained community.

The Sangha is a 2500 year old institution which has always kept the Vinaya rules as its core practice. It is this moral code which is the foundation of Buddhist monasticism and adherence to it is what defines a person as a Buddhist monk or nun. It is the most important thing that we as monastics from different traditions have in common and is what enables us to come together under the auspices of the WBSC and ASA to celebrate our shared commitment to the Three Jewels.

Members of the NKT who wear robes do not follow this tradition. They have taken 5 precepts including a vow of celibacy and make 5 additional promises to behave in a manner consistent with Dharma and spiritual practice. This is indeed an admirable and praiseworthy commitment and we do not wish to imply that such practitioners are anything other than sincere and genuine in their devotion to the path. However it must be emphasised that this is not a monastic ordination according to the teachings of Buddha.

These precepts are said by their teacher Kelsang Gyatso to derive from the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra and he clearly states they are different from those found in the Vinaya. According to him a monk or a nun becomes a Bhikhu or Bhikhuni 'merely by holding these ten vows of ordination and developing a strong realisation of renunciation that is ever present in the mind.'

This definition has nothing in common with the traditionally accepted understanding of ordination and confuses the notion of a Bhikhu or Bhikhuni in the spiritual and conventional sense. From earliest times a 'true Bhikhu' has been one who realised the Dharma. However all Buddhist traditions, while fully understanding this, have always insisted on the necessity for the conventional Sangha to hold Vinaya vows properly received in accordance with the prescribed rituals.

The opinion of the ASA is that for NKT members to represent themselves to the public as authentic Buddhist monks and nuns is wrong and misleading.

One of the principal aims of the ASA is to help ensure the integrity and good reputation of Buddhism in general and the Sangha community in particular. We ourselves are not sure how to respond to this challenge but have decided to share our concerns with you. If you have some suggestions we would welcome your input. For now we feel that bringing this issue to the attention of the public is the best thing we can do.

21 July 2008"

NKT's position regarding ALL who truthfully discuss the NKT: 'all liars'.