"At any moment what the Buddha found we can find."
The Buddha, a Film by David Grubin premiering April 7, 2010 at 8 p.m. EST
This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity. Hear insights into the ancient narrative by contemporary Buddhists, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Join the conversation and learn more about meditation, the history of Buddhism, and how to incorporate the Buddha’s teachings on compassion and mindfulness into daily life.
Nothing from or about NKT. Nothing about what Buddha did not teach, like NKT's dark forces - Shugden, selfishness and envy. No NKT promises of the only pure path where all your petty dreams come true. No NKT promises of a trademarked fast track to perfection and of superiority to everyone else. No NKT conspiracy theories and threats of filing lawsuits. No promotion for NKT web sites calling NKT survivors psychotic. No NKT political manifestos. No NKT tantra scandals. No NKT deceit. No NKT protest rallies and megaphones. No NKT braggadocio about its businesses, hotels, vacation spas and resorts, and real estate holdings. No Kelsang Gyatso. No NKT demands of blind and unquestioning allegiance. No NKT manipulation. No NKT anti-Buddhism. Thankfully. Otherwise, the documentary would be about hate and greed. Nothing worth finding there.
PBS' broadcast was a simple one about the simple wonder of the Buddha. The Buddha met his mind not through gurus and ascetics but through his own journey, stationary looking to observers but infinitely dynamic to him. He did not have a teacher. He did not have or need NKT, nobody does.
One of the commenters on the broadcast said, "The great field of knowledge is as tiny as the earth is in the universe...The unknown is vast, it is unspeakably greater than anything we will ever know."
Our internal universe, the source of our life force and our ultimate destiny on behalf of others, is even larger. Our mind deserves our wonder.
NKT offers nothing to us. NKT's Gyatsoism takes those involved with NKT in counter-productive egocentric directions determined to outdo and ridicule others - shown to be the purpose of NKT's attempt at religion.
Christina Feldman wrote in Tricycle,
"The conceit of self (mana in Pali) is said to be the last of the great obstacles to full awakening. Conceit is an ingenious creature, at times masquerading as humility, empathy, or virtue. Conceit manifests in the feelings of being better than, worse than, and equal to another. Within these three dimensions of conceit are held the whole tormented world of comparing, evaluating, and judging that afflicts our hearts. Jealousy, resentment, fear, and low self-esteem spring from this deeply embedded pattern. Conceit perpetuates the dualities of “self” and “other”—the schisms that are the root of the enormous alienation and suffering in our world. Our commitment to awakening asks us to honestly explore the ways in which conceit manifests in our lives and to find the way to its end. The cessation of conceit allows the fruition of empathy, kindness, compassion, and awakening. The Buddha taught that “one who has truly penetrated this threefold conceit of superiority, inferiority, and equality is said to have put an end to suffering.” "
NKT specializes in conceit. NKT survivors often report debilitating feelings of fear and low self-esteem.
While materially wealthy, NKT is ethically bankrupt. Profits and services go in, they don't come out.