THE HYPOCRISY & DOUBLE STANDARDS OF THE NKT BOOK BAN - 'DON'T DO WHAT WE DO, DO WHAT WE SAY'.
|hyp·o·crite – noun 1. a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
In light of the recent ban of Gary Beesley's book, 'A Cuckoo in the Peacock Palace' by the NKT, an action which many have argued totally contradicts basic principles of freedom of speech, two very interesting letters have emerged on New Kadampa Survivors which demonstrate clearly the extent of the hypocrisy which is rife in the cult.
Both letters are to a group called the Network of Buddhist Organizations, a group which tried to prevent its members from engaging in public criticism of other Buddhists by making its members (one of which is the NKT) sign an undertaking not to do so.
The first response, from the 'Third Buddha' himself, states, "NKT leaders cannot impede their (NKT followers) freedom of speech; this is not a Tibetan feudal society." The second, from the NKT Board of Directors, states that the NKT cannot accept such a rule as it "directly violates democratic rights of free speech and action."
So the founder and directors of the NKT are of the firm belief that we live in a world where freedom of speech is a democratic right for all and that any attempt to suppress said freedom is akin to actions which would be more at home in a 'feudal society'.
So, if that's the case, how come they banned 'A Cuckoo in the Peacock Palace'?
Some of the reasons for their ban on the book emerged on the website Dorjeshugden.com. Read on, in light of the above pronouncements about free speech, and see if you spot any subtle differences in the opinions expressed by NKT webwatchers.
"The NKT kept quiet for ten years about all the crap that was thrown at it. Enough's enough - people's spiritual paths are being needlessly damaged through the strong encouragement of doubts tending away from the truth & plain old deluded doubt. Having something in print lends it some credibility so this book would have had extra power to hurt people. Protecting your reputation is not necessarily a worldly concern (Geshe Kelsang has been pretty fearless in putting his reputation on the line repeatedly to protect the lineage), it can be done without attachment in order to benefit others. How do we know the book was tripe? The guy's got form, lots of it. & the Amazon write up was kind of revealing in that regard. I believe the production of that book would have brought no benefit & much harm. There will be critical books printed in the future about the NKT, but out right insanely biased lies have no value, especially now. Is that a value judgement? Yup. One the NKT is confident the courts would agree with. Should anyone be allowed to print absolutely anything they want in the name of free speech? English libel law doesn't think so & neither do I."
"I agree with you. If a book filled with calumnies about your Lama, your Deity and your lineage can be avoided, it should be. If there are legitimate ways to stop such obstacles for the mind of others to arise then it´s very good to do it. I would say that not to stop such harmful book to appear would be a mistake. Lies, lies, lies ... basta! The nazis used as astute propaganda weapon the notion that you only need to repeat a lie enough number of times for it to become a truth. Also, in the world, there is this unfair view that if something bad is said of somebody ... then there must be some good reason behind it. So again, well done NKT lawyers!"
"The reason why the book should not be published is because it contains false information that defames the reputation of the New Kadampa Tradition, such as the NKT is in league with the PRC. Where does freedom of speech end and being able to publish defamatory lies begin? This is the reason why the libel laws exist."
"Allowing lies to be spread in the name of 'free speech' is not helpful. Anyone can say, for example, 'Dorje Shugden is a demon' or 'NKT is in league with the Chinese Government against the Dalai Lama'. They are free to say this, but since it's a wrong view, it's not helpful to spread it around. The various accusations made against Dorje Shugden, NKT and the WSS by people who are misinformed or even malicious, as Middleway said, affects people's faith and therefore interferes with people's spiritual lives. We can therefore say that books containing these false claims are maras and every effort should be made to prevent such obstacles from arising."
So, the book was banned because it was 'all lies' and could destroy people's faith; apparently such claims are 'maras' (demons) and the repetition of them is a tactic employed by Nazis to undermine their enemies. I guess Beesley is a lying demonic Nazi then-thank goodness they banned his book.
Please examine the book's table of contents here.
NKT again and again insists it is not political and its protest against the historical head of state of Tibet is not political. Ironically, NKT relies on politics for its claim. NKT claims democratic rights, a political distinction. Little NKT says is true. NKT is a deluded cult that will rationalize all its wrongdoing as a democratic right.
Similarly, NKT insists it has nothing to do with the protest rallies against the Dalai Lama even though NKT invented them, manages them and populates them. NKT pretends Kelsang Gyatso did not write these words...
"as the representative of the Western Shugden Society, I personally will organise demonstrations against the Dalai Lama directly. I requested Kelsang Pema and Kelsang Thubchen to do this job for me and they have accepted."
NKT also pretends that the Adminstrative Director of Lucy James' NKT chapter wrote,
"Since the beginning of our involvement with the NKT we have been repeatedly told that the NKT was not involved in politics. Now that the NKT has opened up with its political position and begun demonstrating I can no longer be a part of the organization. This complete lack of honesty about the NKT's involvement in Tibetan politics is the reason for my departure."
It is telling that NKT refuses to meet the membership requirement of the Network of Buddhist Organizations to refrain from criticizing other Buddhists.
It is also telling that anyone who has never seen the book claims that the book that scared NKT so much contains lies. NKT lives in tremendous fear of exposure.
Judging from the book's table of contents, the book would have contributed useful context and analysis of NKT's political cult.