Kelsang Gyatso has published 20+ books over the last 25 years.
They seem to reference various teachings of Buddhism and seem to quote great teachers of Buddhism. Widely accessible, Kelsang Gyatso's books can be useful prologues for further study in traditional schools of Buddhism.
However, there is something dramatically absent from Kelsang Gyatso's books.
References! Specific publications from significant Buddhist teachers. The only references are sales pages pointing to Kelsang Gyatso's books list. Kelsang Gyatso's publications are the only allowed publications inside NKT, no one else's.
The writings of dozens of Buddhist Lamas identified in his books are banned, as are any Buddhist writings published over the past 2,500 years. While Tsonghkhapa's New Kadampa Buddhism is referred to often, there is no bibliographic reference to any of Tsongkhapa's vast array of writings from 600 years ago or their progeny ever since. Or from Atisha teachings a thousand years ago, the beginning of Kadampa Buddhism. Or any recommendation to learn from them.
Incredibly, Kelsang Gyatso's books are the sole books allowed in NKT and are the sole books used to teach Kelsang Gyatso's teachers, monks, nuns and members. Kelsang Gyatso's books are sold as Buddhism although they lack any reference to any of thousands of books written regarding Buddhism.
While anyone can conjure ordinations for their organizations, the severe limits of Kelsang Gyatso's vows and training for NKT's monks and nuns underscores that they cannot be considered as ordained Buddhist clergy as has been accomplished for 2,500 years. Those 'ordained' inside NKT and the public are being duped. Simply wearing the monastic clothing of Tibetan monks and nuns does not make one an authentic monk or nun.
Preposterously, Kelsang Gyatso invented a 'tradition' in 1991, the New Kadampa Tradition, that bans any writings from Kadampa Buddhism as well as any other school of Buddhism. He drafted numerous corporate documents and business plans. Over the past year, Kelsang Gyatso purchased trademarks for his invention.
Preposterously, Kelsang Gyatso created a master Buddha out of a sectarian controversial spirit used for demeaning political purposes in Tibet, making a western Shugden the heart of his new tradition...introduced in his 1991 book, Heart Jewel. Kelsang Gyatso's uncle would communicate with Shugden via trances on behalf of NKT...until Kelsang Gyatso started his protest rally politics against the Dalai Lama in 1996.
Preposterously, in marketing materials and protest rallies, Kelsang Gyatso sells his product, NKT, as pure. This is as ludicrous as saying a corporation is a person.
Notably, Kelsang Gyatso does not teach outside of NKT, where traditional, mainstream and authentic Buddhism flourishes and is represented by numerous legitimate teachers, clergy and schools. The Dalai Lama is one of millions of such practitioners.
While his new tradition business has been financially successfull, Kelsang Gyatso's Buddhism ban serves no one.
Because, Kelsang Gyatso replaces historical Buddhist training, vows and compassion with ego enhancing seminars, retreats and merchandising.