Again and again, Buddhist organizations conclude that NKT is a masquerade and Buddhism sham. A few weeks ago (September 2015), 35 Buddhist organizations in England, NKT's operations base, published their statement (immediately previous essay).
About NKT's monks and nuns, they noted,
"The NKT is composed in the main of non-Tibetans who have little or no ability to speak or read Tibetan language and consequently little or no access to Tibetan Buddhist culture except through the writings of Kelsang Gyatso. Although the organisation follows an ethnic Tibetan teacher and utilises Tibetan Buddhist terminology, it does not consider itself a Tibetan Buddhist organisation – although, confusingly, its adherents often wear Tibetan coloured monastic robes, making it impossible for the public to tell the difference between those who have and those who have not taken full Buddhist monastic vows."
In 1997, the monastery that NKT's founder attended found Kelsang Gyatso to be a fake and NKT to be a cult.
The public is duped by NKT's masquerade, as are NKT's monks and nuns, most of whom are well intentioned most of the time.
Generally young followers become dependent on NKT - effectively for their living. They agree to raise money and recruit new unwitting followers for NKT in exchange for food, a place to sleep and eternal salvation. They also agree to protest Tibetan Buddhism in rallies around the world and most prolifically on the Internet.
NKT's biggest promise is 'quick enlightenment', though no one has received it in the 25 year existence of NKT. Its followers have donated millions of dollars/pounds for 'quick enlightenment'.
NKT entices followers to become monks, nuns and managers of NKT centers, often within a year of their first exposure to NKT's brand of 'Buddhism'. Their training is trivial compared to mainstream Buddhist organizations, relying on limited resources. For example, they are allowed to study only the books published by NKT's founder. All other books of Buddhism the last 2,500 years, ie since the time of Buddha, are banned, including hundreds of books containing transcripts of Buddha Shakyamuni's teachings 2,500 years ago.
Nevertheless, NKT's monks and nuns attempt to teach Buddhism, counsel relationships and marriages, and counsel prisoners. They even teach children. All without proper training, degrees and certifications. But while wearing the monastic robes of Tibetan monks and nuns, which they are not and they denigrate. The most widely known Tibetan monk, the Dalai Lama, NKT monks and nuns call a Nazi, Marxist, dictator, murderer, hypocrite, human rights abuser, traitor, evil, Muslim, cruel, pig, liar, false Dalai Lama, spiritual con man, one of biggest scams of the century, corrupt politician and CIA agent. They have similar attitude toward virtually all Tibetan monks and nuns.
Sincerity and masquerade are contradictory. Many NKT monks and nuns have realized this and left NKT, some living in pain long after they left.
Sadly, these statements of caution are no match compared to the promises and grandeur of NKT centers. NKT's fatuous appeal is simply too enticing.