Nick Gillespie (left) and Lucy James (center)
NKT abuses even its strongest advocates...with Kelsang Gyatso's endorsement, and based on his professed omniscience his intention. Recurringly, NKT blames its leaders and followers for causing great damage to NKT's wealth. It is a wonder that NKT has any left.
NKT corporation terminated Nick Gillespie's legendary role inside NKT to develop NKT centers and expand NKT membership. Now, like many before, Nick is banned from NKT. Like many before, Nick is threatened with a lawsuit from NKT.
NKT and its founder Kelsang Gyatso sent their demands to Nick Gillespie via letter April 22, 2012...
"I am writing this letter on behalf of the NKT Education Council regarding your forthcoming book "Where Happiness Is". In the preface of your book you indicate that you are a pure and qualified NKT Teacher. Clearly you are saying this publicly in order to fulfill your personal aim which is the opposite of Geshe-Ia's intention to flourish pure Kadam Dharma.
On the 21st July 2009 the Education Council removed you from the position of an NKT Resident Teacher. If you are a pure and qualified NKT Teacher then why did the Education Council remove you from your position? Without permission you cannot use Geshe-Ia's name, NKT's name or any of the NKT Dharma Centres in your book to show yourself as a qualified Buddhist writer. If you do this without permission from the NKT Education Council then the NKT will engage in legal action against you to seek compensation for the great damage in the future to the NKT's development both spiritually and materially. You should also know that you have a legal agreement with the NKT which you signed so you will have broken this agreement.
Because we are very worried that your actions will cause people confusion and to follow in a different direction and in this way NKT quickly will be destroyed. So to prevent these dangers the Members of the weekly meeting of the Education Council made the decision and are asking the Admin Directors of all the NKT Dharma Centres including in particular KMC New York City to cease the connection between the Centre and yourself Nick Gillespie. This ban will be effective on the 29th April 2012."
NKT and Kelsang Gyatso believe that if Nick Gillespie proceeds with his book NKT will be quickly destroyed. Such power Nick has.
(NKT sent this letter to all NKT centers, worldwide, to prevent Nick's entry and feared infection of NKT's professed purity; authors of books about Buddhism and happiness are not permitted inside NKT, neither are books written by Tsongkhapa or any other Buddhist Lama, including any of hundreds of books written about the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni (only Kelsang Gyatso's self-published books are allowed))
Once highly celebrated, NKT corporation says that Nick opposes Kelsang Gyatso and that he was never a pure and qualified NKT teacher. NKT now trivializes everything Nick did for NKT - essentially calling Nick a liar, just as NKT does to all its perceived enemies.
Moreover, NKT intends to sue Nick Gilespie should he publish a book with any mention of his life with NKT. Never mind that Nick dedicated over 25 years of his life to NKT, seen unfit now by NKT censors to mention it. Never mind that Nick created a new direction, Meditation Press, to contribute further to NKT. At NKT, Nick is an pariah now, a potential competitor in NKT view for NKT corporation. Thus, NKT must crush Nick and Meditation Press. Crushing is what NKT is about.
Suing followers is even in NKT's corporate rules...
"To prevent the development of confusion and disagreement among NKT students, no NKT-IKBU Teacher or Spiritual Director shall write books or other material that contain elements of traditions that differ from the New Kadampa Tradition or that in any way contradict NKT Dharma books.
Without permission you cannot use Geshe-la's name, NKT's name or any of the NKT Dharma Centres in your book to show yourself as a qualified Buddhist writer. If you do this without permission from the NKT Education Council then the NKT will engage in legal action against you to seek compensation for the great damage in the future to the NKT's development both spiritually and materially."
NKT must protect its material wealth.
According to NKT, Nick Gilespie was neither an NKT teacher nor qualified Buddhist writer. Thus, his students were misdirected by him, their efforts inspired by Nick Gilespie not appreciated by NKT - after all, NKT professes that a bad teacher produces bad students.
Before Nick Gillespie's book, Nick's dismissal in 2009 as an NKT teacher and Lucy James's disagreement with Kelsang Gyatso's political battles (earning her dismisssal April 2008), NKT praised Nick (quite a pendulum swing regarding both Nick and Lucy, from once celebrated to disgraced). For example...
"Kadam Nick is a senior meditation teacher in the New Kadampa Tradition. He was the first Kadampa Teacher to come to Florida, and he established the first three Kadampa Centers here: Parbawatiya Center in Tampa Bay, KMC Florida in Sarasota, & Drolma Center in Fort Lauderdale.He is currently Resident Teacher of Drolma Buddhist Center in Fort Lauderdale. 'Kadam' means 'Teacher'. Kadam Nick has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation for over 24 years under the guidance of his Spiritual Guide, Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Before being invited in 1996 to set up the Florida meditation Centers, Kadam Nick worked closely with Ven. Geshe Kelsang in establishing and directing Geshe-la's first Center in the West, Madhyamaka Centre, now one of the largest Buddhist colleges in Europe. He was also Resident Teacher of Atisha Buddhist Centre in Darlington. Kadam Nick is a dearly loved teacher, renowned for his practical and humorous presentation of Buddha's teachings."
Now Nick is banned as well as deligitimized by NKT, thus deligitimizing his students. Once again, NKT claims monopoly and hegemony. NKT will battle anyone who disagrees, especially anyone who once was a part of NKT. Hundreds of prior NKT followers have suffered from NKT's voodoo.
Combined, NKT has trashed thousands of years of life of its followers, many of whom subjected to sexual abuse and being thrown out of their government-subsidized housing.
Many have been similarly confronted by NKT, including NIck's other half Lucy James (see). (Also, see a review of Kelsang Gyatso's credentials and what his teachers say about them.)
Nick's futile homage to NKT's self-indulgent ruler, Kelsang Dekyong
Dressing up as Tibetan Buddhists, NKT warriors protest against Tibet
(Kelsang Dekyong - right, holding NKT's pro-Chinese manifesto 'The Tibetan Situation Today: Surprising Hidden News')
Nick, welcome to the largest group in the world - those ostracized and threatened by NKT. It's a badge of honor. Better yet, try true Kadampa Buddhism and the teachings of Shakyamuni, Tsongkhapa and Atisha without the distortions of Shugdenism. Free of NKT's arogance and distortions, you and Lucy could generate a profound legacy for Buddhism - grow Buddhism rather than distort it on a grand scale. Jump over NKT's hinderances. Help people rather than burden them. You and your views are not acceptable to NKT.
True Kadampa Buddhism is beautiful. The 'New Kadampa Tradition' (NKT) interwoven with a ruinous brand of Shugdenism created by Kelsang Gyatso in 1991 in opposition to his early training in Tibetan Buddhism is an abusive distortion used to rationalize an array of misconduct.
NKT's reprimand of and threat against Nick Gillespie is telling in other ways. For example, NKT encouraged its followers to post thousands of Internet comments of hate. NKT followers have several ongoing web sites dedicated to hate and slander. However, when it comes to Buddhist books about and messages of happiness, NKT is compelled to put an end to them. Now, NKT ostracizes Nick Gillespie just as it has been doing since 1996 regarding the Dalai Lama and those that left NKT out of disgust, due to sexual abuse and after NKT kicked them out of their NKT apartments subsidized by taxpayers.
NKT is threatened by books about happiness that NKT cannot formulate for profit. NKT is threatened by freedom of speech.
NKT opposes in particular the freedom of thought of its followers. If they express it they are fired (eg, Lucy James) and banned (eg, Nick Gillespie). Threatened with lawsuits too.
Nick Gillespie created Meditation Press to express his ideas about Buddhism and happiness. His book, Where Happiness Is ~ Meditation and Positive Thinking, is his first - or was before NKT's lawsuit threat - of many planned creations. Quoting from his web sites, although their content has been removed in response to NKT's threat...
Apr 8, 2012 by nick
Meditation Press has arisen out of an appreciation of the benefits of Kadampa Buddhism, which I have enjoyed practicing for 27 years, as well as a personal understanding of the importance of creativity in a fulfilling life.
Being creative is something we can all be. It’s not about how good we are in obtaining results – in fact, one of the famous Kadampa Buddhist sayings is “Abandon any hope for results.” But I believe that each one of us has a creative part inside us, and that connecting to that helps us experience a rewarding life. We can’t all be Picasso, Shakespeare, or Mozart, for example, but we can derive great joy from painting, writing, or creating music to the best of our ability.
For 25 years, from 1985-2009, every day I actively helped the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) grow and develop – for the first nine years as the Administrative Director for my Teacher Geshe Kelsang’s first center, Madhyamaka Centre, near York in England, and for the next 16 as a Resident Teacher in the UK & the US. From 1996 to 2009, I drove over one million miles in my service for the tradition.
When I first started, if 40 people came to one of Geshe Kelsang’s public teachings in York, we regarded it as an achievement. At that time, Geshe Kelsang didn’t speak fluent English, had founded only one center, and had published only two books. 27 years later, there are over 1,000 Kadampa (NKT) centers worldwide, Geshe Kelsang has written 22 books, and his books, centers, and three study programs are all well-established and protected within the tradition. Geshe Kelsang has now retired as General Spiritual Director, but his life’s work continues, and will flourish for many future generations to come.
As we say explicitly in this Meditation Press website, and as I say in Where Happiness Is, if you are inspired by this first book, which launches Meditation Press, and if you want to learn and study more about Kadampa Buddhism, you can visit www.kadampa.org to find your nearest NKT center and meditation class.
In this big world, there is plenty of room for the creative expression of the love of Buddhism. My hope is that all of us who love this spiritual tradition – which dates back to the founder of Kadampa Buddhism, Atisha (11th century AD), and before that to Buddha Shakyamuni (5th century BC) – can find ways to help it grow and be integrated into modern society.
In this spirit, I hope you enjoy this website, the first Meditation Press book, and all the other Meditation Press creative endeavors to come.
Manhattan New York
Nick Gillespie ~ managing director
Nick has been practicing Buddhist meditation for the past 27 years. From 1986 until 1994 he was the Administrative Director of Madhyamaka Centre, York, UK. From 1994 to 2009 he taught over 4,000 meditation classes in both England and the US, and set up six meditation centers in Florida. He grew up in South Africa and England, graduating from the University of York with a degree in English Literature. He now works in publishing in Manhattan, New York. He founded Meditation Press and has written the book Where Happiness Is ~ Meditation and Positive Thinking. He currently writes for the Meditation Press blog, and is working on other Meditation Press projects.
Lucy James ~ creative director
Lucy has been practicing Buddhist meditation for the past 31 years. From 1984 until early 2008 she worked as an editor and publication manager at Tharpa Publications, the publishing house that produces Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books; and during that time she also taught Buddhism extensively in the UK and the US. From 2008 to 2011 she engaged in meditation retreat. Lucy, the daughter of a British diplomat, grew up in seven different countries and has visited well over 40 (she lost count), graduating from the University of York with a degree in English Literature and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education. She currently writes Meditation Press’s associated blog Kadampa Life, and is working on other Meditation Press projects.
Julian Corvin ~ marketing and events director
Julian has been involved professionally with various types of creative expression since graduating from New College of Florida with a Major in Fine Art. This stint was followed by a decade of experience in graphic & web design, marketing & community outreach for a multi-national division of the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She met meditation, Nick and Lucy while in college in Sarasota and continued practicing at Parbawatiya Buddhist Center in Safety Harbor, teaching branch and kids’ classes along the way. Since moving to the NYC area, Julian has continued doing marketing & writing for Meditation Press, freelance projects, as well as focusing on her artistic endeavors. Amongst her many talents, Julian is a left-handed landscape painter and a beauty product connoisseur. She paints originals on commission and sells her prints online through Art.com. Julian is married and lives in New York with her wonderful husband France, two extraordinary cats, and a sensitive Tibetan spaniel. Julian is a millennial, a meme enthusiast and thinks Zach Galifianakis is a genius.
Jason Byrant ~ design and development lead
A practicing Buddhist for the last seven years, and doing a great job as Education Coordinator, Administrative Director, and web designer at various points for Drolma Center in Fort Lauderdale, Jason is also a world-travelled musician and Stanford graduate. A multi-faceted man, to say the least. From 2005-7 he played lead guitar, and toured the world with Damian Marley, including playing at the 2006 Glastonbury Festival in the UK and Red Rocks Colorado. In 2008 he completed a degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University in California. He now works as an extremely talented freelance web designer and developer, and will soon move from Florida to Santa Cruz, CA. Jason designs and develops the Meditation Press website.
Stefan Killen ~ book design
Stefan designed all the books for Tharpa Publications from 1986 to the mid-1990’s, starting at Madhyamaka Centre, where he met Nick and Lucy. Since then, he has been designing book covers successfully for a large number of clients worldwide, and has now also expanded to working with a wide variety of print and digital media. He designs the books and CDs for Meditation Press. Stefan is married, with a son, and lives and works in New York."
From another of Nick's web sites....
"Nick Gillespie is a long-standing student of the world-renowned Buddhist Master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He has studied and practiced Kadampa Buddhism since 1985 and taught meditation and Buddhism extensively in both England and the United States from 1994 to 2009. He grew up and graduated from the University of York with a degree in English Literature. He now works in Manhattan, New York, USA.
What Others Are Saying (by Julian Corvin)..... "Where Happiness Is was a great read that I didn't want to end. The stories in this book are unforgettable. This uniquely practical autobiographical book reflects a lifetime of spiritual practice, sense of humor, aesthetic sensibility & creativity. I took away useful advice for my daily life & for my meditation practice.""
More praise for the book....
“This is a wonderful book. I have learned a lot reading it. And also laughed! Where Happiness Is applies Buddhist solutions to real life problems we can all relate to in a clear, direct, and down-to-earth style. I love the how-to approach and meditations, which make these ancient teachings relevant to how we live today.” —Trudy Montgomery, Artist & Art Advisor
“I am sure a lot of people will benefit from this amazing wisdom, presented in such an interesting, easy-to-read form. I am very happy for all the future readers.” —Natalia Darialova, Founder of Darial TV, Russia
"Gillespie’s charm and wit come shining through the pages. He gives great examples of problems and then concrete solutions. He has found a lovely, light, non-confrontational way to explain the benefits of meditation.” —Nancy Bell, RN
“LOVE this beautiful book. It is really relatable, easy to understand, step-by-step, and well written. What an accomplishment!” —Robin Buxton, Producer & Painter
“I like the writing style of Where Happiness Is – it is easy and pleasant to read. Gillespie explains the essence of Buddhism without all the unpronounceable names and concepts a novice is not familiar with. He explains complex concepts in a clear and simple way. His examples of meditations are illustrated by his personal stories, which makes the book more accessible to the reader without sounding ‘preachy.’ I like his quotes from Peanuts to Woody Allen. His explanations of how to use thoughts during meditations seem well thought out and practical. I like the light-hearted approach. This is a thoughtful book without being too hard to understand. It is never boring.” —John Bell, Physician
“I really enjoyed the book. I like the simple and conversational style and the examples from Gillespie’s own life, which are very powerful, especially when he shares difficulties like being fired and the “heart attack.” The 25 years of teaching have paid off. Also, great humor – like the ‘fire burning’ story, which is very well told.” —David Thompson, Attorney
“I love the similes, quotes, and stories the author gives – they skillfully illustrate and clarify the meaning.” —Catherine de Baritault, Educator
“The book is a timeless and thoroughly entertaining read on meditation with a unique and inspiring presentation. I loved the way that personal experiences guide us to the appropriate meditation. Brilliant!” —Marjorie Clair, Musician
“Very beautifully written. I’m inspired by Gillespie’s joyful example to practice meditation. I think the book’s stories and explanations will help many people make a positive connection with Buddhism, and encourage them to start a meditation practice of their own. The instructions are simple to understand and easy to follow.” —Greg Goodman, IT Specialist
“A great achievement – it’s a veritable tour de force.” —Esther Box, Teacher
“This must be the easiest to read book on Buddhism there is, yet it manages to be thought-provoking too. Beautifully written, clearly and logically set out.” —Michael James, Diplomat
“My favorite chapters are the ones on patience, death, work, and the Guru. This is mostly because the advice is so helpful and so much applies to my daily life. The stories in Where Happiness Is are unforgettable, and Gillespie’s sense of humor is so great. The book contains a lifetime of experience. I didn’t want it to end!” —Jules Letwinska, Artist
“The book is wonderfully accessible.” —Susan E. Grober, Psychologist “I love the book’s conversational style.” —Jodi Gusek, Market Research Executive
“I am VERY MUCH enjoying this fantastic book. I’m sat on my couch curled up with it now.” —Jackie Humphries, Corporate Pilot"
“The book is wonderfully accessible.” ~Susan, Psychologist
“Gillespie’s writing style is light and accessible. One of his greatest attributes is his sense of humor that helps to focus the reader.” ~Bill, Newspaper Publisher
“I enjoyed reading the book. The Dharma comes through clearly. I felt better and refocused after my reading sessions. I really like the stories and how Gillespie uses them to make Dharma more accessible.” ~Jeff, Banker
From Meditation Press's Facebook page (indicating page owners Julian Corvin, Lucy James, Nick Gillespie and Jason Bryant and home in Clearwater, Florida, whereas Meditation Press is based in Manhattan)...
Meditation Press provides a forum for creative expression inspired by Kadampa Buddhism. It aims to support the sharing of experience, whether in the form of writing, music, film, painting, or any other artistic endeavor.
To encourage the sharing of experience inspired by Kadampa Buddhism.
Profits created by Meditation Press are donated to charity."
First product coming soon! Watch this space."
NKT considers such views as heretical, indicative of mutiny. Unholy even. Those expressing support for NKT are potential targets for reprimand and lawsuit. Sadly, fear of NKT reprisal serves the kind of bond that Kelsang Gyatso seeks from his followers.
NKT is afraid. Nick's book/music/film/painting sales could easily exceed those of NKT corporation. Nick's teaching abilities are a mortal threat to NKT. Nick and Lucy could become the culmination of westernized Buddhism teaching. This would be grave - a perceived existential threat - for NKT, so they threaten lawsuit in a blackmail letter distributed worldwide. NKT's public rebuke is a slap in the face...and in the soul.
Will Nick cancel his book plans as others have done when threatened by NKT? Will NKT extortion win again? Will anyone involved with Nick's book, including those who endorse the book, also become NKT targets for lawsuit threats?
Will anyone who sees the book be damned by NKT?
Stefan Killen, NIck's book designer, also designed these book covers about the Buddhist and message that NKT hate most (such books and messages are banned inside NKT, including any writings of any Buddhist Lama, eg Tsongkhapa and Atisha, who initiated Kadampa Buddhism)...
Notably, Nick Gillespie was an organizer of NKT protest rallies, claiming that Tibetan Buddhism was corrupt, the Dalai Lama is a Nazi and that NKT was the only pure form of Buddhism....all false claims by a cult based in England led by an ex-Tibetan promising fast-track enlightenment.
Quoting from a June 10, 1996 media report...
"THE SPOKESMAN WAS A LEAN, INTENSE YOUNG ENGLISHMAN NAMED NICK GILLESPIE, WHO READ ALOUD A LETTER HIS GROUP HOPED TO SEND TO THE DALAI LAMA. GILLESPIE -- READING THROUGH BULLHORN -- AS THE DALAI LAMA, YOU HOLD THE HIGHEST RELIGIOUS POSITION WITHIN TIBETAN BUDDHIST SOCIETY. BUT YOUR BEHAVIOR IS THE WORST BEHAVIOR IN BUDDHIST HISTORY."
The "worst behavior in Buddhist history" according to Nick while his associate Stefan Killen designs book covers celebrating the Dalai Lama, admired by hundreds of millions of Buddhists around the world, hundreds of Buddhist monasteries and organizations, the Nobel prize organization, thousands of academic researchers, thousands of book stores around the world, hundreds of newspapers and book publishers, over a billion non-Buddhists, and at least a hundred heads of state. Even an early book by Kelsang Gyatso praised the Dalai Lama, though removed it in a subsequent printing.
Oh how the pendulum swings with NKT. Praised one day, thrown out the next.
Indeed, NKT abuses even its strongest advocates with the adored blessing and plan of Kelsang Gyatso.