A couple years ago, Kelsang Gyatso wrote his followers...
"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."
Kelsang Pema dutifully went on a worldwide attack campaign against the Dalai Lama on behalf of NKT, calling him and his supporters liars and hypocrites (all the while NKT falsely claimed it had nothing to do with it attempting to fool the press that Kelsang Pema was only representing the Western Shugden Society, which is essentially a shell company for NKT politics and press relations).
Kelsang Pema's alleged point....she wanted religious freedom for NKT from the Dalai Lama. Nonsense, because NKT claims to be entirely independent from the Dalai Lama. Certainly, NKT adheres to little the Dalai Lama teaches.
While relatively few worship NKT's Shugden idol, NKT, headquartered in England, is free to do so regardless of any preferences or analyses of the Dalai Lama or anyone else.
Furthermore, NKT makes clear that it is neither a Tibetan form of religion nor a subject of the Tibetan Government in Exile under the Dalai Lama. Interestinly, many NKT followers side with China's overthrow of the Dalai Lama and Tibet during the 1950s. China is also using Shugden as a wedge against the rule of Tibet by the Dalai Lamas for over 400 years.
Thus, Tibetan preferences against NKT's Shugden idol are irrelevant to NKT...except as as a 'Shugden' wedge pertains to a long dispute of Kelsang Gyatso, NKT's cult founder. Since about 1990, Kelsang Gyatso has castigated Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan views which are mostly against the Tibetan demon spirit, Shugden (which seems to have taken an even darker turn as promoted by NKT in the West).
(for a sample of Tibetan views of NKT's battle against the Dalai Lama, see this previous page)
(in official documents, NKT refers to Kelsang Pema as Helen Gladwell, as she does herself in letters to government agencies, possibly as a way to distance NKT from its political campaign funded in part with taxpayer subsidies)
Pema orchestrating the media
Pema resting her megaphone
(Kelsang Gyatso's latest replacement, Kelsang Dekyong is waving an orange hat; a couple of months ago, Kelsang Khyenrab, the first to actually takeover NKT from the retired Kelsang Gyatso stepped down (previous heirs were tossed by Kelsang Gyatso after their sexual abuse scandals finally became public knowledge))
Towards the end of this video, Pema and the other NKT 'nun' display NKT's manifesto against the Dalai Lama, The Tibetan Situation Today . Pema says, "we are not under him," (the Dalai Lama). Pema also says she has no leader behind her campaign....even though Kelsang Gyatso, NKT's founder assigned her the task virtually entirely at NKT expense and subsidized in part by taxpayers.
A couple days ago, NKT issued this statement...
"Bulletin: New NKT-IKBU Temple & KMC Development Director Kelsang Pema has been asked to step down as NKT-IKBU Temple & KMC Development Director by the Directors of the Charity because she was no longer performing all the functions of her office in accordance with the Internal Rules."
Pema was violating in some way NKT's infamous internal rules.
Which one, which ones?
"12§3. As the moral discipline guides, the Education Council Representatives shall concentrate on the following three steps:
(a) becoming aware of any breach of moral discipline or of these Internal Rules which has occurred, principally regarding
(i) Dharma Centres,
(ii) ordained Sangha,
(iii) Resident Teachers and
(iv) practitioners living in NKT-IKBU Dharma Centres.
When any such problem is recognised, the Education Council Representatives should:
(b) ask and encourage the Dharma Centre or individuals involved to stop their inappropriate behaviour. If they do not agree to change their behaviour accordingly:
(c) report the problem to the Directors of the NKT-IKBU Charity, and then implement any practical solution that the Directors may require."
Another NKT moral problem of some sort?
According to an NKT monk,
"Pema started with a really good motivation and tried her best but somewhere along the line things went wrong. Power sharing is the main external protection against the corruptive influence that power can have, and it will help protect the people at the top from losing their pure motivation."
NKT's historical lack of transparency and denial of facts will need to settle before we find out.