NKT thrives on ego. Its future depends on it. Its wealth depends on it. Its power depends on it. Its organizational ego depends on nurturing futile ego in its followers.
It creates protest rallies to market its purpose, the overthrow of the Dalai Lama as a leader of the Tibetan people and the best known and most respected Buddhist (the Dalai Lama is ranked ninth in the world for his leadership).
It sponsors ego-generating lectures, courses and retreats, selling baseless expertise in pop psychology.
At NKT, Tibetan Buddhism is corrupt and the Dalai Lama is a CIA plot and a Hitler reincarnate.
NKT claims rights to an ancient demon known as Shugden. It questions legitimacy of all who don't succomb to crazy Shugden mythology. This is all NKT is really known for.
NKT in a nutshell.
We were recently contacted...
"Please can you answer two simple questions to help clarify things for me?
1) Did the Dalai Lama ban the practice of Dorje Shugden or not, and if so has this created hardship for others?
2) What is the difference between you calling the Dalai Lama (a man) the embodiment of a Deity and NKT'ers holding the same reverence for their teacher.
Thanks in advance?"
The Dalai Lama is not a banner. He urges us not to pray to the Shugden demon. Some of his followers elect not to associate with demon followers just like many in society who elect not to associate with devil worshipers.
We find that ego generation generates hardship.
We are not 'followers' of the Dalai Lama. We consider the Dalai Lama an historical figure who, eg according to Fortune Magazine March 2014, "In an era that feels starved for leadership, we’ve found men and women who will inspire you — some famous, others little known, all of them energizing their followers and making the world better." We find no valid reason for a western business living off government subsidies (NKT) to protest anyone.
NKTers can propitiate anyone they want. We simply disagree with NKTers public assaults against Buddhism, the Dalai Lama and other Buddhist leaders, the media and NKT's followers who found the courage to leave NKT's harmful grasp.
NKT's ruining of lives and wasting of resources saddens us, though it is not our mission here to solve this misfortune. Perhaps, however, some will be helped in taking a fruitful path away from NKT.
Shugden is not a positive or helpful venture. Shugden is an emotional hateful 'theology' against disbelievers for political ends.
We sell nothing. We are not government subsidized.