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SOME SANITY

A date to remember, March 26, 2009.

NKT provided a sanity glimpse on one of its web sites.

Though NKT erroneously claims:

"The New Kadampa Tradition is not different from other spiritual organizations..." (yes it is)

"The bad reputation the NKT has received from the Dalai Lama’s words and actions has proved a rallying point for diverse criticism of the NKT" (NKT itself has created its bad reputation; compared to NKT's protests around the world, many web sites and thousands of blog posts against the Dalai Lama, the Dalai Lama has said virtually nothing about NKT)

"their (survivors of NKT's cult) unquestioning worship of the Dalai Lama as a God King, and “overall leader of all Buddhist traditions on this earth"" (NKT survivors do not worship the Dalai Lama as a god, as a king or as the overall leader of all Buddhist traditions; in contrast, NKTites worship Gyatso as a god (the third Buddha) and the only leader of purportedly the only pure tradition)

remarkably, NKT goes on to say,

"many people who try it out do not stay...

some have jumped to the conclusion that their own difficulty is part of a far larger pattern – and that, although they appreciated the NKT before, they have only just realized that they have always been part of an abusive spirit-worshipping sectarian cult...

This is not to say that the NKT~IKBU has not made mistakes because of course it has...

it accepts and is sorry for its mistakes and is trying its best to learn from these, hence the Internal Rules and its many edicts for ensuring harmony, democracy and pure behavior...

the succession of General Spiritual Director (GSD) has completely changed so that there can be no repeat of a build-up of power in any one individual...

the NKT~IKBU has been able to see its faults and strive to remove them. As the old saying goes, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! As Geshe Kelsang has advised on the subject of criticism: check whether what is said is true or not. If it is true, accept and learn from it gratefully. If the criticism is not true, it is still true that we have the basic fault of self-cherishing, so we can still appreciate that person for criticizing us and use it as a reminder to reduce self-cherishing...

their (NKT's and Gyatso's) opposition to the behavior of the singularly famous head of Tibet has provided a rallying cry and justification for diverse detractors...

The NKT wishes to divest itself of Tibetan cultural accretions and especially Tibetan politics...

...as the NKT...moves ever more steadily away from Tibetan politics and the vortex of the Dalai Lama to become an increasingly autonomous, non-political and democratic Western Mahayana Buddhist organization, Kadampa students have also had to wisen up...

From the point of view of learning from criticism, the NKT has benefited from the focus of the New Kadampa Survivors chat group. Certainly, it has no objection to it existing and, if it helps some people, that is also good...

It is hard to imagine this group arising if the NKT had remained under the umbrella of Tibetan Buddhism and the authority of the Dalai Lama and kept his pictures on their walls...

Perhaps there has been some relief for certain members as they have been able to voice their grievances and find sympathy...

It seems that most people on Survivors joined in 2008 as they were disillusioned by the Western Shugden Society’s demonstrations against the Dalai Lama’s ban, and/or by Samden’s and/or Lodro’s disrobings. In the latter case, this disillusionment is quite understandable...

Tenzin Peljor deserves a mention here since he was the first to appear on the group straight after Dave had posted his first messages in 2007, suggesting he made the group public so everyone could find it; and since then has been a frequent poster and self-appointed spiritual advisor to the survivors, painstakingly ensuring that no one forgets how dreadful the NKT is and how wonderful (non-Shugden) Tibetan teachers and groups are by contrast...

Some managers or teachers in the NKT have engaged in inappropriate or over-bearing behavior due perhaps to delusions, worldly concerns, poor people skills, over-enthusiasm, or failing to put the essential teachings on cherishing others into practice..."

Hopefully, this is progress.

The more that NKT reduces its self cherishing, the better for us all.