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MISLEADING VENEER OF KADAMPA

Piety and artful surroundings coat NKT's inner lost existence.

NKT claims to follow in the footsteps of the revered Tibetan Lama Tsongkhapa (father of Tibet's New Kadampa or Gelug school), claims to be his purest lineage holders actually, though NKT abhors everything taught by him. Even his seminal books are nowhere to be found inside NKT. Tsongkhapa would not endorse NKT's campaign against Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism and even Tsongkhapa's own teachings. Few Tibetans endorse NKT's campaign.

NKT boasts on its web sites devotion to Atisha, father of Tibetan Kadampa Buddhism a few hundred years before its revival by Tsongkhapa.

For example, NKT quotes Atisha (though his writings too are nowhere to be found inside NKT)...

"Since you cannot become a Buddha merely by understanding Dharma, practise earnestly with understanding.

Avoid places that disturb your mind, and always remain where your virtues increase.

Until you attain stable realizations, worldly amusements are harmful, therefore abide in a place where there are no such distractions.

Avoid friends who cause you to increase delusions, and rely upon those who increase your virtue. This you should take to heart.

Since there is never a time when worldly activities come to an end, limit your activities.

Dedicate your virtues throughout the day and the night, and always watch your mind.

...Avoid all haughty, conceited, proud, and arrogant minds, and remain peaceful and subdued.

Avoid activities that are said to be meritorious, but which in fact are obstacles to Dharma.

Profit and respect are nooses of the maras, so brush them aside like stones on the path.

Words of praise and fame serve only to beguile us, therefore blow them away as you would blow your nose.

Since the happiness, pleasure, and friends you gather in this life last only for a moment, put them all behind you.

Since future lives last for a very long time, gather up riches to provide for the future.

You will have to depart leaving everything behind, so do not be attached to anything.

Generate compassion for lowly beings, and especially avoid despising or humiliating them.

Have no hatred for enemies, and no attachment for friends.

Do not be jealous of others' good qualities, but out of admiration adopt them yourself.

Do not look for faults in others, but look for faults in yourself, and purge them like bad blood.

Do not contemplate your own good qualities, but contemplate the good qualities of others, and respect everyone as a servant would.

See all living beings as your father or mother, and love them as if you were their child.

Always keep a smiling face and a loving mind, and speak truthfully without malice.

...If you engage in many meaningless activities your virtuous activities will degenerate, therefore stop activities that are not spiritual.

It is completely meaningless to put effort into activities that have no essence.

...Distracting enjoyments have no essence, therefore sincerely practise giving.

Always keep pure moral discipline for it leads to beauty in this life and happiness hereafter.

Since hatred is rife in these impure times, don the armour of patience, free from anger."

NKT preaches that it gets this message...

"The main reason we do not cherish all living beings is that we are so preoccupied with ourself, and this leaves very little room in our mind to appreciate others. If we wish to cherish others sincerely we have to reduce our obsessive self-concern. Why is it that we regard ourself as so precious, but not others? It is because we are so familiar with self-cherishing.

Since we regard our self or I as so very precious and important, we exaggerate our own good qualities and develop an inflated view of ourself.

It is often so painful to admit that we have faults that we make all manner of excuses rather than alter our exalted view of ourself. One of the most common ways of not facing up to our faults is to blame others.

Another reason why we do not regard others as precious is that we pay attention to their faults whilst ignoring their good qualities. Unfortunately we have become very skilled in recognizing the faults of others, and we devote a great deal of mental energy to listing them, analyzing them, and even meditating on them! With this critical attitude, if we disagree with our partner or colleagues about something, instead of trying to understand their point of view we repeatedly think of many reasons why we are right and they are wrong. By focusing exclusively on their faults and limitations we become angry and resentful, and rather than cherishing them we develop the wish to harm or discredit them. In this way small disagreements can easily turn into conflicts that simmer for months.

In Advice from Atisha's Heart it says:

Do not look for faults in others, but look for faults in yourself, and purge them like bad blood.

Do not contemplate your own good qualities, but contemplate the good qualities of others, and respect everyone as a servant would."

However, when it comes to its survivors and revered Tibetan Lamas, including the Dalai Lama, NKT does the opposite of Kadampa and New Kadampa Buddhism. It brags, it makes fun of, it castigates, it hates, it threatens, it protests, it mostly spews self cherishing on the Internet and it its centers. It is fundamentally materialistic, creating wealthy 'dharma' centers around the world.

Recently, an NKT supportive web site announced that the Dalai Lama was granted the 'Mother Theresa Award for Social Justice'.

According to this web site...

"In his address to the gathering, the Tibetan leader lauded India for its ancient tradition of Ahimsa (non-violence) and harmonious existence of various religious traditions for many years.

"India (is), I feel, the only country where major world religious traditions live together. Occasionally some problems happen, that's understandable, over billion human being, some mischievous people always there."

The Tibetan leader said India's tradition of Ahimsa and religious harmony is not only an ancient one but also very relevant even in today's world.

"So I myself lived in this country for 51 years, and I am carrying to various parts of the world these two messages, message of Ahimsa based on love and compassion, and message of religious harmony," said His Holiness."

Were there any congratulations? No. Only criticism and another advertisment for one of NKT's vile books, A Great Deception. And a silly question ... "So why was the Dalai Lama given this award?"

It is saddening that NKT has honed its craft to induce followers to waste their lives - often at great financial, emotional and family expense.

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