The New York Times recently described the NKT as a “militant sectarian” group who “stalk the Dalai Lama” wherever he goes, and Reuters has exposed the NKT as a religious sect which has been “co-opted by China in a global effort to smear the Dalai Lama”.
*The NKT are not recognized by any mainstream Buddhist organizations.*
The New Kadampa Tradition is a renegade quasi Buddhist organization whose stated aim is to destroy the reputation and credibility of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Their members follow His Holiness from place to place, accusing him of being a liar, of being a hypocrite, of being the “false” Dalai Lama. They have proven ties to the Chinese Government who share the same goals as the NKT – namely to destroy the Dalai Lama and cause dissent and confusion amongst the Tibetan people. The NKT oppose the Dalai Lama because he has advised his followers not to propitiate Shugden. The NKT say their religious freedom is being taken away from them. This is obviously untrue as they are free to worship whomever they choose.
The Spiritual Leader of the Canadian NKT, a western “monk” who calls himself “Kelsang Khyenrab” (this mans real name is Steve Booth) dresses in Tibetan robes and takes a Tibetan name but in fact he has nothing to do with Tibetan Buddhism. “Khyenrab” is one of the most outspoken and aggressive critics of His Holiness.
For many of them there will be a time, hopefully not too far into the future, when they will look back on themselves behaving like this with disbelief and shame, that they were ever foolish enough to be duped into doing it.