Samsara refers to the condition of beings who have not yet attained liberation, whose existence is still governed by belief in a 'self' or 'ego'. Those still within samsara are thus blindly driven, through the root defilements of passion, aggression, and delusion, to defend and aggrandize the 'selves' that they think they possess.
There are other realms of being that stand outside of samsara. These are the pure realms, characterized by enlightenment. In the pure lands, everyone has an abundance of compassion and understanding. All live with peerless motivation. The boundless temporal and spatial vistas reveal the fragility, brevity, and ultimate futility of human life, taken on its own terms.
The pure lands are said to be innumerable and to exist throughout space and time.
There are other places understood as being on a higher spiritual level than the samsaric realm. One such place well known to Tibetans is the Potala, a sacred mountain and earthly home of Avalokiteshvara.
In Tibet, the Dalai Lama's winter residence was called the Potala in recognition of his identity as a human incarnation of Avalokiteshvara.
We humans are one part of a vast, interconnected web of relationships with all other inhabitants of the cosmos. We have their lives and their specific destinies written within us. Every experience we have as a sentient being remains indelibly within us as subliminal memory, imprinted on our inmost consciousness, that part of us which goes from birth to birth.
In addition, we are deeply connected with all the various enlightened beings who pervade space and time.
The essence of Tibetan Buddhism is communication with the awakened ones - departed masters, bodhisattvas, buddhas, and so on. We call them to mind, open our hearts to them, and receive their blessings.
(the above text is selected from Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism
This is the Buddhist's path, a journey to realize attainments with various hurdles and inspirations influencing our evolution toward complete wisdom and compassion.
Many of us choose a life committed to cherishing others over cherishing ourselves.
Many of us choose a life committed to cherishing ourselves over cherishing others.
Intentionally or not, we decide to help or hinder our evolution and to inspire or inhibit others.
NKT has chosen to be a hurdle rather than an inspiration, quick to defend its business of promoting its theology of egotistical arrogance, self cherishing and anger.
NKT's energies are directed at undermining a human incarnation of Avalokiteshvara, the Dalai Lama. At its 'religious' festivals, NKT recruits protestors and busses them to nearby teaching events of the Dalai Lama. In its publications, NKT calls the Dalai Lama an evil liar who is corrupting Buddhism and is a reckless Tibetan leader who needed to be overthrown and needs to be discredited by the communist Chinese government.
NKT is doing everything it can to protect its anger god, Shugden. NKT has effectively become an attack machine, using protests, web sites and blog posts to enforce everyone's duty to NKT's 'brand' of Shugdenism.
In the process, NKT has devastated many of its clergy and members, disserving them further by attacking them with web sites and blog posts when they attempt through sharing their experiences with NKT to help others from experiencing similar adverse fates from NKT's ill will.
Remaining NKTites should ask themselves, is it worth it?
Wouldn't living compassion attain greater benefit than intensifying your perceived self satisfaction?
Wouldn't it be better to practice what Buddha Shakyamuni taught rather than invent harmful folklore to worship and to rationalize punishing others?
This recent assessment of NKT and its political arm, the Western Shugden Society (WSS), is 'spot on',
"The perverse attitude of WSS/NKT is a manifestation of the ambivalence they feel about being freaks in western society, they are just the new hare krishnas, people generally regard them as odd, to say the least. This creates a sort of cognitive dissonance in themselves: even though they bear Tibetan names and wear imitation Tibetan costumes, it feels good to lash out at the group they know they can never be and secretly despise. So the culture of NKT has festered into an anti-Tibetan enclave. They fancy themselves as scholars but they are simply deluded, neither here nor there."