(GKG refers to 'Geshe' Kelsang Gyatso, NKT's founder)
The NKT has all the characteristics of a cult.
The leader is always right
It's blasphemy to question GKG. He knows all, and sees all. The NKT
teaches he is a Buddha, the one and only one living today. Not many
people will go against the wishes of a Buddha, so when people are told
'Geshe-la says: it's best not to mix with other traditions, or read
books with other teachers,' most in the NKT do as they're told. The NKT
makes GKG out to be god like. Even making such statements that he
visits each NKT center several times a day. I was told he doesn't even
need to fly on planes to get to empowerments. He can just magically
appear. I was also taught if I place all my faith in Geshe-la I would
not only have a fortunate rebirth so would my family. The NKT uses the
mystical Geshe-la to have complete control of it's practitioners. Some
who have dared to question his authority have been banned from their
center. I for one had deep guilt when I saw faults in Geshe-la. I just
knew I would go to hell for it.
As stated above people who have dared to question GKG have been banned
from their center. Not just GKG but also their resident teacher. A lot
of which where committing sexual misconduct, but those who so dared to
report their teacher where more than likely the ones who got into
trouble. They where often told not to tell anyone or they may lose
faith. But more often then not they where told something along the
lines that they are the ones with the problems. You see GKG chose those
teachers to teach on his behalf. He is a Buddha, so he knows what's
best and has no faults. If you see faults in your resident teacher, you
are seeing faults in a Buddha. In other words all the blame should be
placed on the one seeing faults. Not the one screwing everything he can
get his hands on. It's not wise to ask questions in the NKT. Like for
instance saying you disagree with something GKG has said. Or making a
remark you don't like how your center is operated. You'd most likely
get a reply that Geshe-la has made the rules, and he knows what's best.
The whole world is against us
The whole world is against the NKT. I was pretty much lead to believe
I'm a Jew, and HH the Dalai Lama is Hitler. The NKT teaches they have
Pure Dharma, but to make matters worse there are people who are trying
to destroy it. Namely the Dalai Lama and the FPMT. I was lead to
believe that HH the Dalai Lama had the power to ban Buddha's and even
enter peoples centers and remove Dolgyal statues. I was taught that the
FMPT was trying their best to destroy the NKT, and will even take it
over after the death of GKG. All of this left me paranoid, and I felt
it was my duty to protect the NKT's pure Dharma at all cost. I debated
against HH the Dalai Lama and of course I made a lot of donations to
the NKT to protect it from the people who are trying to destroy it.
No one else is right
I was taught only the NKT has pure Dharma. I was taught only the path
set forth by GKG leads to enlightenment. All other Buddhist traditions
were corrupt, especially Tibetan traditions because they are supposedly corrupted with
Since people are trying to destroy the NKT's pure Dharma, there's no
better cause then donating to it, and it's growth. The NKT gives to no
other charity then the International Temples Project. I was asked all
the time to make a donation with a promise if I did I would always have
Dharma not only in this life, but all my future lives to come. Just
touching a NKT built Buddhist temple would lead to a higher rebirth so
my teacher claimed. I donated all that I could. I also paid my centers
rent in the summer time while my teacher was away doing TTP. I felt
honored to do it. I was after all giving the gift of pure Dharma to all
living beings. I was even asked to take out a loan and donate the money
to my center. Thankfully I never did that. One person at my center was
not so fortunate. She gave my center a credit card under her name.
After my center folded she was left with thousands of dollars to pay
out of her pocket. Other people have given their life savings, and even
their homes to the NKT. They more than likely did so believing in the
NKT cause - to purportedly give and protect pure Dharma.
Using fear and intimidation
If you question GKG you will burn eons in hell. If you see faults in
GKG, the NKT, your resident teacher, etc you have an impure mind, which
can only lead to the lower realms. If you say anything bad against the
NKT you will be taken to court. If you stray from the path GKG has set
forth for you, you'll also burn in hell for that. No wonder those of us
who get the courage to leave have a lot of fear at first. We're even
afraid to tell people what our experience was like practicing with the
cult, because if we did the NKT and its lawyers would sue us. The NKT
installs fear into it's practitioners. It works very well I might add.
All of the above will do just that. I was so brainwashed I needed my
teachers permission to vote. I did what was expected of me, as the
brainwashed Kadampa that I was. I believed the world was out to destroy
the NKT with a passion. To the point I used to pray to Dolgyal to
protect the NKT from the mean ol' Dalai Lama. I was so brainwashed I
felt the NKT was the only family I needed. As a result I neglected my
family and friends.
All of this and more is what makes the NKT harmful.
Editor's note: Videos available near the bottom of other pages in this web site visually depict what this essay is sharing. Just another Fundamentalist and Diseased. Regarding the recurring theme from NKT about lawsuits, see NKT Summer Festival.