New Kadampa Truth – Fighting the Smears

The purpose of this blog is to help refute the smears of the New Kadampa Tradition. This site is also open to discussion and debate. However, if your comments promote anger toward to NKT, or toward the individuals who are responsible for the smears, they will not be posted. Peaceful and well-thought-out comments only please.

Please take the time to check out this new site which refutes the lies which have been spread all over the internet mainly by a handful of individuals.

www.newkadampatruth.org

From the home page of New Kadampa Truth:

“For over 10 years Kadampa Buddhism in the West in the form of the New Kadampa Tradition ~ International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) has been subject to a great number of false allegations. The purpose of this website is to try and respond to these with facts and the truth.

This website is needed because New Kadampa Tradition students and teachers have been accused of being spirit worshippers and cultists, even murderers. They have been accused of destroying the health and lives of others, even of causing the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Britain. They have been heckled and shouted at, barred from other Tibetan Buddhist organizations and online Buddhist forums, spat at, and threatened. Their locations have been cancelled, their Centers vandalized, their publicity torn down or defaced. Some Tibetan practitioners wear protective ribbons, chant, and make mudras (hand gestures) merely upon encountering a Kadampa. The same negative gossip and insinuation is repeated again and again on the Internet until people come to believe it, largely due to the untiring work of several individuals engaged in a smear campaign, who acknowledge that they would like the New Kadampa Tradition to be destroyed. Websites plagiarizing the name of the tradition store defamatory and divisive material, even though this material is prejudiced or was discredited years ago.”

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6 Responses to “New Kadampa Truth – Fighting the Smears”


  1. 1 wisdomfire July 5, 2008 at 4:11 am

    Please do not comment until you have become familiar with the content of newkadampatruth.org

  2. 2 emily July 5, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Please do not comment unless you have personal experience of these ‘truths’ and are not just paying ‘lip service’ to teachings you have heard at your centre. Speak honestly and with respect.

  3. 3 Phil July 5, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    It is a positive development that the NKT has created a public statement of its stance on these controversial issues. Now there is a more clearly defined record of the beliefs and standards of behavior for Kadampa practitioners. But is it necessary to point fingers and slander critics of the NKT? These personal attacks look more like mud-slinging than truth-telling.

  4. 4 wisdomfire July 5, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Dear Phil,

    I’d like to make it clear that this is an unofficial blog. I’m not one of the creators of newkadampatruth.org. But, I think you bring up an interesting point that should be discussed.

    First of slander, by dictionary terms: Slander is an untruthful oral (spoken) statement about a person that harms the person’s reputation or standing in the community.

    It would appear to me that the statements about those behind the lies are based on factual evidence. But if there is any information on newkadampatruth.org that is not factual it definately should be removed. Please use the email on the website if you are certain that there are untruthful statements on the site.

    With regard to pointing fingers, I think it’s important that the general Buddhist community is aware that it is mainly 6 individuals responsible for the majority of smears (lies) on the internet about the NKT. These smears have been refuted many times, but they continue to spread them all over the internet.

    Should the NKT just let individuals like Tenzin Peljor spread lies all over the internet without doing anything about it? Their intentions are to destroy the New Kadampa Tradition. If they would just carry on with their own practices and focus on their own tradition there would be no problem.

  5. 5 happynkter July 7, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    To Phil and others,

    I admit that I also had my concerns when I read the profiles. However, I think that people have a right to know who they are receiving their information from.

    If you were standing on the street corner and someone gave you a random religious tract, you would take the information therein with a grain of salt. You don’t know the person — they are a stranger to you — and so you do not know what their motivation is or whether or not they are trustworthy.

    The internet is one giant street corner, and it seems that everyone wishes to convince us of their view, and everyone has an agenda. Personally, I want to know the source of the information I am receiving, so that I can more accurately sort it into piles of “I agree,” “I disagree,” or “I am not sure.”

    Knowing that the source of a post a Buddhist monk, for example, who certainly seems to spend more time on the internet than at his studies, is helpful information for me because it calls into doubt the sincerity of his practice, and therefore the accuracy of his advice. Knowing that the person who started a so-called “survivor’s” forum is potentially mentally unwell is likewise helpful in assessing whether or not I want to take fully on-board his perception of his experiences.

    Therefore I do not see it as character assassination. I see it as useful information that will help others as they navigate the normally anonymous world of the internet.

    Another question that arises as I read these profiles is: “What in the world are Buddhists, who of all people should recognize that different people follow different paths due to karmic inclination, doing in so vocally lambasting the religious beliefs of others?” As an organization, the NKT has never forced its beliefs on others or lambasted others’ beliefs. All it has ever done is defend its own right to exist.

    Can the same be said of these other “Buddhists”, who for years have been aggressively defaming the NKT, and trying to “convert” others to their point of view?

    For these reasons, I believe that calling into question the credentials of these heretofore anonymous individuals, after many long years of just ignoring them, is an extremely gentle response.

    I thank the creators of these websites for their courage, for no doubt things will still get worse before they get better.

  6. 6 Adam July 11, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Tenzin himself says that he’s fine with the NKT publishing this profile of him, and says that he respects the NKT’s right to defend itself. He told me this when I was debating with him on Triple Gem web-site.

    I don’t know about the others, but I would hope that they would recognise this as a fair and proportionate response.


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