There is a new blog online tackling the website NKTWorld.org. The NKT World – Where there’s smoke…there’s arson! points out the many lies and misconceptions presented on NKTWorld.org.
Below are a couple quotes from the About US page:
The aim of this blog is to examine and clarify the more frequent assertions that NKTWorld.org makes about the New Kadampa Tradition, addressing the many misconceptions presented therein.
By constantly presenting issues in a biased and prejudiced fashion—especially putting their own ignorance in Geshe Kelsang’s mouth—NKTWorld.org’s real aim is merely to destroy people’s faith by any means necessary. It is nothing less than spiritual arson.
There are a couple of sites worth visiting regarding the Dalai Lama Controversy. Thomas Hochman, from Albuquerque, New Mexico wrote an interesting series of articles about the controversy and the site Heart Jewel – Standing up for the Middle Way has been redesigned. It’s looking sharp. Check out these sites if you haven’t already.
Published February 15, 2009
New Kadampa Cult Smear , New Kadampa Tradition
Tags: Buddhism, dalai lama, gelugpa, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, je phabongkhapa, New Kadampa Truth, robert thurman, Smear: NKT is a cult, tibetan buddhism
Part three of the articles on the New Kadampa Truth Blog about the history of the New Kadampa Tradition’s ‘cult’ smear has been up for a couple days now. This article highlights the Dalai Lama’s first publicized attacks on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and Je Phabongkhapa (one of the principal lineage Gurus of all modern day Gelugpas).
Part three also addresses the smears of the New Kadampa Tradition and Geshe Kelsang Gyatso published by Newsweek in 1997 in the article entitled Cult Mystery. The main body of which was based on interviews with the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman.
This combined with the Sera Expulsion Letter cemented in the minds of many Tibetan Buddhists the belief that the NKT was a cult. 1996 and 1997 were bad times for the NKT. Brave as they were to stand up to the Dalai Lama, their actions were misconstrued and the unfair smear of their being a cult began.
– The history of the New Kadampa Tradition’s ‘cult’ smear, Part 3
For previous installments:
The history of the New Kadampa Tradition’s ‘cult’ smear, Part 1
The history of the New Kadampa Tradition’s ‘cult’ smear, Part 2
The New Kadampa Truth blog has rolled out the first in a series of articles about the New Kadampa Tradition being labeled as a cult by supporters of the Dalai Lama. The ‘cult’ smear has probably been the most damaging smear to the reputation of the NKT even though there is no actual basis to support it. It’s wonderful that this series of articles is being published by the New Kadampa Truth team. May the truth prevail!
A quote from the article: The history of the New Kadampa Tradition’s ‘cult’ smear
Being accused of being a cult by someone who dislikes you is similar to being asked if you are still beating your wife every night. No matter what is said or not said in defence, the insinuation remains that you beat your wife. For simply addressing this topic, the NKT may be accused by the same detractors of being defensive (”they wouldn’t need to defend themselves if they weren’t in fact a cult!”); but we will take that risk. From the faultfinders’ point of view, we’re damned if we defend ourselves and damned if we don’t. Why not just ignore them? Because people surfing the Internet sometimes encounter the allegation that the NKT is a cult and then assume that the person who said this somehow knows something that they do not. They may then believe this and either stay away from the NKT or, if they are already in the NKT, anxiously ask themselves, “Oh no, am I in a cult?!”
Published January 15, 2009
New Kadampa Tradition
Tags: atisha, Buddhism, buddhist, dharma, fractals, gelugpa, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, kadampa, sectarian, sectarianism
Before Today, I never would have known that fractals could be useful in illustrating Atisha’s advice on how to gain the attainments of all deities through accomplishing the practice of just one. But the author of Heart Jewel (both the site and the blog) has presented a skillful refutation of the smear that the New Kadampa Tradition is sectarian by using a fractal illustration.
The NKT follows the middle way which avoids the extremes of sectarianism and eclecticism.
Extreme #1: One tradition is better than the other three (“one size fits all”), which leads to sectarianism.
Extreme #2: Four traditions are better than one (“I need all I can get”), which leads to eclecticism.
The Middle Way: (a) One tradition cannot accomplish everything for everybody (“different strokes for different folks”), which counters sectarianism. But, (b) one tradition can accomplish everything for you (“less is more”), which counters eclecticism.
– From the article: You Do the Math: Understanding Atisha’s Fractal Dharma
This is a beautiful video that someone added to Vimeo about the blessing ceremony at Kadampa Meditation Center France.
Two important posts about the New Kadampa Tradition have been posted on the New Kadampa Truth Blog in the last couple days. These posts refute the smears that the NKT has broken away from the Gelugpa tradition and the mainstream of Buddhism.
After reading these posts I was surfing the web and came across this quote from Jim Belither about Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and found these words inspiring to contemplate:
Through the kind efforts and pure wishes of our Venerable Teacher, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the sun of Je Tsongkhapa’s Kadam Dharma, having risen from behind the Eastern Snow Mountains, now radiates to many countries throughout the world. Through the pure thoughts and actions of Kadampa Buddhists, now and in the future, may the teachings, example and blessings of the Buddha and Je Tsongkhapa continue to remain and flourish for the greater good and happiness of all beings. – Jim Belither
The posts are below:
Are NKT practitioners real Gelugpas?
Has the NKT broken away from the mainstream?