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NKT World VS Reality

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.

Dharmaprotector.org and the Dalai Lama Controversy

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.

Tenzin Peljor, Editor in Chief

Today, Tenzin Peljor added a post on his blog about fundamentalism in Buddhism. He copied a statement from the Wikipedia article on the fundamentalism page about Buddhism. Just today, there was an edit on the fundamentalism page of Wikipedia and the section about the Dorje Shugden controversy and the New Kadampa Tradition was added (see the history). Interestingly, the section contains a lot of content from Tenzin Peljor’s favorite book ‘Buddhism in Britain’ by David N. Kay. I found a lot of coincidences here. So I looked to see if any other similar edits were made on Wikipedia with the same IP address (79.171.63.246). All of the edits from that IP address were made to pages related to the New Kadampa Tradition and the Dorje Shugden controversy.  So I looked it up to find out the location of the IP address online. The IP address is based in Italy. Tenzin Peljor is currently in Italy studying on the FPMT Master Study Program.

Does anyone other than me think that the mysterious editor of this page on fundamentalism is Tenzin Peljor?

Tenzin says this about the new addition to Wikipedia on his blog:

The section of the Wikipedia article on fundamentalism regarding Buddhism has been repeatedly deleted – probably by followers of the NKT – however the quotes and material are based on reliable sources and the section is balanced.

This section did not exist on the fundamentalism page before today. This is obvious, by looking at the history of the pages edits. This section is also very unbalanced since the author is just trying to spread negative views about the NKT on the internet. David Kay (Tenzin’s source) has a disgruntled history with the NKT. His book is not a nuetral or reliable source. Tenzin Peljor is the author of at least two thirds of the smears of the NKT on the web.

New Kadampa Truth Blog

The official New Kadampa Truth Blog went live today with responses to Nathaniel Whiteman’s 31 Reasons for Leaving the NKT. The official blog will function to refute new smears that don’t really fit into the format of the New Kadampa Truth site.

Not long ago, a young man called Nathaniel Whiteman posted 31 allegations against the NKT on various Internet sites – all reasons, he said, for leaving the NKT. He created his own blog and repeated them there, from whence they have spread to other anti-NKT blogs or websites. He wrote to New Kadampa Truth saying that he would remove them or change them on his blog if he got replies. – New Kadampa Truth Blog Read the full article

More Lies from Tenzin Peljor and Associates

Tenzin Peljor recently posted a message on his blog which included a message from a member of the New Kadampa Survivors forum who claimed to be giving the inside story from the NKT Summer Festival. Most of what is said could be easily refuted by anyone who was at the Summer Festival. So these kinds of posts, only serve to further discredit the integrity of Tenzin Peljor and his smear campaign. 

The anonymous author claims that there were posters promoting the Western Shugden Society protests in Nantes, France all over the walls everywhere. Here’s a quote about the posters that were supposedly everywhere:

On mobile cooking points, walls and outbuildings. Even on the temple wall. The chapel was used as a meeting point. Even more posters! The walls were covered as were the doors and tables! – New Kadampa Survivors member

This person sounds like they were almost buried in posters. I had the great fortune to attend the Summer Festival (both weeks). I saw only about a dozen posters around Manjushri Centre, and as a matter of fact, the chapel in the priory was used for Festival registration. So this individual is clearly confused. The most bogus claim made is that the members of the Western Shugden Society are prepared to use violence against the Dalai Lama and that they are very angry. Another quote:

Some told me they were prepared to use violence. Hatred? Why? Geshe-la wants us to win at all costs. Confusion? They have truly been poisoned. [..] – New Kadampa Survivors member

Anyone who has attended a Western Shugden Society protest is aware that anyone who displays anger or malicious intentions would not be allowed to participate in the demonstrations. Before each protest, everyone attending makes a promise in writing to conduct themselves in a peaceful and respectful manner.

It’s great that Tenzin Peljor is posting this kind of material from the New Kadampa Survivors group so that outsiders can have a peek at the quality of the content of this forum. It is understandible that many of the people who join this group, hoping to derive some therapeutic benefits from the discussions held, quickly unsubscribe describing the group as “toxic”.

HappyNKTer said it best:

So there’s not a doubt in my mind that some people have had bad NKT experiences — just in the same way that Catholics, Baptists, Anglicans, Methodists, Jews, Muslims, and others have had bad experiences with their own religious tradition.  But to create a forum whose main aim is to spend so much time blaming others and dwelling in negativity… well, they have every right to do that.  I hope it brings them the happiness they seek.

New Kadampa Survivors Yahoo Group

It appears that the main function of the New Kadampa Survivors group is to gather a large group of people together on the internet who have negative minds toward the New Kadampa Tradition and increase their negativity.  If you try to post a neutral or positive comment in this Yahoo Group it will not be posted. David Cutshaw will send you a response saying “you don’t understand the purpose of this group”. It is clear, that if no neutral or positive comments are allowed, that the only purpose of this group is to increase negativity toward the NKT.

Below is an explanation of how the New Kadampa Survivors Yahoo Group originated from the New Kadampa Truth website.

David Cutshaw:David is the owner of New Kadampa Survivors, is not known to be an FPMT student but he was adversely affected by them (see below).

David began attending classes at an NKT branch in Asheville, North Carolina. As David himself has said on various public forums, he has long suffered from bouts of mental illness, depression and irrational anger. He wrote to Geshe Kelsang about these problems and received some advice. He also received support from his teacher and the Sangha who would visit him in hospital. David attended the Kadampa teachings for three to four years and seemed to enjoy them and the friendship of the Sangha. However, he stopped attending the Center in 2005 after being told by FPMT students that Dorje Shugden was an evil spirit – arguably an irresponsible and cruel thing to say to someone in a vulnerable, suggestible state of mind.

He was a prolific contributor to NKT Chat and expressed his concerns there. In response he received help and encouragement from his fellow NKT Sangha and seemed to be coming to terms with the issue, but then he discovered E-Sangha and read many negative postings about the NKT and Dorje Shugden(many posted by Thubten Gonpo and Tenzin Peljor). His mind changed and he started to post very critical comments about the NKT on E-Sangha, talking about ‘the cult’ and speaking of Geshe Kelsang and other Kadampa teachers in very harsh terms. By claiming to speak authoritatively as an ‘insider’, and because he was no longer involved with the NKT, David found an attentive audience eager to help him ‘rehabilitate’ after his ‘terrible’ experiences with the NKT cult.

David then went on to found the New Kadampa Survivors site. He has moderated that group closely, seeming to seek attention from the people who post on it by claiming the things they say as part of his own experience too and then building on it. Maybe this is true for many Internet chat groups that develop a strange life of their own, but David never allows any pro-NKT comment (or even neutral ones) to be posted. When any friendly NKT remarks do inadvertently slip through, he attacks the sender, or cancels their membership by saying the group is not meant for “NKT propaganda”.

David allows personal and private correspondence to be posted on the chat group against the law and the wishes of the individuals concerned. Yahoo! wanted him to tone the chat group down after they discovered the hate mongering, bad language and campaigning. He was unrepentant and said he would move all the postings to an MSN site for safe-keeping. He also uploaded a defamatory storage document called “NKT Media Files”, stored on the survivors’ site; and he supports every Survivor campaign against the NKT — such as writing negative Amazon book reviews focusing on the NKT rather than the book.

Although the NKT has never claimed to be perfect and definitely makes mistakes, the NKT of David Cutshaw’s Survivors group is not recognizable to most NKT students or their families. Nevertheless, many individuals who come to the Survivors’ group (a great number of whom have heard that the NKT are spirit worshippers or cultists and are trying to find out more) believe David’s repeated lies, start to doubt, and then lose their faith entirely because they are unaware of the source of and motivation behind the postings.

Tenzin Peljor:Until recently Peljor was very active on the New Kadampa Survivors’ site where he could be seen clearly to manipulate people to cause them to lose their faith, and siding with David Cutshaw to encourage worse and worse verbal attacks on the NKT. Now Tenzin mainly acts as a recruiter for the New Kadampa Survivors group. He posts links to the New Kadampa Survivors group on several of his websites that contain extremely negative smears of the NKT.

Smear: Manjushri Institute was Stolen from the FPMT

This smear is mainly spread by Tenzin Peljor. He’s stated this smear on several websites including Wikipedia under the name Kt66. Finally, a detailed explanation of how the Manjushri Institute separated from the FPMT is available on the internet for anyone who is confused about this history of events.

The refutation of this smear from the New Kadampa Truth website:

Truth: Geshe Kelsang was the first Resident Teacher at Manjushri Institute. He later accepted Lama Yeshe’s request for him to step down and had made plans to return to India and then to live at Madhyamaka Centre in York. However, the community at Manjushri all petitioned him to stay.

The community of Manjushri Institute wished to save their building, Conishead Priory, from being sold to make funds available for suspect business dealings in Hong Kong. This meant they needed to separate from the FPMT. On the other hand, they wished Lama Yeshe to stay as their Spiritual Director. After continual discussions on how to solve the problem, also involving two representatives from the Dalai Lama, the Institute’s managers – then called the ‘Priory Group’ – decided to take steps to separate Manjushri Institute from FPMT.

Read the full article about the smear: Geshe Kelsang Stole Manjushri Institute from FPMT