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E-sangha and the New Kadampa Tradition

The moderators of E-sangha have barred any positive comments about the New Kadampa Tradition, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso or Dorje Shugden from the site. However, they haven’t barred negative comments. They claim that the NKT is non-Buddhist. Apparently, it’s not only the New Kadampa Tradition that has had such experiences with E-sangha even though they claim to be a forum for all traditions of Buddhism.

From the blog In Pursuit of Mysteries:

E-sangha is a web forum that promotes itself as being for all Buddhists of all traditions of practice. It has a large base of users and, in fact, its number of users is large enough, over time, that the very number and amount of activity acts to pull in online Buddhists who hear about the site. In reality, E-sangha is a very unfriendly place for many Buddhists. It is run by a small junta of moderators with a bit of an iron fist (not even with the velvet glove!). This group brooks no disagreement with their beliefs or methods. Members of the forum who don’t toe the line with great alacrity for this collective are quickly and quietly banned from the site.

Members of the moderator junta claim that they do what they do for the sake of Buddhism and the spread of the Dharma. In their opinion, incorrect beliefs or doctrines lead to trouble and confusion so their discussion is not allowed, even to show that they are wrong.

From the New Kadampa Truth site:

Namdrol (Loppon Malcolm Smith), and the other moderators on E-Sangha have barred any positive discussion of NKT or Dorje Shugden on that supposedly ‘open’ and ‘non-sectarian’ Buddhist chat forum, the largest on the Internet, effectively labelling NKT as non-Buddhist. Criticism of NKT and Geshe Kelsang is always welcome though. Namdrol has posted many vituperative and irrational comments against the NKT and Dorje Shugden practitioners. He is also apparently a disciple of Namkhai Norbu. E-Sangha is currently being sued by Soto Zen priests who are also barred from E-Sangha for not fulfilling some of the doctrinal beliefs of the moderators of the site.

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