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At the age of 8 in 1939, a young boy was given the name Kelsang Gyatso as he became a novice monk. He grew in his Buddhism for many years. He became a fine teacher. His last monastery, Sera Je, is the principle seat of Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhism.

Kelsang Gyatso studied, practiced and like many Gelugpa Buddhists of Tibet found Kadampa Buddhism particularly appealing.

Atisha and then Tsongkhapa gave us Kadampa Buddhism. It has two principle foci, reinvigoration of monastic vows and Lamrim (stages to the path of enlightenment). Kadampa Lamrim is an elaboration of Atisha's 11th-century root text 'A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment'.

But worldly ego overpowered Kelsang Gyatso. He believed he knew better than Atisha and Tsongkhapa, Tibetan Buddhism in general and even Buddha Shakyamuni.

He abandoned them, and during the 1980s took a dark turn to create what he called a 'new tradition', a pure-but-megalomaniacal fake tradition, to be the sole, militant and fake protector of Tsongkhapa. (Tsongkhapa needs no protector)

In essence, he relinquished Kelsang and Buddhism. Instead, he appropriates Buddhism for marketing a cult and what has become a successful business.

Gyatso discarded his Buddhist vows as well as Tsongkhapa's vows for monastics, creating instead his own, demanding above all – cultist loyalty. And Gyatso decided his 'new tradition' would ban the prolific writings of Tsongkhapa and all other Buddhist writers from his 'new tradition'. Gyatso even bans Atisha's 'A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment', the basis of Kadampa Lamrim and Tibetan Kadampa Buddhism. Only Gyatso's interpretations would be taught and required to be followed or else. The genuine sources were cast out.

In 1991, Gyatso instituted NKT corporation, which would amass great real estate wealth, create fake monks and nuns and in 1996 begin a vile public campaign around the world against Tibetan Buddhism armed with protest rallies, manifestos and Internet bluster.

Gyatso sells himself as the purest defender of Tsongkhapa. False. Gyatso opposes Tsongkhapa's monastic vows and disallows Tsongkhapa's prolific writings, and thus virtually all of Tsongkhapa's teachings.

Sera Je Monastery said this about Gyatso in August 1996...

"It is a measure of profound sorrow that a so called “Geshe” Kelsang Gyatso and his English supporters have embarked upon a ruthless smear campaign to tarnish the International stature of His Holiness The Dalai Lama in the name of alleged “religious persecution”. It is nothing short of blasphemy in the eyes of the overwhelming majority of the six million Tibetans...These days, [in Kelsang Gyatso] the demonic cloud of overwhelming arrogance displays itself with a mass of deluded pride, like a bat who thinks he is above the sky…This demon with broken commitments…. burns with the flame of unbearable spite towards the unsurpassed omniscient 14th Dalai Lama, the only staff of life of religious people in Tibet, whose activities and kindness are equal to the sky...He is not even a Geshe. The so called “third Buddha” is a figment of imagination conjured up by his fawning desciples as a propaganda tool to attract more people to his centre and that it should not go to his head...We have therefore stripped him of his membership from our Sera Jhe Dratsang since the holy scriptures have clearly prescribed to evict such apostates who will foul the Sanga community’s spiritual purity and serenity and will have a negative influence for the whole community...(referring to Gyatso)...Possessed by a terrible demon, without shame, embarrassment, or modesty, he doesn't have even the slightest care or concern for any of the commitments of the three vows [pratimoksha, bodhicitta, and tantric] which he undertook."

Gyatso sells himself as a Tibetan Geshe. False. Gyatso never earned or was awarded this degree. He awarded it to himself.

Gyatso sells himself as a Buddhist. False. He abandoned his Buddhist vows decades ago.

Gyatso sells his monks and nuns as legitimate Buddhist monastics. False. They do not take the vows of Tsongkhapa or those of Buddhists or Buddhist monastics for 2,500 years.

Gyatso sells his westernized weaponized version of Shugden, a satanic deity of an extremist sect in Tibet that was unknown to Shakyamuni Buddha, Atisha and Tsongkhapa.

Shugden was invented after their death to harm disbelievers in this extremist sect; Shugden was invoked for the brutal murders of 3 close associates of the Dalai Lama; Shugden is also invoked to attack essayists on this web site with pornographic assaults and death threats.

Gyatso's 'new tradition' is, therefore, fake Buddhism. It is built on lies and militancy. It is sometimes dangerous. Under the smiles, piety, statues and gold temples it is ugly.

Perhaps someday, Gyatso and NKT will relinquish their dark turn.


Editors Note
Desperately trying to salvage their investments of ego, time, money and Gyatso worship, NKT 'monks' and 'nuns' and lay supporters go outside Gyatso's ban of Buddhist authors and quote writings of Tsongkhapa, Atisha, Nagarjuna and dozens of other Buddhist Lamas to create smokescreen defenses of Gyatso and NKT. There is no legitimate defense of Gyatso/NKT lies, militancy, threats, harm and fakery.