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Gyatso's Root Abuse

Gyatso founded an organization with abuse as its root practice.

Gyatso's NKT will cheat you, attack you, sexually abuse you, threaten you and destroy you for profit, massive profit.

Gyatso's NKT will lie about it.

Gyatso himself authorizes it. The abuse his victims suffer is their fault, not his.

According to Gyatso, those abused must recognize that their abuse by NKT is their mistaken conception, it's all in their mind. The abuser has nothing to worry about because the abused deserve it and it will ultimately help them.

Perhaps more insidious, Gyatso convinces many that they are worthless, their pain is not real AND there is no happiness to be found in the world (negating a tenent of Buddhism that we all want to be happy). Consider the following problematic 'teaching' in the image below. It took Tsongkhapa 32 years of full time and intense learning, teaching and meditation while living a deeply monastic and isolated life to understand emptiness. It is a very subtle insight but abused Gyatso/NKT splattering emptiness messages like candy, misleading their followers, many into despair. Some are disturbed at the idea that the happiness they seek is meaningless and dangerous, leading them to rebirth in hell. Marketing such message to new followers who live most of their lives in busy stressful jobs and lives leads some to nihilistic and dangerous responses. Such despair can be heightened when NKT excommunicates members and then sets up broadband assaults against them. Many have arrived at panic and crisis at the hands of NKT. The fake 'clergy' of Gyatso/NKT are playing with fire with their bogus and unlicensed psychotherapy.

No one in NKT, including Gyatso, follow the path of Tsonghapa that enabled his insight into emptiness. Please follow the story of Tsongkapa to get a glimpse of what it takes to embrace the subtle tenent of Buddhism called 'emptiness' in the new book, Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of the Snows, sadly banned by Gyatso/NKT. Because Gyatso/NKT ban authentic Buddhism, it is not possible to learn about emptiness from Gyatso/NKT and most certainly their marketing nihilistic views has seriously harmed many.

From Dr. Michelle Haslam, a clinical psychologist ...

"Ex-members are often told that they have misunderstood the teachings, which subtly suggests that they are inadequate and that the NKT hold all the answers. The admin director told me that people leave because they ‘lack patience in their spiritual path’ or have ‘developed an angry mind and are blaming the centre’ or are mentally ill. Many survivors report that management blame the persons pre-existing mental health condition or their karma for any deterioration without acknowledging any possibility that the centre exploited, neglected or abused them. In my opinion it is possible to blame people’s minds so that the centre does not have to take responsibility for the deterioration of peoples health, or for safeguarding. NKT members are known to attempt to make critics question their mental clarity and sanity.

Due to the encouragement to view all human beings as faultless, including your abuser, and your own feelings as ‘empty of inherent existence’, it is very difficult for people to recognise they are in fact being abused. Karma beliefs are used to suggest that any emotional pain should be ‘purified’ whilst keeping a view of the abuser as faultless.

According to Anders (2019) karma purification beliefs mask human exploitation and traumatization by using spiritual guises and ‘every available means to achieve concealment’. Anders (2019) argues that ‘processes of exploitation and submission, especially towards the feminine, and the depersonalization of group members, leading to economic, physical and psychological abuse, became evident‘.

Myself and many other ex-members believe this reflects the NKT’s general attitude towards abusive behaviour: that the fault is with the victim, not the abuser, and the victim’s job is to keep a ‘happy mind’ throughout the abuse. Your reaction to the abuse (e.g. anxiety and trauma) is therefore your fault as it is created by your mind, and not the fault of the abuser.

According to Be Scofield, ‘The Guru Hunter’, in a current podcast series called ‘Toxic Spirituality’ this kind of belief system is ‘a narcissists dream’.

One anonymous ex-member states ‘Kadampa Buddhism is probably great skills training for narcissists and people on power trips. But I don’t think it’s helpful to women like me who are struggling to find their voice and establish personal boundaries’.

The NKT does not have any safeguarding policies or procedures. When I attempted to raise safeguarding concerns I was told ‘it’s all just karma’ and ‘we cannot get involved in relationships’. Speaking to other ex-members has confirmed that this is the general attitude towards abusive behaviour throughout the NKT internationally. It has allowed alleged sexual abusers to continue holding senior positions within the organisation.

Spiritual organisations often rely on their own teachings to address abuse, and assume that if everyone continues practicing diligently that it will eventually stop (e.g. ‘we all still have delusions……but one day if we all keep practicing we will all be free of delusions and therefore bad behaviour’). However the group’s ideology itself may be hiding and even rationalising abuse (Remski, 2019). In addition, some people have narcissistic and sociopathic personality traits, meaning that they may not be making mistakes at all, they may be intentionally causing harm. Due to the teachings on enduring suffering, those who are vulnerable may believe they should endure this kind of treatment in order to destroy their ‘self-cherishing’. As a result, in my opinion it is likely that those who stay in the NKT for many years and continue to feel fulfilled may have sadistic or mashochistic tendencies. It is therefore likely that many ex-members will have suffered serious abuse and could have complex post-traumatic stress symptoms following this, especially due to the extent of the gaslighting of your perception of senior members as other than perfect.

Anders, A. (2019). Silencing and Oblivion of Psychological Trauma, Its Unconscious Aspects, and Their Impact on the Inflation of Vajrayāna. An Analysis of Cross-Group Dynamics and Recent Developments in Buddhist Groups Based on Qualitative Data. Religions, 10(11), 622"

Other research adds ....

There is one potential cause of anxiety that is rarely discussed- narcissistic abuse. It refers to the mental and physical harm inflicted by severely self-centered people. These individuals think highly of themselves and desire admiration from others, while not caring about others. They appear charming at first, but later on, they become manipulative and demanding. They make people in their company feel anxious, unworthy to love, neglected, and guilt-tripped. Studies have found a link between abuse in adulthood and many physical and mental health issues, as well as anxiety.

Narcissists usually target compassionate and empathic people, ones who believe in the good nature of humankind. Since these people are the ones who are more likely to be the victim of narcissistic abuse, they also become the ones who are most susceptible to mental and physical health issues.

In extreme cases, they [narcissists] are so skillful manipulators, that they manage to make it seem as though the victim is the actual abuser. Whenever abusers are caught or confronted about their behavior, they will always resort to playing the victim.