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Hardly the portrait of kindness, compassion, spirituality or Buddhism of any kind.

So, spent a week re-reading 26 Kelsang Gyatso books in the home library, the first one purchased in 1984.

Nothing in any of them supports what NKT presents to the world...mean, vindictive, threatening and litigious – a rejection of any kind of Buddhism.

Sad, especially since Kelsang Gyatso spent the first half of his life immersed in Tibetan Buddhism and writes about it almost exclusively. He was a bonafide and respected Tibetan Buddhist monk (including by Tibetan Buddhists) who underwent decades of arduous training.

All that changed about 1990 with creating NKT, a business looking like Tibetan Buddhism but self-described as NOT Tibetan Buddhism. Its business model rejects virtually everything in Kelsang Gyatso's books. And for 20+ years, Kelsang Gyatso is seen outside of his personality-cult followers as controversial.

In 1996, his monastery, Sera Je, severed ties with him and cautioned all of us.

"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...The Tibetans all over the world were deeply distressed by your attempt to portray the Dalai Lama as a “ruthless dictator” an “oppressor of his own people” and smash his International stature so that the Tibetan struggle will be like a rudderless ship tossing helplessly in the sea of international intrigues and treacery...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...Kelsang Gyatso who is today a pariah in the Tibetan community...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...According to the circular released by the Sera Jhe Tsangpa Khangtsen, to whom Kelsang belonged, he had received both sutra and tantric teachings from H.H. The Dalai Lama when he was in Tibet. He had received the fifth Dalai Lama’s Lamrim Jampel Shalung at the Norbu Linka summer palace and the Kalachakra Initiation in 1956 from H.H.The Dalai Lama which incidently was the first Kalachakra initiation by the fourteenth Dalai Lama. As it were, there is simply no question of his not being a desciple of H.H. The Dalai Lama but he has ignored this aspect and launched a blistering attack on the Dalai Lama in the name of “religious persecution” along with his gullible followers. The outcome of all this attempt to denigrate the person of the of Dalai Lama by Kelsang clearly transgressed his spiritual relationship with the Dalai Lama and though he has mentioned in his letter that “all of us are destined to go to hell”, we are in no doubt that he will infact be the one who will land in hell...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. Owing to the above reasons contained in the holy Tantric treatises, the Sera Jhe Dratsang’s Abbot and ex-abbots, Reincarnations of holy Lamas, Geshes, and the House Masters of the fifteen different Houses unanimously decided to strip Kelsang Gyatso of his membership in the Sera Jhe Dratsang and his own House had earlier done the same...In his apparent ecstasy, he even disowns being a Tibetan and works against the very people where he was born...(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...Therefore, all those connected with Sera Je College, lamas and tulkus, abbots, former executives, senior and junior geshes, together with the leaders of the individual khangtsen [regional houses], all together, in agreement, with one voice, hereby proclaim that on this day, August 22, 1996, Kelsang Gyatso, the one with broken commitments and wrong view, is cast out with the "ritual nine expulsions," and is thereby banished from this place, and the being a part of the rule of our College."

Nevertheless, Kelsang Gyatso relentlessly continued smearing Buddhism and his 'clergy', dressed up to impersonate Tibetan monastics, march against Tibetan Buddhism around the world as they ban all books about Tibetan Buddhism and training from legitimate Tibetan Buddhists...and attack and threaten anyone who gets in their way (eg, NKT survivors, authors, the media and even this web site).

For the past 20+ years, Kesang Gyatso turned on Tibetan Buddhism and organized protest rallies and produced a massive Internet attack of Tibetan Buddhists and NKT survivors. All while essentially plagiarizing Tibetan Buddhism.

So sad.

hyp·o·crite – noun 1. a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.