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Falsely, NKT claims that Kelsang Gyatso is "A highly respected Tibetan Meditation Master and scholar."

Falsely, NKT claims that Kelsang Gyatso is "the holder of the lineage of all Buddha's teachings as passed down by Atisha, Je Tsongkhapa, Je Phabongkhapa and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche."

Other than his cult followers (pretenting to be Tibetan Buddhists even though they insist they are not a form of Tibetan Buddhism and actually despise Tibetan Buddhists), by whom? Certainly, not by Tibetans. No Tibetan monastery or Tibetan school of Buddhism, or any other Buddhist monastery or school around the world, considers Kelsang Gyatso to be the holder of any Buddhist lineage. Nobody in Kelsang Gyatso's purported lineage endorses him, his NKT cult or anyone it it.

Claiming to have authored over-simplified books about Buddhism does not a master or scholar make. (Watching any video of Kelsang Gyatso makes clear that he did not write his books; they were obviously written by westerners misleadingly penning his name.)

Kelsang Gyatso (coincidentally, this was the name of the 7th Dalai Lama, the legacy of whom Kelsang Gyatso battles) was born in 1931 in Yangcho Tang, eastern Tibet. Ordained at the age of 8, his first monastery Jampa Ling. He later trained at Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, TIbet and Sera Je Monastery near Lhasa, Tibet (home of the Dalai Lamas). He was a member of the Tsangpa Khangtsen, one of the fifteen houses at Sera Je monastery. As a member of that house, and a part of the general monastic community around Lhasa, he attended many public teachings, along with most of the monks and public from the area.


Kelsang Gyatso claims to have many years of training for the Geshe degree in Tibet, though he never completed the program, so awarded the degree to himself.

(Geshe (Tib. dge bshes, short for dge-ba'i bshes-gnyen, "virtuous friend"; translation of Skt. kalyāņamitra) is a Tibetan Buddhist academic degree for monks. The degree is emphasized primarily by the Gelug lineage, but is also awarded in the Sakya and Bön traditions...In the Gelug school, the degree may not be earned by laymen (though some monk recipients later give up their robes), or by women (including nuns). The Gelug curriculum, which lasts between 12 and 20 years, centers around textual memorization and ritualized debate, and is invariably taught through the medium of the Tibetan language...Each year an examination is held for those who have completed their studies. In it their performance is evaluated by the abbot of the particular college. The topics for their dialectical examination are drawn from the whole course of study and the topic to be debated is selected by the abbot on the spot, so that students have no chance to do specific preparation. Thus, it is a real test of a student's abilities and the depth of his study. At the conclusion the abbot assigns each candidate to a category of geshe according to his ability. There are four such categories, Dorampa, Lingtse, Tsorampa and Lharampa, Lharampa being the highest. After this, in order to qualify, the geshe candidates are not allowed to miss even one of the three daily debate sessions during the subsequent eight months.

George Dreyfus is the only westerner to have earned the Geshe degree. He wrote The Shuk-den Affair: Origins of a Controversy. He also earned the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest rank offered in the Geluk academies and now teaches at Williams College in Massachusetts as Jackson Professor of Religion. also see

No NKT teacher other than Kelsang Gyatso has entered into such training, and only rarely have they explored any training outside of NKT. Nevertheless, NKT has much criticism of many who have completed Geshe training.)

In 1959 as part of the exile of tens of thousands of Tibetans, Tibetan Lamas and the Dalai Lama to Dharamsala, (northern) India, resulting from the Chinese invasion, Kelsang Gyatso left Tibet, eventually entering into seclusive retreat for 18 years in the Himalayas and northern India to meditate about Tibetan Buddhism, most notably Tsongkhapa (1357–1419) who began New Kadampa Tibetan Buddhism and the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.

In 1977, Kelsang Gyatso moved to England to teach Tibetan Buddhism as part of the program of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), later beginning a center for Tibetan Buddhism, and became a citizen in 1982.

In 1984, he took control of Manjushri Institute, then headquarters for FPMT and cancelled its historical Geshe training, replacing it with his own self-styled training known as the General Program, Foundation Program and Teacher Training Program. He discarded the rich library of important Tibetan Buddhism content, ultimately replacing it with his exclusive books.


1987-1991, Kelsang Gyatso went into seclusion in Scotland, emerging as founder of NKT and is claimed to author 22 books presenting his layman's distillation of Tibetan Buddhism...and where he conceived of spreading the worship of a westernized version of a character of Tibetan folklore, Shugden. Kelsang Gyatso fashioned a religion centered on a distorted export of Shugden designed to provide money, health and success to westerners.

Since 1991, the reclusive Kelsang Gyatso has lived in a room in the attic of Manjushri Center in England, few having any contact with him. A couple years ago, NKT produced a video showing Kelsang Gyatso touring NKT's corporate headquarters at Manjushri, clearly displaying that Kelsang Gyatso was totally unfamiliar with the grounds.

In 1996, Kelsang Gyatso began his public campaign against the Dalai Lama, sponsoring protest rallies around the world and numerous Internet web sites. NKT clairified that it was not a form of Tibetan Buddhism but a product of Kelsang Gyatso geared for westerners.

Kelsang Gyatso claims that Trijang Rinpoche urged him to bring Tibetan Buddhism to the west, following what many Tibetan Lamas began decades earlier (Trijang Rinpoche (1900-1981), a noted Tibetan Buddhist who taught the Dalai Lama as a child). Notably, Kelsang Gyatso's root guru, Trijang Rinpoche, never protested against the Dalai Lama, never organized a hate campaign against Tibetan Lamas and students of NKT, never subscribed to what is now known as Shugdenism - all trademarks of Kelsang Gyatso.

In Kelsang Gyatso's 1980 book, Meaningful to Behold, appears a Forward written by Trijang Rinpoche, who died in 1981, discussing the book and Spiritual Master Kelsang Gyatso (no Geshe title) while Kelsang Gyatso was still a Tibetan Buddhist. Trijang Rinpoche never endorsed NKT (which began 10 years after his death), Kelsang Gyatso's takeover of FPMT's Manjushri Institute in 1984 or Kelsang Gyatso's Shugden campaign against Tibetan Lamas (which began in the mid 1990s).

Kelsang Gyatso also erroneously claims endorsement by the only other senior Tibetan Lama - Ling Rinpoche, who wrote a Forward for Kelsang Gyatso's 1982 book, Clear Light of Bliss, noting that Kelsang Gyatso relied on the teachings of the Tibetan Lamas Tsongkhapa for his writing about Secret Mantra. However, this should not be considered support for Kelsang Gyatso's break away from Tibetan Buddhism and creation of a controversial campaign against Tibetan Buddhists many years after the death of Ling Rinpoche in 1983 at the age of 80.

Only a handful of NKT supporters have ever met Kelsang Gyatso, his interaction with NKT leadership minimal. A couple times a year, Kelsang Gyatso emerges from his room to preside over 1-2 NKT festivals a year, each one advertised to be his last.

In August 2009, Kelsang Gyatso retired. His initial heirs left NKT in disgrace over sexual misconduct. Currently, elected by an NKT committee, Kelsang Dekyong leads NKT.


Kelsang Dekyong, photo right, holding NKT's manifesto, The Tibetan Situation Today, at NKT protest rally

Tibetans know Kelsang Gyatso best. (Kelsang Gyatso lived in Tibet 1931-1959, at the age of 8 was ordained as a Tibetan monk and trained at several Tibetan monasteries - extensively according to him.

From Sera Je Monastery in 1996,

"His Holiness The Dalai Lama is the undisputed leader of the six million Tibetans and a world renowned Buddhist leader as well as a respected statesman of great charisma for which he was awarded the prestigious 1989 Nobel Peace Prize among many others. His genuine concern for the welfare of the Tibetan people, the weak and the down trodden and his teachings on compassion to bring about a more humane and harmonious world and his call for the protection of all forms of life on our planet and their habitat in the form of what he termed as ‘Universal Responsibility’ has caught the imagination of the world and is held in great esteem by virtually the whole world irrespective of their religious affiliations or political ideology.

However, 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.

It is nothing but a crude form of debasing the Dalai Lama for his own selfish ends...We have nothing but pity for your ignorance...Why not mind his own business and do what he likes in his own bigoted kingdom?

Actions speak louder than words and we are under no illusion with whom your sympathies are despite your statements to the contrary. 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. From where did you borrow your vocabulary to malign the Dalai Lama? Are they not straight from the Chinese propaganda dictionary?

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...

We advise him to accept the fact that he is an ordinary being and stand no chance whatsoever to challenge the Dalai Lama. 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.

Kelsang himself has transgressed the eight shortcomings of relying wrongly upon his own spiritual master H.H. The Dalai Lama. 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.

He states that for the last eighteen years the Dalai Lama has done nothing!!! His hatred towards the Dalai Lama obscures him from seeing any merit of the Dalai Lama...It is not the fault of the holy Buddha, nor Lama Tsongkhapa nor H.H.The Dalai Lama but the beholder like Kelsang Gyatso whose demonic instinct get the better of them...He is an object of pity and nothing else.

We sincerely hope that the cult leader and his fanatical supporters go through this and think twice before their vitriolic outpourings on the holy person of the Dalai Lama. We believe you would trust the Chinese version more than ours and because of this we took the liberty to quote from the Chinese communist periodical. It would be even better if you would care to go through the whole article and you will be surprised that even the Chinese communists have far greater respect for the Dalai Lama than cult leader Kelsang Gyatso and his cultists in Cumbria, England!!! What’s more, if any one disagrees with his “pure” cult, he gets the boot...But with Kalsang anything goes, after all he is the “third buddha” in the British Isles.

His venomous invectives against the Dalai Lama is unbecoming of a Buddhist...

The sacrilege he was committing by banning the photos of the Dalai Lama and even the utterance of his name in the premises of his cult kingdom. It is an unheard piece of news which every Tibetan will condemn with the severest indiction. The motivation behind this act was, he was now planning to wean away innocent, unsuspecting, young minds towards his cultist school called the “New Kadampa Tradition” which imposes a ban on Tibet’s Spiritual and Temporal leader the Dalai Lama and thus undermine his authority even in the exile community. His single minded motivation now is to undermine the authority of the Dalai Lama and maroon the Tibetan people. This is unacceptable to the six million Tibetans and we will challenge him for this.

In his apparent ecstasy, he even disowns being a Tibetan and works against the very people where he was born.

His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is the embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas, the golden flower in the land of snows, Tibet, the form of the deity who has appeared in Tibet, the representative of Buddha Shakyamuni, the spiritual leader of all Buddhists in the world, and the great advocate of non-violence.

For those who come from the land of snow mountains, to find in His Holiness our sacred source of refuge for this and future lives is truly our inborn nature, like our eyes which give us sight and our innermost heart.

(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.

He continuously broadcasts blatantly shameless mad pronouncements, attacking with baseless slander His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whose kindness for us, the people of Tibet, has been greater that the Buddhas of the three times. These unimaginable statements which defame the name of His Holiness have created an urgent adverse situation which no Tibetan can tolerate.

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.

This means that we request all of our brothers and sisters, the Tibetan people inside and outside Tibet, to completely sever any relationship with him. Concerning the practice of worshiping divine protectors at this Monastery in particular, the protector who was directed by the previous great masters to advise, command, and look after our Monastery is the Dharma protector Dregpa Chamsing [Dregs Pa lCam Sring). Aside from this protector there has traditionally been no worship of Dolgyal [Dorje Shugden].

These days, we keep in the honored position on the crown of our heads the instructions of our Government, the great Ganden Potrang. Therefore, all sangha who reside here, as evidence of their commitment not to worship the protector Dolgyal, have freely signed such a pledge, and offered it before the clear eye of His Holiness. Beyond that, anyone who is not blind should be able to comprehend this with their ordinary eye of understanding and mind of attachment and aversion; as they say, no one needs a lamp to make things clear in the light of the sun and moon.

For the future, we publicly make the strongest request to everyone not to associate the good name of Sera Je Monastery with this holder of broken commitments and wrong view."

Representatives of the Tibetan people echoed these sentiments about Gyatso's fall from the Buddhist path.

For example, from the Freedom Movement, Youth Congress, Tibetan Women's Association and representatives of the Three Provinces Movement,

"… you are doomed life after life… telling others not to keep pictures of the Dalai Lama reveals that, although you wear the mask of a religious practitioner, in reality you are the running dog of China and Taiwan. Therefore, we the Tibetan people both inside and outside Tibet will unitedly stand against you as a source of harm to the spiritual and temporal affairs of Tibetans."

From Tibetans in Dharamsala to 'All the followers of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso',

"It is also a well-known fact that due to a slight disagreement on views with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, you had banned portraits of His Holiness in your business-oriented Dharma centers. This insane and demeanous (sic) act had caused disgrace to the Tibetans as a whole and is no better than the savageous acts of the Red Chinese. We, the six million Tibetans, solemnly denounce these ill-acts."

From Tibetan Community, Kathmandu, Nepal,

"We feel called upon ourselves to let you know of certain facts about him so that his impudent ravings do not lead astray well-meaning followers of the path….Your "guru" has the misguided audacity to challenge the omniscience of the Compassionate One to the utter disgust of us all."

In a 1996 response to Gyatso's letter referred to above, a Tibetan wrote,

"his accusations of H.H. the Dalai Lama are so baseless, convoluted and depraved...Kalzang Gyatso praises the spirit, Dolgyal, with such exaggeration, trying to make him the powerful guardian of the Gelugpa doctrine, with such falsification that there is no truth whatsoever. He has caused a schism by claiming that His Holiness restricts and suppresses the Gelugpa doctrine...If one is blind, everything that appears in front is only darkness...it is the responsibility of all knowledgeable lay and ordained individuals of the snow-land of Tibet to strongly refute, with the three methods of reason, scripture and instruction, the one that hurts Buddhism in general and the Gelugpa school in particular with his evil conduct and distorted views. Having distinguished between fragrant flowers and poisonous grass, we should defeat this propounder of perversity."

Dhongtog Tulku Tenpai Gyaltsen wrote the following in his book Earth Shaking Thunder of True Word, which addressed attacks against the Dalai Lama (NKT's are the loudest attacks) over Shugden, and specifically Kelsang Gyatso's campaign against the Dalai Lama (Kelsang Gyatso relied upon this book for his Shugdenism!),


Dhongthog Rinpoche is recognized as the 5th reincarnation of Jampal Rigpai Raldri by H.H. Sakya Dagchen Ngawang Junga Rinchen of Drolma Palace and served as head teacher of Dhongthog Rigdrol Phuntsog Ling Monastery, Kardze, Tibet

"Being the holder of the title, Rinpoche, it is incumbent upon me, as a sacred duty, to point out practitioners' mistakes and thus protect them from wrong views that are the cause of breaking their refuge vows.

The majority of Tibetans have accepted his (the Dalai Lama) advice and are practicing their faith with understanding and righteousness. However, a minority who have been influenced by the evil of certain rigid sectarians oppose His Holiness and undertake counter movements which can only lead to their own downfall and the downfall of others...I intend to dig up the root of the opponents' heretical view...this matter should be considered an insidious danger like smoldering fire concealed under ashes.

Phawong Khapa's (Pobangkha, 1878-1941) followers want H.H. the Dalai Lama to follow the doctrine of Phawong Khapa that implies that the Sakya, Kagyud and NYingma traditions are unacceptable as paths to ultimate liberation...This doctrine holds that the Gaden tradition is the only path that can lead practitioners to ultimate liberation.

In 1978, H.H. the Dalai Lama expelled Dzeme Tulku (author of The Yellow Book)...In 1987, in blatant opposition to His Holiness' advice, Dzeme commissioned the construction of Shugden statues...On March 29, 1983, H.H. the Dalai Lama ordered the destruction of the Shugden statue that had been made with the sponsorship of Pelzurwa Dorje Norbu...Upon hearing this order Dorje Pelzurwa became very angry and could not control his temper...he subsequently wrote a book entitled, "The Crystal Mirror in which Truth and Falsity reflect clearly, a Letter to Khamtul Jamyang Dhondrup"...Pelzurwa said in his book that the Dalai Lama would be responsible for the Buddhist doctrine coming to an end because he goes against his tutor's (Trijang Rinpoche) view. He also says that Shugden is better and more reliable than the state oracle, Nechung Dorje Dragden. All of this is wicked and baseless...Finally, the Chinese security had to escort him to China for his safety.

In England Geshe Kalzang Gyatso of Sera openly criticized the Dalai Lama and motivated about three hundred English students and followers to march around the Office of Tibet in London as a demonstration of his opposition. This event may be considered the first such incidence in the history of Tibet that a Tibetan national opposed and attacked our leader, our government and people in such a way. It is also well-known that Kalzang Gyatso commanded his students not to display any pictures of H.H. the Dalai Lama on their shrines or even in their rooms.

Tibetans cannot bear this outrageous behavior against the government and people of Tibet. The Tibetan National Democratic Society and other organizations sent letters of rebuke to him. But then, Kalzang Gyatso circulated two thousand copies of a pamphlet entitled, "A Sword that Cuts the Suffering Plaint of Tibetans-in-exile." He sent copies to high Tibetan officials and various associations.

The Dalai Lama's preclusion of Dolgyal practice resulted from a prophetic edict of the state oracle, Nechung Dorje Dragden, the dough-ball test in the presence of the sacred scroll painting of Shri Mahakali Devi that once belonged to the first Dalai Lama, Gedundrug, his own divination and careful research into the history of Shugden starting from the Great Fifth down to the present.

The Dalai Lama disclosed these matters to Trijang Rinpoche (1900-1981; Gyatso's root guru) with full explanation and instructed him on how to propitiate guardian deities. Trijang did not speak a single word against him, but agreed with him by supporting his advice. This is known by all, Tibetans and foreigners alike.

The cessation of Dolygyal practice is not an accumulation of bad karma. It is a necessary correction and a kind service to the Gadenpa tradition. The source of the Gadenpa tradition is Kadampa which was introduced into Tibet by Atisha Dipamkara (982-1054). This tradition accepts only four deities, namely, Buddha Shakyamuni, Avalokiteshvara, Tara and Miyowa...The Kadampa tradition gradually declined and by the fifteenth century the great Je Tzongkhapa Lobszang Dragpa (1357-1419) had revitalized it...Je Tzongkhapa also studied, practiced and disseminated Guhyasamaja, Chakrasamvara and Vajra Bhairava. Because of these practices he also propitiated guardian deities such as Mahakala, Dharmaraja and Veshravana.

During the time of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen (1619-1655)...broke his commitment with his Vajra masters and this caused his troublesome death...Because of these negative circumstances his rebirth was in the form of a powerful, fierce spirit and there was a display of several frightening miracles. Because of this, the house of the deceased was razed, his memorial stupa was disassembled, and his corpse was packed into a box. The box was thrown into the Yarchab river and carried far away by the current to a southern area of Lhasa called Dol. The spirit settled there in Dol and so came to be known as Dolgyal. The spirit wondered there for a few years creating trouble for the Dalai Lama and his newly established Gaden Phodrang.

Dolgyal continued on westward until he reached Sakya monastery...Dagchen Rinpoche bound him spiritually (by the power of his meditation) and compelled him to cease harming people and the Dharma. Dolgyal was thus held in the custody of the Four-face Mahakala, Tsaturmukha, who was one of the three chief guardian deities of the Sakyapa doctrine...By this means the life of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, the Tibetan government and the people of Tibet were protected from the danger of Shugden for some time.

In any case, practitioners do propitiate Dolgyal as the wrathful manifestation of Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen...Because some of the former Gaden throne-holders had experienced unfortunate circumstances propitiating Dolgyal, the great Gaden throne-holders Ngawang Chogden (1677-1751) and Changkya Rolpai Dorje (1717-1786) banned Dolgyal practice.

In later years, Phawong Khapa Dechen Nyingpo introduced the rite of "Dorje Shugden Life Entrustment." The basis of this rite derived from an illusory dream that Tagphu Pema Dorje had which he believed was a "pure vision." Dolgyal Shugden was thus promoted to the level of a transworthy deity and adorned with the titles, "chief protector of the teachings of Manjushri-Tzongkhapa"and "war deity of the Gadenpa doctrine," Moreover, from his own subjective viewpoint, Phawong Khapa also introduced elaborations of Shugden such as, peaceful and wrathful forms, five-family forms, and sadhanas composed in the categories of outer, inner and secret. Phawong Khapa thus disgraced the Gadenpa tradition in a magnitude as great as Mount Sumeru by establishing this tainted system of propitiation that makes Shugden more important tnd favored than the traditional Gadenpa guardian deities, six-armed Mahakala, Dharmaraja and Shri Mahakali Devi.

The promotion of the wrathful incarnation of Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen, who broke his spiritual commitment with these two kind lamas (Penchen Lobzang Ghogyen (1570-1662) and the Great Fifth Dalai Lama), to the high level of chief guardian deity of Manjushri-Tzongkhapa's doctrine is nothing less than perversity. It is amazing that Phawong Khapa said that even putting other Tibetan Buddhist books together with Gadenpa books is prohibited...

The basic difference between the Sakyapa view and that of Phawong Khapa is that the Sakya placate Shugden conditionally, providing him with offerings of food and shelter...Whereas Phawong Khapa (and you followers) propitiate Dolgyal with the idea that he came purposefully in this degenerate time to protect the Gadenpa doctrine. Therefore, there is a great difference; like the difference between feeding a criminal or assigning that criminal to a high rank and worshiping him. Aditionally, the Sakyapa also preserved the Buddha Dharma and saved the people of Tibet from harm by annihilating or restricting other spirits as well. These include Shangbal, Nyagrong Bulongma and others. So, please remember this kindness.

...the Nyingmapa position totally denies Shugden any status with guardian deities while the Sakyapa put him under control...

...in his (Phawong Khapa) later years he was influenced by evil forces and propagandized that Sakyapa, Kagyudpa and Nyingmapa traditions were false doctrines and that their practitioners could not achieve liberation...In this way he broadly denigrated the Tibetan religion in the guise of holy advice and by writing condemning letters to disciples and patrons. Moreover, with evil intent he tried to forcibly destroy the Sakya, Kagyud and Nyingma traditions by means of Chinese governmental intrusion. He attempted this by exerting his influence over Lui Chuntrang, an illegal Chinese governor in Kham province of Tibet. The rationale for this subversion was Phawong Khapa's assertion that eliminating all the various Tibetan Buddhist traditions, except the Gadenpa tradition, was superior to tolerating them since their doctrines were flawed. For those who wish to know all the details of this, you are referred to Phawong Khapa's collected works, volume Cha.

He (Phawong Khapa, aka Pobangkha) routinely propitiated Shugden for the specific purpose of attempting to undermine and damage the Sakya, Kagyud and Nyingma traditions...he led many people into a perverted path by pandering to their mundane desires. In summary, Phawong Khapa adopted a course that was singularly harmful to the Dharma and to the people. he thus became guilty of the ten grievous crimes against Buddhism...

Phawong Khapa was a learned and good lama at the beginning. One day he found a book buried underground when he was working on the restoration of a damaged stupa in the southern District of Lhasa, Tibet. He opened the book and found it to be a refutation against the Nyingma written by Drigung Paldzin. Reading this book caused him to lose faith in Nyingma.

His Holiness (the 13th Dalai Lama) was displeased with Phawong Khapa's behavior and banned his public teachings of the Shugden cult.

After the passing of the thirteenth Dalai Lama, Phawong Khapa became free from His Holiness's restriction and gained the chance to continue his bad activities.

There are many reliable stories about misfortunes such as suicides, strokes, accidental deaths and insanity occurring among those in monasteries, colleges and communities where Dolgyal is propitiated in contradiction to Mahakali and the Ku-Nga deities. Therefore, having been proven by reason, no one wise or foolish should contest the fact that the Dolgyal doctrine and its teacher are the destroyers of Tibetan Buddhist doctrine and the Tibetan people.

You who claim that Dolgyal is inseparable from Manjushri, what is the source of your assertions? There is no prophesy or scriptural reference to this in any Buddha's teachings or in any way the works of Indian Buddhist masters or in the works of Tzongkhapa.

There is no doubt that Dolgyal, a reborn ghost, propitiated as a chief guardian deity of the Gadenpa doctrine is not in agreement with Je Tzongkhapa's view.

Though I have not seen the letters sent by your plotting society of jackals and wolves, I have already outlined in detail the events and suffering that has ensued...

Your implication that the Dalai Lama decided to leave Tibet because of a Shugden prophecy is false.

The fact of the matter is that you, the followers of Phawong Khapa and Dzeme are the ones who always misapply the Dharma and this is why we face the current situation.

Because demons have overpowered your consciousness, you have accused your spiritual masters and Dharma friends. It is piteous that you have transgressed your commitments and become such a sinner.

Now, perhaps someone might think that we should not make any offerings and propitiation to worldly gods like Shugden and so forth at all. Generally, having taken the bodhisattva vows, how could it be possible to exclude any sentient being as an object of our giving?

There are those who say that the restriction on the practice of a cult of Dolgyal is a device to restrict freedom of religion. But it is not like that. It is the expression of our freedom of religion that we seek to preserve Buddhism by removing the stain of misconduct."

Who are you going to believe?

Those Tibetans who know Kelsang Gyatso, a Tibetan for most of his life until he abandoned his roots with Tibet OR those dependant on Kelsang Gyatso but barely know him if at all?

Those Tibetan Buddhist who continue to respect Tibetan Buddhism OR a renegade who claims that Tibetan Buddhism is corrupt - in part due to the life and teachings of the Dalai Lama?

Those who embrace other teachers and their writings OR one who bans them from his 'religion'?

Those who practice compassion around the world or a recluse in an attic?