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Not 100% Fake

While NKT's founder and sole source of teaching is a fake Geshe (see here), Kelsang Gyatso was a real monk. And a good one from all accounts.

Gyatso was born in 1931 and became a novice monk at age 8. Unquestionably, he had extensive monk training into Tibetan Buddhism. Arduous training, culminating at Sera Je Monastery (founded in 1419 by a disciple of Je Tsongkhapa).

Gyatso fled Tibet in 1959 due to invasion of Tibet by China, moving to India.

In 1977, Gyatso moved to England, and in 1991 created NKT.

Gyatso's last teacher, Trijang Rinpoche (1901-1981), a junior tutor to the Dalai Lama, turned Gyatso toward an extremist sect notorious in Tibet, extreme right wing and intolerant of anyone not worshiping an invented god, Shugden. The Dalai Lama, who endeavored to preserve all forms of Tibetan Buddhism, was targeted ferociously for not succumbing to Shugdenism.

Gyatso exported Shugdenism beyond Tibet, ultimately making it the core liturgy of NKT.

In the process, Gyatso not only abandoned Tibetan Buddhism and Tibet, he abandoned implementation of the vows of Buddhist monks and nuns that worked for 2,500 years.

Gyatso's extremism and 'holy war' against Tibetan Lamas, most notably the Dalai Lama, and his development of fake monks and nuns caused his expulsion from Sera Je in 1996 and isolation by most Buddhist organizations in the world (example). Virtually all Buddhist organizations and teachers disagree with and are horrified by what Gyatso has done.

All things considered, Gyatso should be considered a Buddhist monk only for 1931-1991. After this, possibly earlier after the death of his guru in 1981, Gyatso banned all teachers and books of Tibetan Buddhism and even Buddhism in general and the core texts of Buddhism transcribing the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni. In 1996, Gyatso began his public campaign through caustic protest rallies, manifestos and NKT survivor retribution. Gyatso and NKT exploded on the Internet.

Sadly, Gyatso took on another mission beyond Shugdenism...creating the conditions to harm, assault, and pursue retribution against NKT disbelievers and Buddhist teachers, journalists, researchers and authors analyzing Gyatso's and NKT's battles. So systematic, the devestation must be considered intentional.

Sadly, once a fine monk, Gyatso is now known as an extremist who abandoned his training and vows, no longer a Buddhist monk, and a creator of fake monks and nuns.

Sadly, NKT has perfected its marketing (like many companies selling defective products) of Gyatso's extremism to create a successful global business and to convince most visitors that it represents authentic Buddhism when actually, at its core, is a cult of personality and message that has damaged thousands and has painted a distorted picture of Buddhism. Many find out too late.


Editors Note
The Kelsang Gyatso (born in 1931) of his first 50 years would be ashamed of the Gyatso since the 1980s. Shugden turned Kelsang Gyatso from a Buddhist monk to a nemesis of Buddhism. Since about 2016, few know if Gyatso is dead or alive. For many years, Gyatso has said he will never reincarnate, no need to because he is a Buddha already.

Shugden was 'born' at the death of Dragpa Gyeltson (1619–1656). He was consumed with being named the 5th Dalai Lama, but Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso was selected instead as the reincarnation of the 4th Dalai Lama. Dragpa Gyeltson's associates went wild and invented his reincarnation to be Shugden, an angry satanic vengeful spirit that would destroy disbelievers. This Shugden terrorized the 5th Dalai Lama and Tibet. Many were murdered. Nevertheless, Shugden mythology largely evaporated until it was reinvented in the late 1800s to assault the 13th Dalai Lama and fight against the established schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

According to Gyatso, his guru Trijang Rinpoche was "the person most responsible for popagating the practice of Dorje Shugden," and told him to spread Shugdenism to the world (Trijang died in 1981). Gyatso set out to accomplish Trijang's instruction, first by appropriating Manjushri Institute in England and then writing a book and creating NKT.

In 1991, Gyatso published his book 'Heart Jewel', which became the core and defining practice in NKT, exporting a relatively obscure myth of an extremist sect in Tibet to a global audience.

In 'Heart Jewel', Gyatso invented a long prior history of Shugden, going back thousands of years, NEVER discussed NEVER taught NEVER written about by Buddha Shakyamuni, his disciples or any Buddhist lama or teacher before 1656. Certainly not the founders of Kadampa Buddhism, Atisha and Tsongkhapa.

According to Gyatso, Shugden existed BEFORE Buddha Shakyamuni, incarnating as Buddha Shakyamuni's disciple Manjushri, who was a Buddha long before Shakyamuni. Then, Shugden reappeared in a series of reincarnations. As Biwawa, which means 'bad man' (famous for stopping rotation of earth for 3 days to escape paying his bar bill according to Gyatso). Then Sakya Pandita, Duldzin Dragpa Gyaltsan, Panchen Sonam Dragpa, then finally Dragpa Gyeltsen.

Somehow, Shugden was hidden from everyone's awareness until 1656 and then mostly forgotten until the late 1800s to serve an extremist sect in eastern Tibet and virtually unknown outside of Tibet until 1991 when Gyatso went rogue.

Gyatso's Shugdenism was his vain attempt to redefine and reverse engineer Buddha Shakyamuni and his teachings.

To serve this bogus myth, Gyatso created NKT, protest rallies and assaults on the Dalai Lama and virtually all other Buddhist teachers as well as NKT survivors.

But Gyatso's distortions and NKT fake piety will not work.