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Kelsang Gyatso's Change

Before founding NKT, a distortion of Kadampa Buddhism, Kelsang Gyatso was a Tibetan Buddhist.

Before NKT, Kelsang Gyatso was respected, including by the Dalai Lama, including writing the Forward to Kelsang Gyatso's 1984 book, 'Buddhism in the Tibetan Tradition: A Guide'. The Dalai Lama thanked him for attempting to present the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni. At that time, Kelsang Gyatso even taught in Tibetan and the book was translated into English for publication.

But after founding NKT, Kelsang Gyatso changed significantly, rejecting Tibetan Buddhism, creating a distortion and turning against the Dalai Lama and Tibet in concert with China with anger, threats, defamation, massive Internet attack, protest rallies around the world and converting taxpayer subsidies into funding for his political war. Calls for calm from the Dalai Lama and thousands of others (including this web site since 2008) were met with raised fists, megaphones and even more vile attacks and threats from NKT leadership and Kelsang Gyatso approval.

For the next edition of this book, published in 2008, all references to the Dalai Lama were expunged, notably including his name on the book's cover (the depiction of Buddha Shakyamuni was also removed). The Forward page is now missing. All other pages are identical between the 1984 and 2008 editions. By 1996, the Dalai Lama, revered by Tibetans and millions of people around the world, Kelsang Gyatso defined him as a modern Hitler. And, Kelsang Gyatso turned his back on Tibetan Buddhism, his roots, now defining it as corrupt and noting that NKT is not Tibetan Buddhism, even while relying on Tibetan Buddhism virtually elusively in all his books.

In the original book (1984), Kelsang Gyatso boasted of his training at Sera Monastery, which later severed connection with him because of his political war and questioned his purported credentials.

Truly unfortunate for Kelsang Gyatso and especially so for his followers and all those who watched Kelsang Gyatso's protest rallies against the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism, portraying both as evil.


Editors Note
The 1984 book was one of our first books about Tibetan Buddhism. It is now the collector's and recommended edition. It is one of over 300 books about Buddhism we have studied the past fifty years.

In view of the anger NKT portrays against renowned teachers of Buddhism and NKT survivors, NKT might consider what Kelsang Gyatso taught in his 1984 book.

"The angry mind in effect steals ones happiness and peace. Everyone who develops anger or hatred experiences unhappiness. The result of anger is the creation of problems....A jealous mind also creates problems...Likewise, the more attachment we have, the more problems we experience...Most of our problems arise from thinking that everything – including ourself – is permanent...Negative or unwholesome minds are the cause of our suffering, confusion and misery."

In another book from Kelsang Gyatso, 'Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life', he wrote in 2002, "Only by transforming tour mind can we eliminate suffering and problems permanently...In reality, all the problems we experience day to day come from our self-cherishing and self-grasping – misconceptions that exaggerate our own importance." NKT does not practice what it preaches.