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A Survivor's Journey

Hundreds have shared their survival from NKT.

Dr. Michelle Haslam was just interviewed, an enlightening experience that will educate as well as help many. A fine presentation about cultic mechanism and abuse of mindfulness...and how exploitation can happen to anybody.


From the inteview host,

This is our fourth foray into the land of Buddhism, Cults and Cult-like behaviours across mainstream Buddhist groups.

For our latest journey, we interview Dr Michelle Haslam, PhD, a clinical psychologist who ran afoul of the machinations of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) and has since written a psychological report on their tactics and set up a resource site filled with testimonies from ex-followers along with articles to warn the general public about their oft dysfunctional behaviour. She shares some of the horrendous tactics employed against her after leaving the group and discusses some of her psychological analysis of the NKT, their practices and group dynamics.

Michelle has had a dreadful website put together by a phantom psychologist (a hungry ghost perhaps?), who doesn’t actually appear to exist in the real world. This was done immediately after she published her report on the NKT. It’s defamatory and quite sad and makes awful claims about her. Be your own judge of it should you stumble on it.

The introduction for this episode involves an added presentation on cults that ties together the multiple themes from our last episodes on the topic and concludes our forays into cult-land. If you have heard it all before, you can skip it by jumping to the interview proper at 37.10.

Note: Those who critique the New Kadampa Tradition often end up being trolled, attacked, and threatened by folks who hide their identities and usually claim to not be any part of the NKT. It is obviously difficult to prove that they are, so I am putting this here as a potential warning so that you dear listener can make up our own mind about who is to blame if this podcast should come under attack. Trolling is highly likely in either case.

Dr. Haslam and the interviewer discussed an important insight. NKT's 'emptiness' training prevents them putting safeguards in place. Abuse is not just in your mind. Narcissists exist. NKT has a religious persecution inferiority complex and paranoia instilled by Kelsang Gyatso 's god complex that has produced a terrible legacy. NKT is a highly traumatized and dillusional organization.

Dr. Haslam's contribution is a blessing.