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Kelsang Gyatso said in writing in 1998,

"...in October 1998 we decided to completely stop being involved in this Shugden issue because we realized that in reality this is a Tibetan political problem and not the problem of Buddhism in general or the NKT. We made our decision public at this time -- everyone knows the NKT and myself completely stopped being involved in this Shugden issue at all levels."

Theory: Kelsang Gyatso became incapacitated between 1998 and 2008, enabling his in-fighting heirs to take to, against his 1998 promise, institute 100+ protest rallies, publish various published manifestos and design a multi-level Internet campaign against its enemies (Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhism, Tibet, Tibetan Lamas, the press and its member victims).

This way, Kelang Gyatso and NKT can say that he did not lie in 1998.

According to theory, management gave Kelsang Gyatso's reputation and NKT a black eye, tarnished the public image of Buddhism and hurt many Tibetans and NKT members.

Ego run amuck.


Editors Note:
Your theory could be right, particularly if NKT management actually wrote these emails signed by Kelsang Gyatso April 2008.

Dear Lucy,

You know that not one single student of NKT Dharma Centres in Florida joined the demonstration in Hamilton, NY, and this week the Admin Director of KMC Florida has resigned saying:

Since the beginning of our involvement with the NKT we have been repeatedly told that the NKT was not involved in politics. Now that the NKT has opened up with its political position and begun demonstrating I can no longer be a part of the organization.  This complete lack of honesty about the NKT's involvement in Tibetan politics is the reason for my departure.

This clearly shows that the students have seriously misunderstood the demonstrations through receiving wrong information from you – their Resident Teacher.  

You directly told me that the NKT was involving in political activities and that this was against the NKT and Dharma Centre constitutions; this is completely untrue.  

I am very sorry that you have not trusted me.  Because you do not trust me I cannot work with you therefore my conclusion is that you should resign from being an NKT Resident Teacher.  From 1st May 2008 you will no longer be an NKT Resident Teacher. I will prepare a new Resident Teacher for KMC Florida and Parbawatiya Center.

With much love and prayers,

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Email 2,

My Dear Students,

I need help from you to solve the Dorje Shugden problem created by the Dalai Lama. Right now the Dalai Lama is removing the Tibetan Shugden worshipers from the Buddhist community saying that Shugden worshipers are not Buddhist because they worship an evil spirit - Shugden. At the same time he is preparing to remove western Shugden worshipers from the Buddhist community with the same reasons. His aim is to destroy the pure lineage of Je Tsongkhapa´s doctrine. To stop this evil action, as the representative of the Western Shugden Society, I personally will organise demonstrations against the Dalai Lama directly. I requested Kelsang Pema and Kelsang Thubchen to do this job for me and they have accepted.

Please help Pema and Thubchen with whatever they need.

With much love and prayers

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Kelsang Gyatso has not been seen in public since 2013.