Master Atisha’s Advice – Are these New Kadampa Truths?

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According to the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT), NKT cherish these values:

“Always be peaceful and harmonious with others”

“Although we wish for happiness our ignorance leads us to engage in non-virtuous actions, which are the main cause of all our suffering. Also, if we do not cultivate and maintain a good heart our selfish motivation destroys harmony and good relationships with others. We have no inner peace and no chance to gain pure happiness. Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.”

see Modern Kadampa Buddhism – Brochure

At the same time NKT/WSS offer noisy public protests, raising their fists, yelling, shouting and disturbing the public peace and the Dharma teachings of H.H. the Dalai Lama – exaggerating events and facts – and libel one of the most respected spiritual Buddhist master of this world by naming him:

“The 21st Century Buddhist Dictator” who would be the sole source of certain perceived problems.

The entire Tibetan community have lost their trust, peace and harmony, and are experiencing a very dangerous situation. The source of all these problems is you. Through your negative policies, the Kagyupas are divided into two groups, and they have lost their trust, peace and harmony, and their common spiritual activities. Gelugpas are also divided into two groups 1) those who follow your view believing that Shugden is an evil spirit, and 2) those who believe that Shugden is a Wisdom Buddha, and have subsequently lost their trust, peace and harmony, and their common spiritual activities and live in a dangerous situation. The source of all these problems is you.

This statement is not correct at all. Looking in the history and researching the Shugden issue unbiased brings to light that it is the practice of this controversial ‘protector’ and how it was used by adepts and the views they propagated in that context which is the main source of quarrel, split, schism, sectarianism and fear. This is also true in the context of the schism at the Manjushri Institute (UK, Ulverston), the former crown jewel of FPMT, now the head center of NKT.

Especially Nyingmapas and Kagyuepas fear Shudgen worship and reject it. Also the majority of the Gelug school reject Shugden worship and the Sakyapas see Dorje Shugden as a lower protector of minor importance. (see Dorje Shugden, A Spirit of the XVII Century, Provocations of the Gyalpo and Wikipedia: Dorje Shugden’s Enlightened Lineage or How to Make ‘History’) It is also misleading to claim H.H. the Dalai Lama had split the Kagyue School. The Kagyue School has split itself; and only when H.H. the Dalai Lama was asked directly about his opinion by two persons in charge of the recognition (H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche and H.E. Gyaltsab Rinpoche), H.H. the Dalai Lama expressed his opinion. (see The Karmapa Controversy)

On top on these false or contorting allegations NKT/WSS doesn’t hesitate to belittle or libel the Dalai Lama by stating further:

All these horrible situations have developed through the power of your evil actions. This is our valid evidence to prove that you are not Buddhist. Because of this, we also believe that you are the saffron robed Muslim. Throughout your life you have pretended to be a Buddhist holy being giving Buddhist teachings that you have stolen from Trijang Rinpoche. By doing this, you have cheated people throughout the world. In summary, it is clear that your real nature is cruel and very evil.

Does NKT/WSS wish to crucify the Dalai Lama?

Are these allegations in accordance to the own teachings which NKT claim to cherish so much?

According to NKT’s translation of “Advice from Atishas Heart

Beware, offending a holy being is worse than dying, therefore be honest and straightforward.

Since all the happiness and suffering of this life arise from previous actions, do not blame others.

Do not look for faults in others, but look for faults in yourself, and purge them like bad blood.

Do not contemplate your own good qualities, but contemplate the good qualities of others, and respect everyone as a servant would.

Always keep a smiling face and a loving mind, and speak truthfully without malice.

If you talk too much with little meaning you will make mistakes, therefore speak in moderation, only when necessary.

If you engage in many meaningless activities your virtuous activities will degenerate, therefore stop activities that are not spiritual.


Avoid all haughty, conceited, proud, and arrogant minds, and remain peaceful and subdued.

Have no hatred for enemies, and no attachment for friends.

Do not be jealous of others’ good qualities, but out of admiration adopt them yourself.

Avoid activities that are said to be meritorious, but which in fact are obstacles to Dharma.

Avoid friends who cause you to increase delusions, and rely upon those who increase your virtue. This you should take to heart.

This is the advice that the holy being Venerable Atisha gave to Venerable Jang Chub Ö.

Address to NKT

Please NKT/WSS if you wish to be taken seriously as authentic Kadampa Buddhists take these advice of Atisha to heart. Are you practising what you preach? Are you following Buddha or Devadatta?

Open Letter to NKT by an anonymous Bhikshu

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and members of the NKT.

You have correctly pointed out that monks have been expelled from their monasteries in South India for breaching Monastic Rules in relation to the worship of Shugden and you loudly protest your indignation around the world championing the cause of human rights.

But contrary to your false assertions HH the Dalai Lama has publicly and repeatedly said people are free to propitiate the deity if they so choose.

Here is the solution that will unmistakably show who is sincere.

NKT here’s the challenge!

Go to India, buy land and build a monastery for all the monks and nuns who worship Shugden. Build houses, clinics and schools for all those lay people you claim are oppressed by the Tibetan Government in Exile and denied their basic human rights.

Now is the time for compassionate action not empty words.

Prove you are sincere and want to right the terrible wrongs.

Come on NKT – show the world who you really are.

Are you serious or not?