New Kadampa Tradition – INFORM 2011 – Extremism on University Campuses

In their Annual Report 2011 INFORM reports to have received the most inquiries with respect to the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) / Kadampa Buddhism, founded by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 1991. Also in 2008 and 2010 INFORM received the most inquiries about the NKT. (I don’t know how the statistics were in 2009.)

In INFORM’s leaflet  “Extremism on University Campuses” from 2011 the New Kadampa Tradition is explicitly mentioned three times in three different contexts.

Here are some details from the Inform 2011 Annual Report with respect to the New Kadampa Tradition:

In 2011 Inform dealt with 342 enquiries. (It dealt with 341 enquiries in 2010.) There were enquiries about 73 different religious groups. Groups enquired about more than four times were:

New Kadampa Tradition 20
Unification Church 13
Church of Scientology 10
Rigpa 7
Brahma Kumaris 5
Believer’s Loveworld 5
Hizb-ut-Tahrir 4
The New Cathars 4
Mohan Singh 4
Transcendental Meditation 4

General enquiries about religious traditions or practices 71
General enquiries about Inform and its work 43

There were also 44 enquiries asking about groups that were at the time unknown to Inform; most of these have since been researched and added to the database.

Enquirers by category that enquired more than 4 times were:
Government Body 58
Chaplain/Church network 47
Academic/writer 38
Former member 33
Student 31
Media 29
General public 26
Relative/friend of member 19
Current members 19
Education Institution 7
Counsellor/Therapist 7
Advice Agency 5
Cult Watching Group 4