This is the official blog accompanying the New Kadampa Truth website.
For over 10 years Kadampa Buddhism in the West in the form of the New Kadampa Tradition ~ International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) has been subject to a great number of false allegations. The purpose of this blog is to encourage a new dialog based on facts and the truth rather than smears and innuendos in order to restore neutrality into the discussion.
We understand that every respectable organization in this world has both supporters and detractors. For example, in the USA, Republicans and Democrats go at it on the blogs continuously; but at the end of the day both the Republican and Democratic parties are traditional institutions that form the foundation of American society. All great religions and historical figures also have supporters and detractors, so we do not expect, nor would it be healthy, for the NKT-IKBU only to have supporters. That’s dictatorship.
As a new non-profit organization first introduced in the West just 25 years ago, we definitely make mistakes. As many people have said, we all make mistakes — the question is do we learn from them? If this blog shines a light on genuine mistakes that we are making, then this can only be good news for our tradition because it will help us to improve. Similarly, when outrageous and blatantly false allegations are made, this blog will provide a forum for quickly disproving these rumors circulated by our detractors. For a general list of the main or repeated false smears made about NKT-IKBU, and their refutations, please visit www.NewKadampaTruth.org
As individuals and as an organization, with the help of the Internal Rules, we are trying honestly to learn from our mistakes, and it seems that we are having some success. For example, as a former detractor said recently:
“Actually in practice a lot has happened. People have been reading what we wrote. So now those of us who left a few years ago are in danger of criticising an organization that essentially no longer exists. The people we talk about are no longer around, and they no longer influence people. Some of their students are around, but they are being actively encouraged to change. … The teachers who left showed, in quite dramatic ways, that their Dharma strategy didn’t work, and not many people are likely to follow a failed strategy. There are many very intelligent people in the NKT who were well aware of those failures, able to analyse and come to conclusions, and able to influence the psychological environment of the organisation. Issues have been recognised, acknowledged, and changes have/are been made. I’m optimistic, because we haven’t been ignored.”
Meanwhile, we encourage you to participate fully in our new blog. Please make comments or ask questions. If you wish for our correspondence to be private, we will of course respect that (write to: firstname.lastname@example.org). It is only if smears appear publicly that we will address them on this website.