The New Kadampa Tradition ~ International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) now has many rules, checks, and safeguards in place to try to avoid wrong doing and heavy handedness. However, individual centers are run by humans who inevitably make some mistakes. There have been occasions of unfairness, fear-mongering, and gaslighting, all of which have been pointed out by former members of the NKT who have named themselves the “New Kadampa Tradition Survivors”. We apologize to them sincerely for any harm that has been caused. We also try to address their criticisms on this site, and invite people to contact the Education Council Reps in the NKT office directly with any specific questions or concerns — we promise we will look into them.
The NKT also owes some gratitude to the “NKT Survivors” for pointing out legitimate causes for concern. It means that the organization (which is not deliberately trying to do harm) has tried harder not to repeat the wrong-doing; and a lot of the Survivors’ criticisms have resulted in improvements in the Centers, managers, and students, as well as more safeguards, accountability, and transparency. The Survivors are therefore responsible for helping the NKT to improve.
Most of these criticisms are about events that occurred a number of years ago. It doesn’t excuse those behaviors, of course, but it does show that the organization has improved. We are optimistic that there have been considerably fewer causes of concern in recent years. This can be seen in the absence of any new criticisms the NKT Survivors are making (apart from a few rather strange comments about Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s passing). New material tends to be memes of regular Kadampas wandering around, chatting, standing in front of shrines, or teaching, etc, with the addition of quotes.
(Image courtesy of Nagarjuna Center in Argentina, a typical NKT Center.)