Imagine living life as a Tibetan refugee in the #USA. Leaving everything you know behind. Your home, family, friends, language, food, your monastery, your entire life. A new start, a new hope, a new life.
Where do you look for strength? Community of course, and your faith. His Holiness visits, and you travel 800 miles, save for months to see him. When you get there all of a sudden you see Americans shouting, banging drums, holding signs with an image of your spiritual leader, His Holiness hurting people, stomping on them. “Why are these people doing this? Why are these people doing this at my teachings? Why are they holding signs telling me to stop following my Dalai Lama? What problem do these privileged white people have with me and my religion? How can they be real monks and nuns and behave like this?” Imagine how deeply disturbing this would be for a Tibetan refugee. Most of these people screaming at their teachings and gatherings are from a New Religious Movement called the New Kadampa Tradition aka Kadampa Buddhism aka Modern Buddhism. They’re mainly white, mainly middle class, definitely privileged to be citizens of the USA or EU or UK. Imagine the hurt, then ask yourself if that’s something you’d like to join in and do. Would you do this to Tibetan refugees regardless of why it is these people do it? Where do you draw the line? Keep that in mind when you see adverts for “meditation classes.” This is where they recruit new people. In short, Buddhist cults DO EXIST. They’re bizarre, harmful, and they sucker people in all the time under the guise of Buddhism. Does this look like Buddhism?! #kadampa#kelsanggyatso#meditateinmexico#kadampabuddhism#nkt#buddhism#meditation#mindfulness#zen#yoga#tibet#tibetans#refugees#refugeeswelcome#catskills#sagharbor#meditateinhouston#meditateinlondon#meditateinmelbourne