Dan74 wrote: Bluishpurple wrote:
Thanks for the responses guys, I will attend one of the groups. Is there any reason why I should stay away from the New Kadampa groups in particular?
And thank you for that link cooran but I'd already poached it from another thread
it's how I know about the Tibetan groups close by
New Kadampas are very controversial within the Tibetan circles both due to a particular practice of propitiating a spirit which the Dalai Lama and most eminent lamas believe to be malevolent and also for the cultish way in which their organization is run.
" Most eminant Lamas" ? Hardly.
The Shugden controversy is largely a Gelug issue, and is mostly about politics.
The Dalai Lama is a Gelug monk.
All human activity has a tendency to become enmired in politics, and Tibetan Buddhism is more political than most.
The reality beyond the Dharamsala press office is that a number of eminent lamas have always refused to acknowledge the Dalai Lama's authority...they include among many others Lama Ole of the Diamond Way Sangha,( probably the largest Tibetan Buddhist group in Europe ) and much of the Nyingmapa. ( which is both the oldest and largest Tibetan school ) Included among this group of dissenters are also some Gelug Lamas , and the new Kadampa is headed by a Gelug Geshe who denies the Dalai Lamas authority...and which subsequently has been demonised.
Anyone who finds themselves near a New Kadampa Centre will get a perfectly good ( if very basic ) grounding in ShamaTha and Vipashnya...( Samatha and Vipassana ).
Any further involvement will be up to them.