Carol and Linda, two former, long-term members of the New Kadampa Tradition who have broken free, speak about their personal experiences of the group and its involvement in the Dolgyal Shugden controversy.
From the NKS homepage: “This Yahoo group is not associated with the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). It is a place for former members to come and openly discuss what it was like being part of this sectarian cult. It is also a place where family and friends, of those who practice with the New Kadampa Tradition, can come and openly discuss their concerns for their loved ones. Whether you are a former member or have a loved one who still is, please feel free to share with others what your experiences where like practicing with the New Kadampa Tradition. So many of us who got involved with the New Kadampa Tradition got involved not knowing anything about their history. So many of us leave with our lives being totally devastated. Here is a forum for the people who have left to come and openly discuss how they got the courage to leave the New Kadampa Tradition and re-do their lives and, if they so wished, how they continued practicing Dharma without the fear and guilt that comes from practicing with a sectarian tradition.”
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You can read more about Carol’s experiences in “Spiritual and Visionary Communities : Out to Save the World” (“Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements” in chapter 4 of the book, “Realizing the Guru’s Intention: Hungry Humans and Awkward Animals in a New Kadampa Tradition Community”). The chapter explores the mechanics of life within NKT and offers insights into why an increasing number of former members have started to speak out, reporting their experience of the considerable damage membership of the organization has caused them.