About the Blog
This blog aims to correct and balance the misinformation campaign of the Western Shugden Society (WSS), a front group of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). The New Kadampa Tradition (NKT-IKBU) is described by researchers as a “controversial Tibetan Buddhist New Religious Movement (NRM)” or a “breakaway order of the Gelukpa”.
Because the activities of the Western Shugden Society have slowed down recent posts are focusing more on the NKT and the blog was renamed from ‘Western Shugden Society – unlocked’ to ‘New Kadampa Tradition / Kadampa Buddhism & Western Shugden Society’ on June 22, 2011.
Update March/April 2012
In March 2012 I decided to open the blog also for other contentious matters related to Tibetan Buddhism. That’s why the name of the blog has changed now to “New Kadampa Tradition, Dorje Shugden, Western Shugden Society & More—Shedding Light on Controversies Within Tibetan Buddhism”. On April 23, 2012 I renamed it to “Tibetan Buddhism :: Struggling With Difficult Issues—Controversies: Shugden, New Kadampa Tradition, Sogyal & more”.
Guest posts do not necessarily reflect the point of view of the blog owner. They are added to allow a constructive discussion from different angles.
To receive neutral information about NKT or any Buddhist organisation or teacher one can contact INFORM, founded in 1988 by Professor Eileen Barker with the help of British Home Office funding and the support of the mainstream Churches. It is based at the London School of Economics.
A forum “for the people who have left to come and openly discuss how they got the courage to leave the New Kadampa Tradition, but more importantly how they got the courage to continue practicing Dharma without fear and without guilt” is the New Kadampa Survivors’ Forum.
My name is Tenzin Peljor (Michael Jäckel).
I am a fully ordained Buddhist monk and a former teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) in Germany.
For more than six years (1995-2002) I was a follower of different Dorje Shugden Lamas, including Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Lama Dechen Losang Chöma, Dagom Rinpoche, Kundeling Rinpoche (Lobsang Yeshe) aka “Nga-Lama” and Lama Gangchen Rinpoche. One time I met also Gonsar Rinpoche and Trijang Chogtrul Rinpoche.
I was an active member of the past Media Campaign of NKT (1996-1998) against the Dalai Lama. For more about my personal background one can read my personal site.
 Clarke, Peter Bernard. New Religions in Global Perspective, page 92, ISBN 0-415-25748-4, Routledge 2006
 Mills, Martin. Identity, Ritual and State in Tibetan Buddhism – The Foundations of Authority in Gelukpa Monasticism, page 366, ISBN: 978-0-7007-1470-4, Routledge 2003