The New Kadampa Tradition is a cult formed from the Buddhist religion. It is a cult based on reincarnation and the belief in karma. Any religious belief that does not believe in the One true God and the redemption of sin through the blood of Jesus Christ is, in my opinion, a cult.
Depending on how you define cult, all religion could be considered a cult. They all ask for some form of donation or sacrifice from a person. All religions ask that a person base some idea on faith rather than logic. All religions have a leader of some sort that is followed and worshipped almost to the point of being a deity. This includes Buddhism, which is the basis of NKT.
The New Kadampa Tradition can be designated as a cult because it brings a diverse group of people together in one thought and one purpose. They practice Buddhist traditions in mediation and chants and attitude, but they focus in on peace. A cult is not always a bad thing if the people in the groups are doing things that better the world.
They are an empire building and money obsessed organisation. The people within the organisation mean nothing to those pulling the strings, they're just a cog in the machine, and when they're of no more use, they're discarded.
They also use guilt as a tool to manipulate people.
And they have 19 million in a big fat bank account, but are always pleading poverty!
I found this years ago, I am not ordained very strong minded.
Also I do not like rules I live in my home with family have practised these teachings prayers meditations. They are transformative if used in everyday life. The centres choose their own linage as I feel others do. I read many books years gone I read books at home on angels, healing reiki ect. My belief is the Buddha seed light within us all is same essence as what other faiths call god.
Ive never seen god as bloke on street, see it as mass light consciousness in every living being. This is in these teachings.
It teaches how to see the world in a way different so you can expand your love & grow. I didn't go for years cos of work family commitments. If it was cult I would av got brainwashed certainly not.
Been gifted with healing ect no one said I cant use gifts to make income, which I need to do they encourage me in life that's why ive gone back. Meditation is planting positive light to universe also prayers which earth needs at this time. It will grow as more people struggle to find inner light peace within.
No, the New Kadampa Tradition is not a cult, because it is similar to the rest of Buddhist teachings. The New Kadampa Tradition focuses primarily on meditation. The Tradition follows a variety of traditional Buddhist teachings, along with a few variations. But there is no variation that is so great that it becomes a cult, instead of Buddhist teachings.
Much like Christianity there are many branches of Buddhism and the New Kadampa Tradition is simply another off shoot of Buddhism and it should not be considered a cult. The followers of the New Kadampa Tradition still follow the basic tenets of Buddhism, for the most part, and are not necessarily following anything that is found to be out of the ordinary for Buddhism.