Smear: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso encourages his students to see him as an ultimate spiritual authority

Truth: Here's a challenge: try to find one instance in Geshe Kelsang's books or teachings where he says, “I am your Spiritual Guide” or “You must follow what I say”. Geshe Kelsang is very humble and has never claimed to be an ultimate spiritual authority. He also attributes all his qualities and success to the kindness of his Teacher, Trijang Rinpoche.

In an introduction to a teaching in California, 1996, Geshe Kelsang said:

“I am a Buddhist monk, I came from Tibet. I am normally called Geshe Kelsang, my real name is Kelsang Gyatso. I am not a special person, just a humble Buddhist practitioner…

There are four different traditions in Tibet and I belong to the Gelugpa Tradition. Trijang Dorjechang is the lineage holder of the Gelugpa Tradition. He is our head Lama, chief Lama, lineage holder, our father. I was born from him. My lineage, all my teachings of Sutra and Tantra, came from him. Therefore, now my students who are giving teachings are also this lineage and have the unbroken blessings of this lineage. Through receiving his blessings, I now have an opportunity to help Western people in their spiritual development. All my ability to teach, write books, organize, help, everything came from this Lama. Without this Lama, Geshe Kelsang is powerless. He is still my life.”

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