Resolution of the Kagyu International Assembly Concerning Mr. Topga Yugyal

The resolution below was passed on December 3, 1992, at the Kagyu International Conference held in Rumtek, Sikkim, India:

The confirmation followed by the enthronement of the XVIth Gyalwa Karmapa on the golden seat of all the previous Karmapas, at celestial Tshurphu Monastery, was accomplished according to the letter of prediction left by His Holiness the XVIth Karmapa, before his parinirvana and according to the sacred vision of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama. But Mr Topga Yulgyal has refused to accept this decision based on the pure wisdom of Their Holinesses.

Most importantly, he has been repeatedly establishing His Eminence Shamar Rinpoche as the owner of the Dharmachakra Centre of Rumtek. There has been attempts made to take over the properties of His Holiness the XVIth Gyalwa Karmapa. He has sold for a price the Tashi Choeling Monastery of His Holiness, situated in Boomthang, eastern Bhutan.

Instead of taking proper responsibility at the headquarters of the Karmapa’s institutions, he has been creating disruptions between dharma teachers and their disciples, as well as causing disharmony within the various meditation centres.

Especially, he has led armed soldiers into this seat of the Karmapa, Dharmachakra Centre. The committing of such actions against the dharma is intolerable and unbearable to us. During the forty-nine days prayers, when the devotees at large came to pay their respects to the remains of His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, he caused disruptions, treating the sad occassion as inconsequential. On the 21st of November, 1992, the doors of the shrine room wree put under locks, thus making it impossible for the daily prayer ceremonies to be conducted therein. Similarly, the rooms of His Holiness the XVIth Gyalwa Karmapa and Karma Kagyu International Offices were all forcibly locked up.

In brief, since His Holiness the XVIth Gyalwa Karmapa passed away, he has been causing destruction of the dharma. Therefore, the Assembly of International Kagyu Centres condemns his actions and removes him from the position of Treasurer and General Secretary of the Karma Kagyu institutions.

The resolution is hereby passed on the 3rd day of December, 1992.

Kagyu International Assembly