The Gyalwang Drukpa's Statement on Forceful Conversion of Drukpa Monasteries (The Annual Drukpa council)

10th September 2014
Over the last few days I have been receiving disturbing information from Tibet regarding the forced conversion of Drukpa Lineage monasteries in the Mount Kailash region by the Karma Kagyu Lineage. My followers in Tibet tell me that nearly all of the historic Drukpa Lineage monasteries in Mount Kailash region are being forcibly occupied by the Karma Kagyu Lineage, using money, coercion and certain Chinese support. Monks of the Drukpa Lineage looking after the monasteries, are suddenly exiled from their spiritual homes by the Karma Kagyu monks.
Historically the Drukpa Lineage and the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism have shared a deep and close spiritual bond. The Gyalwang Drukpas and Gyalwa Karmapas were known as Gyalwa Kar-Druk Yab-sey or “spiritual father and son” because whoever was elder would give spiritual guidance to the younger one. This close bond continued till the time of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa.
More than 15 years ago, Dri-ra Phug monastery, the seat of Gyalwa Gotsangpa who was the most illustrious disciple of the 1st Gyalwang Drukpa Tsangpa Gyare, was forcibly taken over by monks of the Karma Kagyu, saying that they were instructed to do so by His Holiness Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorjee. I did not believe then that His Holiness Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorjee would have given such an instruction because he was just a child at that time. Even today the name “His Holiness Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorjee” is being used to forcibly take over and convert the Drukpa Lineage monasteries to the Karma Kagyu. Historic pictures, images and art of Drukpa Lineage Lamas are being defaced and removed by the Karma Kagyu in an attempt to rewrite history. Despite what I have been informed, I still do not believe that His Holiness Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorjee would give instructions to forcibly take over Drukpa Lineage monasteries and convert them to Karma Kagyu.
However, it is definite that some high Lama of the Karma Kagyu with certain Chinese connections is misappropriating the name of Karmapa. Therefore, for the sake of religious and humanitarian harmony, I urge His Holiness Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorjee, as head of the Karma Kagyu, to instruct his followers in Tibet and elsewhere to refrain from taking over and forcefully converting Drukpa Lineage monasteries, and to issue a statement so that those within his lineage who have been using his name to conduct such oppression to leave forcibly occupied Drukpa Lineage monasteries and return those sacred heritage of all kinds, taken forcibly, to the Drukpa Lineage.
The Gyalwang Drukpa


  1. If the Gyalwang Drukpa is concerned about the Gyalwang Karmapa and the Karma Kagyu lineage, he should go to see him personally. To even imply that the Gyalwang Karmapa or another high Kagyu lama in Tibet is behind this is simply absurd. Another point, Karma Kagyu and Drukpa Kagyu are two branches of the same Dakpo Kagyu lineage tree. Our common forefather is Lord Gampopa. Therefore, these two streams of the same lineage should be in harmony. Thus I sincerely pray that the mind of the Gyalwang Drukpa and the Gyalwang Karmapa coalesce in mutual admiration and respect. For that to occur, I respectfully request the Drukchen Rinpoche to go to meet the Gyalwang Karmapa as soon as possible to resolve this issue.

    Karma Zopa Tarchin

  2. Lama Zopa, I agree that the situation is absurd, but in the era we live, transparency is everything. If these allegations are true, HHGK must condemn them in the strongest possible terms. This is not midieval Tibet!

  3. Karmapa Khenno, Tenpai Nyingpo Tongpa Nyi.
    Oh, The Dharma Holders, Boddhisattvas, Disciples of Buddha.
    Listen to yours Pure side of heart or mind.
    Do not waste time and being slave of afflictions.
    Rather be the commander or server of Buddhas and Beings.
    Thats the essence of coming to Samsara.
    Be grateful, appreciative and fortunate to be in His Presence.
    Be the model of harmony for Humanity
    As the world turn to His Genuine,Priceless Guidance.
    Do not disgrace or let down His Endless Services for beings.
    I pray this for sake of Humanity.
    Let us continue to have His Presence and Guidance.
    Without Him the life would be empty and hopeless.
    Emaho, Ombenzasato, Ombenzasato, Ombenzasato
    Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorji Khenno, Tashi Shok.....

  4. Jonathan Meyer is right here. We live in a time of deception and hypocrisy and must keep our eyes open.
    The Gyalwang Drukpa would not make such a statement if there was no facts to lead him to such upset. If "some high Lama of the Karma Kagyu with certain Chinese connections is misappropriating the name of Karmapa," this is actually not his business, but it is the Karma Kagyu people who must ensure they are themselves abiding by principles of honesty and transparency. I guess that's the meaning of the letter.


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