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Official address by His Holiness 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje on 30th June 2014, Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, New Delhi
The Passing of His Holiness 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro: A Spiritual Message for the Karma Kagyu Lineage
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Although the 14th Shamarpa Mipam Chokyi Lodro was a Buddhist master of great achievements, he was also a modest man. Therefore, even some of his students may not be aware of the importance of the role that Shamar Rinpoche played in the history of our Karma Kagyu lineage, and the range and scope of his activities. His newly updated life story highlights a small part of what made Shamar Rinpoche such an exceptional master.
When a Buddhist teacher passes away, it is traditional for their students to make wishes for their swift rebirth.
We wholeheartedly wish that our teacher the 14th Shamarpa not take rebirth in a different realm or otherwise delay, but return as soon as possible to teach and bless us.
The English translation is given below.
On the 19th June 2014, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje performed a traditional Buddhist ceremony today for his late teacher, Shamar Rinpoche.
Along with many Karma Kagyu lamas, ordained and lay practitioners, and dignitaries, HH 17th Karmapa paid respect in this way to the 14th Shamarpa before his body was carried out of the funeral home and taken onwards to Asia.
Shamar Rinpoche’s official website has a report.
Update: Video of Shamar Rinpoche’s kudung (physical body) leaving Germany for India:
From the 18th-19th June 2014, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje is staying in Renchen-Ulm, Germany, to pay his respects to Shamar Rinpoche and to take part in the traditional ceremonies. The 14th Kunzig Shamarpa Mipam Chokyi Lodro died on June 11th, 2014 of a cardiac arrest, at his main European centre in Renchen Ulm.
Rinpoche’s death has affected hundreds of thousands of Buddhists world-wide. Shamar Rinpoche was, after the Karmapa, the highest-ranking lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu tradition and one of the highest lamas of Tibetan Buddhism. He was the teacher of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje, and was instrumental in achieving the escape of HH Karmapa from Chinese-controlled Tibet in 1994 to freedom in India. Shamar Rinpoche passed on the transmissions of the Karma Kagyu lineage to Karmapa, as his predecessors had done for centuries.
HH Karmapa is coming to Germany to honour his friend and teacher and to conduct the Buddhist rituals that are traditionally performed when a great master dies. Karmapa will then accompany the body of Shamar Rinpoche to India.
Update: Video of Karmapa’s arrival in Renchen-Ulm, Germany:
Letters expressing their sorrow at the passing of Shamar Rinpoche have been written by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje, leader of the Karma Kagyu lineage, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, leader of the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, head of the Drikung Kagyu, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, one of the highest teachers of the Nyingma lineage, Lama Ole Nydahl, founder of Diamond Way Buddhism, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, as well as many other eminent Buddhist teachers more…
In addition to the many eminent lamas who have expressed their shock at Shamar Rinpoche‘s death and their admiration of his qualities and achievements in condolence letters recently, His Majesty the 4th King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, has written to Rinpoche’s brother Lama Jigme Rinpoche of his sadness at the loss of Shamar Rinpoche, whom he considered a “close and dear friend”.
His Majesty’s letter is published on Shamar Rinpoche’s website.
It is with great sadness that we report that our great teacher the 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche has died. Rinpoche had been travelling to different countries in Europe to teach his students, and had just completed several days of teachings in Germany. On June 11, 2014, Rinpoche died suddenly of a heart attack, at his main centre in Renchen-Ulm, at the age of 61.
Rinpoche then entered the meditative Thugdam state, in which masters of Buddhist meditation can practice after death, and remained there for 2 days. On the auspicious full moon day of Saga Dawa, when Buddha Shakyamuni entered into parinirvana, Rinpoche left his meditation state with all the signs of enlightenment. Rinpoche’s students and many lamas who had come from all over the world immediately began prayers for his swift rebirth, so that we can again benefit from his teaching and blessing.
Rinpoche’s kudung (physical body) will be taken in procession from the Renchen cemetery on the evening of Thursday 19th June. His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje is in Renchen Ulm, and will accompany Shamar Rinpoche’s remains back to India once the traditional practices are complete.
Returning after 36 years, Lama Ole rediscovers the continent he visited last in 1978, sent by the great 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. A new era for Buddhism in South Africa begins – the lama’s visit is a strong impulse to the already flourishing dharma activity of Buddhist centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town. more…