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HH Karmapa and Shamar Rinpoche (1952-2014)
H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje
, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage, yesterday announced that it is his “solemn duty and responsibility alone to find the authentic incarnation of His Holiness Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche”.
The 14th Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro, passed away in June of this year. From his boyhood, Shamar Rinpoche had stayed close to the great 16th Karmapa and received all the Karma Kagyu transmissions from him. In turn, Shamar Rinpoche, as the second highest Karma Kagyu lama after the Karmapa himself, found, recognised, and enthroned H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje as the 17th reincarnation of the Karmapa. Shamar Rinpoche passed the precious Karma Kagyu transmissions on to him.
It is thus H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje who is qualified to recognise the next reincarnation of Shamar Rinpoche, and return the teachings to him. more…
The 14th Kunzig Shamarpa, Mipam Chokyi Lodro (1952-2014)
Western Buddhist organizations representing more than 700 Buddhist centers, monasteries and institutes of the Karma Kagyu tradition have requested their spiritual leader, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje
, to recognize the 15th reincarnation of the recently deceased 14th Shamar Rinpoche
, Mipham Chokyi Lodro.
The devotees of the 14th Shamarpa also follow his main student H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje, who received all of his spiritual transmissions. Therefore, only H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje will be able to transmit them back to the 15th Shamarpa in the future. For these reasons, the devotees of the 14th Shamarpa regard it as essential that his next reincarnation be recognized by H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje.
Read the full press release [PDF].
Dhagpo Kagyu Ling, France, 2014, October 1st
OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM WESTERN KARMA KAGYU ORGANIZATIONS CONCERNING THE RECOGNITION OF THE 15th KUNZIG SHAMARPA
Western Karma Kagyu organizations formally request H.H. Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje to recognize
the 15th Shamar Rinpoche
August 26, 2014, Dordogne, France: Following the passing of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche in Germany on June 11th, representatives of Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers, the Diamond Way Buddhist Foundation and the French Federation of Karma Kagyu Buddhist Centers met in France to discuss ongoing activities within the lineage in the absence of the Shamarpa. more…
Two decades after the first public lecture of Lama Ole Nydahl in Prague, the first stupa was inaugurated in the Czech Republic. It is a 7-meter high Enlightenment Stupa in Tenovice, the main meditation retreat center of the Czech Republic. The stupa was built by Maniwa Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, with the assistance of Lama Ole Nydahl and his students.
It is hard to imagine a better celebration of 20 years of Buddhism in the Czech Republic than the inauguration more…
On the morning of Thursday, 31st July, after weeks of expectation and preparation, the last rites began for one of the greatest Buddhist masters of our times. The 14th Shamar Rinpoche Mipham Chokyi Lodro had requested that his cremation be held at the Shar Minub monastery in Kathmandu, one of his main projects. “Shar Minub” means “to rise, and not to set”. The Shamarpas are emanations of Buddha Amitabha, and are said to repose between incarnations to a pure realm. A master as advanced as Shamar Rinpoche needs no help, as normal people do, to rise to such a state after death. Indeed, the pure land of Dewachen was created by Shamarpa himself, as Buddha Amitabha. Rather, the purpose of the elaborate ceremonies around such a being’s passing is for the benefit of the students, to give us the opportunity to realise that our mind is of the same nature and inseparable from the mind of the teacher, and to request that they return soon in a physical form. more…
The late 14th Shamar Rinpoche had a fondness for the country and people of Nepal. He made great efforts to establish a monastery at Shar Minub, in Kathmandu, for the benefit of Buddhist students in Nepal. And it was here that he asked to be taken after his death, for the ceremonial cremation that is the traditional farewell for high Buddhist lamas.
Historically, Nepal has always been an important place for Buddhism. The Buddha himself was born in Lumbini, in today’s Nepal, and the Shamarpas have for centuries held a close relationship with Nepal. Among many other connections, the 8th Shamarpa was born and the 10th Shamar Rinpoche cremated there. more…
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
Transcript of the video: more…
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.
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje has written a special prayer for the swift rebirth of Shamar Rinpoche, which is published on his website karmapa.org in Tibetan, Chinese and English.
The English translation is given below.
Photo credit: Tokpa Korlo, shamarpa.org
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:
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