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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
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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.