Messages of condolence on the passing of Shamar Rinpoche

14th Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro (1952-2014)

14th Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro (1952-2014)

We are saddened by the profound loss of our beloved teacher Shamar Rinpoche, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday, only a few short days after visiting us in the UK. Below are some messages of condolence as well as encouragement from many eminent Buddhist masters with whom Rinpoche shared a close bond.

H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje
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Dear Dharma Friends,

Even the greatest beings, including Lord Buddha himself, pass away. The impermanence of life is among the core teachings of the Buddha dharma.

Hi Holiness Shamar Rinpoche passed away this morning. Sadly, his physical manifestation has left our material world. Yet he was and continues to be our teacher, and his aspirations and blessings will remain with us always.

We must dedicate our merits and practice to him, and do the practice of Amitabha, since he jimself is the emanation of Amitabha.

So we must ask for his return, in order to benefit and guide us all towards enlightenment.

I would also like to express my compassion for His Holiness Shamar Rinpoche’s brother, Jigme Rinpoche, as well as the rest of his family and his students.

With prayers,

Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje
New Delhi, June 11 2014

Lama Ole Nydahl

Dearest Karma Kagyu friends worldwide,

We just had the deep loss of HH Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche from this world. However, as a Bodhisattva of unique qualities—both during and between his incarnations—he offers indestructible opportunities for many to absorb aspects of his immense blessing and insight.

Therefore: till we have the chance of meeting him in an incarnate situation again, let us remember him while invoking the Buddha of Limitless Light: OM AMI DEWA HRIH. He was truly a unique teacher and great example.


Lama Ole Nydahl
Diamond Way Buddhism of the Karma Kagyu lineage
Munich, June 11th, 2014

Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche

Today entire Buddhism, specially Karma Kagyu lineage fall in darkness with very tragic news of H.H. Shamar Rinpoche’s sudden passing away.

We are still in shocked with unimaginable news. We are paying gratitude to our late teacher H.H. Rinpoche with practicing worthy teachings received from him. Physically late Rinpoche is not with us but his planted seed of peace, love and dharma are within us. We are doing Amitabha prayers and calling guru from afar for his swift reincarnation.

We want to express our deepest condolences to Ven. Jigme Rinpoche and other family members.

Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and DSL family

Lama Jampa Thaye

Dear Dharma Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche’s passing. Our great master passed away suddenly this morning at the Bodhi Path center in Renchen-Ulm, Germany.

It is a tragic loss for the Karma Kagyu tradition and we feel it with a particular sharpness since it is only nine days since Rinpoche was with us. However, since the Guru’s dharmakaya is beyond coming and going‎, we should all strive to unite our mind with his during this time and follow the advice of His Holiness Karmapa.

With best wishes and blessings,

Lama Jampa Thaye

Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

I would like to request everyone to offer prayers for the sudden passing away of H.H. Shamar Rinpoche.

Wishing for his peaceful rebirth to guide and benefit all sentient beings.

Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

The Lamas of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, Kathmandu

Today’s startling news that H.H. Gyalwa Shamarpa Rinpoche has entered parinirvana at his Dharma Centre in Germany came as a great shock, filling us with sadness. Rinpoche’s very sudden and entirely unexpected passing is a tremendous loss to Buddhism, specifically to the Kagyu Lineage, and to a great many Dharma practitioners everywhere. It is as though the blackness of night has suddenly swallowed up our world.

Our sangha pray that Gyalwa Shamarpa’s enlightened activities and vast aspirations for the benefit of all beings continue to unfold, without interruption, and quickly reach fruition.

We wish to express our deepest condolences to Jigme Rinpoche, to Gyalwa Shamarpa Rinpoche’s other family members and to his extensive sangha.

May the sun of his next incarnation dawn as soon as possible!

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, Phakchok Rinpoche and Tulku Urgyen Yangsi Rinpoche

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche

As I have heard an unfortunate news that Kunzeg Shamar Rinpoche has passed away. As you know Shamar Rinpoche was close to our late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and all of us, so we all are doing prayers and offering butter lamps in the name of Shamar Rinpoche. May all of us wish a swift rebirth of Shamar Rinpoche.

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche

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