Passing of Shamar Rinpoche
Shamar Rinpoche passed away this morning in Germany due to a sudden heart attack. Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro, was born in Derge, Tibet in 1952. At age four he was recognized by his uncle the 16th Karmapa as the 14th Shamarpa. He remained with the 16th Karmapa, from whom he received the entire cycle of Kagyu teachings, until the Karmapa’s death in 1981. His last communication with the Shambhala community, in 2006, was to share his pleasure that the Sakyong was continuing to fulfill the wishes of the Vidyadhara and creating Shambhala.