Letters of Condolence & Obituaries

Letter from H.H. the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje

Condolence from His Majesty the Fouth King of Bhutan Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck

Tricycle Magazine Tribute

Additional messages of Condolence

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

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

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.

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

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Letter from Tsonknyi Rinpoche

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

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