Paying final respects to Shamar Rinpoche

Posted: 25.06.14


Dear Dharma Friends,

Since the Kudung of Sharmar Rinpoche arrived at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) from Germany, His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje along with the sangha has been performing daily prayers. During the first week, Vajrasattva’s practice will be conducted in the morning which will be followed by Guru Yoga practice of Dagpo Kagyus in the afternoon.

As per our earlier announcement, the Kudung of Shamar Rinpoche accompanied by His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje will be leaving for Kalimpong on the 1st of July. Once in Kalimpong, the Kudung of Rinpoche will be housed at Shri Diwakar Vihara Buddhist Research and Educational Institute that Shamar Rinpoche had established. Various Rinpoches and the monks will be conducting Vajrayogini puja for a week which will be followed by the Five Deities Chakrasamvara practice as a form of offering to Kudung of Rinpoche. The days at Kalimpong will also allow all disciples from Bhutan, Sikkim and the district of Darjeeling to pay their respects.

On 14th July, 2014, His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje will be accompanying Kudung of Rinpoche on the final journey to Shar Minub Monastery the main seat of Shamar Rinpoche, which will be the final resting place for his Kudung. While in Shar Minub Monastery, until the final rites are concluded, Red Avalokeshvara and subsequently Hevajra practice as offerings to the Kudung will be conducted.

31st July, 2014 which, coincides with the first turning of the dharma wheel by Buddha Shakyamuni, His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje alongside many high Rinpoches will lead and perform various Yidam practices, fire puja to commence a cremation ceremony along with the assembly of disciples from all over the world.

During Sharmar Rinpoche’s lifetime, it was his wish to build a Kudung stupa in the land of his own seat. Thus, a stupa will be constructed to contain the remains of the 14thShamarpa.

These remaining days will provide the opportunity for friends and disciples all over the world to pay their final respects.

Administration of Shamar Rinpoche