The XIV Shamarpa Rinpoche

El XIV Shamarpa Rinpoche

Mipham Chokyi Lodro was born in Derge, Tibet. At the age of four he was recognized by the XVI Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpei Dorje as the XIV Shamarpa reincarnation. Upon the Karmapa’s request, the Tibetan Government withdrew its one hundred and fifty nine year old ban of the Shamarpas.

Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche remained with the XVI Karmapa until his death in 1981. He received the entire cycle of Kagyu Lineageteachings from His Holiness the XVI Karmapa. Since the XVI Karmapa’s death in 1981, Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche has devoted his efforts to the many projects initiated by the late XVI Karmapa. He has completed the reprinting of the “Tengyur”, a body of two hundred and fourteen volumes in which prominent Indian and Tibetan masters elucidate the teachings given by the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. He co founded and brought into being the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, New Delhi, India. The Institute currently offers courses in Buddhist studies for both monastic and lay students.


Shamar Rinpoche frequently travels abroad where he teaches at the many Kagyu Lineagecenters worldwide. He also plans to establish an institute for higher Buddhist studies and a retreat center in Nepal.

At the present time, the XIV Shamarpa Rinpoche is in the middle of a polemic within the Kagyu Lineage of the Vajrayana Buddhism or Tibetan Buddhism, for elevating Thaje Dorje as the Karmapa and not as a simple Rinpoche, instead of supporting His Holiness the XVII Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. However, the last one received the full recognition of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, leader of the Gelugpa Lineage, who had a premonitory and illuminating dream on that score, as well as of the Chinese Government, that honours Ogyen Trinley Dorje as the main spiritual figure of the present. Likewise, the appearance of His Holiness the XVII Karmapa was announced in a prediction letter that the XVI Karmapa gave inside a medallion to the XII Tai Situpa Rinpoche, one of the regents of the Kagyu Lineage and holder of the Red Crown.

Explanatory Note

Regarding this controversy, Trikaya recognises the Shamarpa Rinpoche, together with Tai Situpa Rinpoche and Gyatsab Rinpoche, as one of the three regents of the Kagyu Lineage and protector of the Red Crown, and accepts his capacity to give teachings, but never and under any circumstance supports him in his affirmation of proclaiming Thaje Dorje as the Karmapa. In this sense, Trikaya expects in a near future to work with the governments of different countries for impeding Thaje Dorje to act as  the Karmapa.

(Text extracted from the Web page www.shamarpa.org and reviewed by Trikaya)