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FOR BREAKING NEWS: Please consult The official website of Shamar Rinpoche for the latest news & updates about events surrounding Shamar Rinpoche's passing.

FOR TRIBUTES: Please consult our Tributes pages for videos, slideshows, and teachings on the life of Shamar Rinpoche.

Official Statement from Bodhi Path on the Passing of Shamar Rinpoche

It is with deep regret that the Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers worldwide share the news of the sudden passing of our beloved master and founder, Shamar Rinpoche, on June 11th around 7:30 am (UTC+1:00). After he passed away, Shamar Rinpoche immediately entered the state of samadhi-at-the-moment-of-death (Tib: Thukdam) and remained in that state for the following two days with all the signs of a Buddha.


Rinpoches and Lamas of the lineage have been conducting the appropriate Buddhist prayers since Rinpoche’s passing, led by His Holiness Karmapa are being conducted for Shamar Rinpoche. Everyone wishing to pay their last respects to Shamar Rinpoche’s kudung can do so during the dates and venues mentioned below (with details to follow as available):

UPDATE: Due to some unanticipated circumstances the departure of Shamar Rinpoche’s kudung from Kalimpong on July 13, 2014 has been postponed. We will be providing the updates once the date has been confirmed.

With the blessing and support from H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje and Jigme Rinpoche, we will continue to preserve Rinpoche’s vision for the Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers worldwide during this period of transition.

As H.H. Karmapa mentioned in his statement on Rinpoche's passing, “We must dedicate our merits and practice to him, and do the practice of Amitabha, since he himself is the emanation of the Buddha Amitabha. So we must ask for his return, in order to benefit and guide us all towards enlightenment.”

Jigme Rinpoche, Shamar Rinpoche’s brother and guide for Karma Kagyu centers in Europe, has advised us all to follow Shamar Rinpoche’s precise vision and instructions for the Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers. Importantly, we should always keep in mind the spirit of loving kindness and compassion for all beings.

— Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers

About Bodhi Path

Bodhi Path is an international organization of Buddhist centers and groups founded by Shamar Rinpoche. Our purpose is to explore the methods and wisdom of the timeless teachings of the Buddha so that we can better understand and work with our mind and emotions. We apply our understanding by training in bringing kindness and discernment to everyday situations.