was born in Derge, Tibet. At the age of four he was recognized by
the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpei Dorje as the 14th Shamarpa reincarnation.
Upon the Karmapa´s request the Tibetan Government withdrew its onehundred
and fiftynine year old ban of the Shamarpas.
Shamar Rimpoche remained with the 16th Karmapa until his death in
1981. He received the entire cycle of Kagyu teachings from H. H.
the 16th Karmapa.
Since the 16th Karmapa's death in 1981, Kunzig Shamar Rimpoche has
devoted his efforts to the many projects initiated by the late 16th
Karmapa. He has completed the reprinting of the "Tengyur" a body
of twohundred and fourteen volumes in which prominent Indian and
Tibetan masters elucidate the teachings given by the historical
Buddha Shakyamuni. Shamar Rimpoche also supports and offers guidance
to Rumtek Monastery, the seat of H. H. the sixteenth Karmapa. 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 Rimpoche frequently travels abroad where he teaches at the
many Kagyu centers world-wide. He also plans to establish an institute
for higher Buddhist studies and a retreat center in Nepal.