Mipham Chokyi Lodro 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 fifty nine year old ban of the Shamarpas.
Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche 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 traveld abroad where he thaught at the many Kagyu centers world-wide. He established an institute for higher Buddhist studies and a retreat center in Nepal – Shar Minub
The 14th Shamar Rinpoche Mipham Chokyi Lodro passed away on 11 June 2014 at his main Bodhi Path center in Germany – Renchen Ulm. Extensive ceremonies took place until the final cremation at Shar Minub in Kathmandu.
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