Biography Shamar Rinpoche
Shamar Rinpoche (1952-2014) is the 14th Shamarpa or Red Hat Lama from Tibet, a realized master and lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The lineage of the Shamarpas dates back to the 13th century and is the second oldest reincarnation lineage in Tibetan Buddhism. Shamar Rinpoche, who studied for many years with Buddhist scholars in India, was a modern master who knew best how to bring Buddha’s teachings and their deep meaning to the people of East and West and make them understandable.
In 1980, he began traveling and teaching at various Buddhist centers in Asia and the West, and in 1996 he organized the Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers. Rinpoche is the author of several books. In his book ‘The Path to Awakening’ Shamar Rinpoche gives a detailed commentary on Chekawa Yeshe Dorje’s Seven-Point Mind Training (Lojong), showing an easily accessible path, especially suitable for people in the West.
The 14th Shamarpa died suddenly and unexpectedly on June 11, 2014 at his main European center in Renchen-Ulm.