Shamar Rinpoche Letter (June 17, 1992)


June 17, 1992

On March 19, 1992, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Gyaltsap Rinpoche and I held a meeting in which Tai Situ Rinpoche presented us with His Holiness' handwritten letter of prophesy, the sacred testament, which was found in Situ Rinpoche's protection talisman. At that time, a little doubt arose in my mind, but now I have attained complete confidence in Situ Rinpoche, and the contents of this letter, according to which the reincarnation has definitely been discovered and further confirmed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the incarnation of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa.

I offer my willing acceptance and henceforth, I will no longer pursue the matte of examining the sacred testament, etc.


Witnessed by Orgyen Tulku Rinpoche

Translated by Michelle Martin

Re-translation authorized by Shamar Rinpoche:

(Note: The above translation was made and distributed at Rumtek shortly after the letter was written on June 17th. Subsequently, on July 18, 1992, after consultation with his advisors, Shamar released the following revised translation.)

On March 19th, 1992, at a meeting with Jamgon Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche and myself, Situ Rinpoche presented a handwritten prediction letter from his protection pouch, claiming it was the written instructions of H. H. the 16th Karmapa (indicating his reincarnation). I had some doubts (about the letter's authenticity).

At this point, I rely on Situ Rinpoche (giving me correct information about H. H. the Dalai Lama's decision), Relying on our confidential discussion, I go along with the decision made by H. H. the Dalai Lama that a reincarnation has certainly been found as reincarnation of H. H. the Gyalwa Karmapa.

Hence, I suspend my demands such as having the handwritten prediction letter being subjected to a (forensic) test.

June 17th, 1992

Shamar Chokyi Lodro witnessed by Tulku Urgyen

Translation of Anne Ekselius authorized by Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche 

Lettre de Shamar Rinpoche 
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Le 17 juin 1992, Shamar Rinpoché, après s'être fait quelque peu prier, mais sur l'insistance formelle de son maître, Ugyen Tulkou Rinpoché, appose sa signature sur une lettre & accord. En voici le texte complet :

« Le 19 mars 1992, Tai Sitou Rinpoché, Jamgôn Kongtrul Rinpoché, Gyaltsap Rinpoché et moi même, nous avons tenu une réunion au cours de laquelle Tai Sitou Rinpoché nous a présenté une lettre de prophétie écrite de la main de Sa Sainteté [le seizième Karmapa], le testament sacré, trouvé dans une amulette de protection de Sitou Rinpoché. Sur le moment, un petit doute effleura mon esprit, mais, à présent, j´éprouve une totale confiance en Sitou Rinpoché et dans le contenu de cette lettre. Grâce à elle, la réincarnation a été découverte de façon certaine et ultérieurement confirmée par Sa Sainteté le Dalai Lama comme étant celle de Sa Sainteté Gyalwa Karmapa. je donne donc mon accord de bonne grâce et dorénavant je ne poursuivrai pas ma demande pour que le testament sacré soit examiné, etc. Shamarpa. Témoin: Ugyen Tulkou Rinpoché. »


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