16th Karmapa makes Shamarpa “sovereign of the lineage”

In 1964, Shamar Rinpoche was officially enthroned. The 16th Karmapa elevated him publicly to the highest position after himself within the Karma Kagyu order and appointed him as “sovereign” or “holder” (tib.: tenpa) of the lineager. The 16th Karmapa addressed at this occasion aprayer of long life to the Shamarpa in which he wrote:

 

“The most exalted, the lord of the lands of snow is Avalokiteśvara.

The coalescence of his essence is the glorious Karmapa.

Inseparable from his three mysteries[1], in the manner of the three lords[2],

Is his manifestation, the great emanation; the majestic sun,

Whom I invest now sovereign of the practice lineage’s order.

By the power of scattering auspicious flowers of excellent virtue

Combined with the true words of the riṣhi’s truthfulness

May he successfully and everlastingly be the sovereign of the order”

[1] Body, speach and mind of a Buddha.

[2] Vajrapāni, Avalokiteśvara and Mañjuśrī.

Tibetan original from the bschu drug pa rig pa’i dor je gsung ‘bum, the collected works of the 16th Karmapa:longlife shamar 16gk

 

Photo: The 16th Karmapa and Shamarpa in 1979.

16th karmapa shamarpa

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5 thoughts on “16th Karmapa makes Shamarpa “sovereign of the lineage”

  1. About his enthronement? That wasn’t the style of the time. But I checked it, it is really written in the longlife prayer (Trinle Tulku gave the tibetan in a foot note in a text of him, )

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