The Shamarpa, also known as Shamar Rinpoche, or more formally Künzig Shamar Rinpoche, is a lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism and is regarded to be the mind manifestation of Amitābha.
He is traditionally associated with Yangpachen Monastery near Lhasa.
Shamarpa who is also known as the red hat lama of the Kamtsangpa school, with Vajravarahi above the black cloak Mahakala. Depicting Lama Teacher - Shamarpa
The life of Shamarpa
In this portion, we are going to learn about the life of Shamarpa. Now, we are going to learn about the short etymological description of the word Shamarpa itself.
Etymology of Shamarpa
Shamarpa is known as zhwa dmar pa in Tibet. Shamarpa is also known as Shamar Rinpoche, .
Shamarpa Rinpoche was the emanation of Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light: a living example of the appearance of Amitabha in our world in the form of a Mahabodhisattva.
The Tibetan title of Shamar means “the lama of the ruby-red crown”, named after the replica of the Karmapa’s own crown which he bestowed on the Shamarpa. The successive incarnations of the Shamarpas are also known as the “Red Hat Karmapa”.
Birth and Early life
The 14th Shamarpa was born .
A tulku is a reincarnate custodian of a specific lineage of teachings in Tibetan Buddhism who is given empowerments and trained from a young age by students of his or her predecessor.
Historically, the tulku system of preserving Dharma lineages operated in Tibet with the first being the Karmapas.
After the first Karmapa died in 1193, a lama had recurrent visions of a particular child as his rebirth.
This child (born ca. 1205) was recognized as .
Karma Kagyu lamas are recognized for being masters of the practice of Mahamudra, a mystical path of Tibetan Buddhism that aims to achieve enlightenment by realizing the essence of mind.
They are often referred to as the "whisperers of Mahamudra," in reference to the oral transmission of these teachings which is done confidentially and intimately between the teacher and student.
Origin of the Karma Kagyu lineage
The Kagyu school, also transliterated as Kagyü, or Kagyud, which translates .
Buddhist monasticism is an important part of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, all the major and minor schools maintain large monastic institutions based on the Mulasarvastivada Vinaya (monastic rule) and many religious leaders come from the monastic community.
There are also many religious leaders or teachers (called Lamas and Gurus) which are not celibate monastics and in some cases the lama is the leader of a spiritual community.
Some lamas gain their title through being .
Rinpoche, also spelled Rimboche and Rinboku, is an honorific term used in the Tibetan language.
It literally means "precious one", and may refer to a person, place, or thing—like the words "gem" or "jewel".
The word consists of rin (value), po (nominalizing suffix) and chen (big).
The word is used in the context of Tibetan Buddhism as a way of showing respect when addressing those recognized as reincarnated, older, respected, notable, learned and/or an accomplished Lamas .
The birth of the 6th Karmapa, Tongwa Donden (1416-1453), at Ngomto Shakyam near Karma Gon in east Tibet, was marked by many auspicious signs. One month later, carried by his mother as she went begging, he became highly excited when their path crossed that of Lama Ngompa Chadral, a student of the fifth Karmapa.
When Lama Ngompa Chadral asked who he was, the child smiled and replied
“I’m the unborn, free from all names, places, and .
Lobzang Palden Yeshe is known as the 3rd Panchen Lama who was born in 1738 in Tashitse, Shang district, Tsang Province.
Panchen Lama is one of the most important figures in the Gelug tradition, with its spiritual authority second only to Dalai Lama.
The Viability of the Panchen Lama
In this portion, we are going to learn about the viability of the Panchen Lama. After that short etymological description of the word Panchen Lama itself, and finally .
Amitabha Buddha is also known as celestial buddha who described in the scriptures of the Mahayana school of Buddhism. Amitabha is the principal buddha in the Pure Land sect, a branch of Buddhism practiced mainly in East Asia. According to these Amitabha's scriptures, Amitabha possesses infinite merits resulting from good deeds over countless past lives as a bodhisattva named Dharmakara.
The Viability of Amitabha buddha
In this section, we are going to learn about the viability .
Rolpai Dorje who is known as the 4th Karmapa wearing the black crown and Khacho Wangpoa was the 2nd Shamarpa.
The Life of Karmapa Rolpai Dorje
In this portion, we are going to learn the life of the Karmapa Rolpai Dorje, after the short etymological description of the word Karmapa Rolpai Dorje itself.
Etymology of Rolpai Dorje
Rolpaie Dorje (1340- 1383) was the fourth Gyalwa Karmapa.
Earlier, we learn about the life of Rolpaie Dorje. Now, we are going .