Country Roads Swift Return, Shamar Rinpoche

Shamar Rinpoche, Bodhi Path Natural Bridge VA - Photo by Karma Sherab

Shamar Rinpoche, Bodhi Path Natural Bridge VA – Photo by Karma Sherab

Some western visitor to Shamar Rinpoche’s monastery left a cassette tape of this John Denver song with Rinpoche when he was a young monk, and it became his favorite song. The band is the Bodhi Band made up of BodhiPathers from all over who revise favorite songs to reflect Buddhist teachings and who play every year at the annual gathering celebrations.


(Composed in a slightly hidden way)

Almost heaven, sweet Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River.
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, growin’ like a breeze.

CHORUS : Country roads, bring Him home
To the place He belongs:
Sweet Virginia, mountain mama
bring Him home, country roads.

All my mem’ries gather ’round Him:
Mind training, stranger to no one.
Deep and lightly, dancing in the sky*
Taste of youthful moonshine**, teardrop in my eye.

I hear her voice, in the mornin’ hours she calls Him
This song will remind Him of his home far a-way
And walkin’ up the path I make the wish that
He’ll come home some happy day, happy day……


*Kacho Wangpo (second Shamarpa)
** Gampopa


Shamar Rinpoche: The Road To Kalimpong

Road to Kalimpong

Road to Kalimpong


Shamar Rinpoche’s Kudung makes the journey from Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in Delhi to Diwakar Buddhist Academy in Kalimpong, as hundred’s line the road to pay hommage to their teacher.

Everything, everything is impermanent.
Nothing is permanent, so you should be aware of it.
Therefore, you should not be surprised when something is changed.
Not permanent.
So you should accept it, you should understand that things are not permanent.

If you think whether there is a chance to be liberated, or get out of these problems of suffering or whatever,
Yes, there is!
It’s naturally there, naturally.

It is not that you have to depend on a kind of, somebody’s blessings,
The cure is within you.

All the phenomena does not carry any substantial existence, or ultimate existence.
It is, it carries, the quality of illusion.
Therefore, Buddhism is a great knowledge,
Buddhism follows the nature of phenomena.

The Buddhist view follows the nature of phenomena,
and by knowing so you can cure the problems,
you can develop the cure from within it.

So meditation follows the nature, it is a natural antidote.
So once you learn the meditation and how to improve your wisdom,
How to overcome all your illusions, all your ignorance.

Everything, everything is impermanent.
It is, you will change, it will be changed.
So, yes, change is inevitable.

Official address: The Passing of His Holiness Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche