Dearest dharma friends
I am speaking to you as one of many spiritual friends, standing shoulder to shoulder with you in these times, and in all times.
Since the passing in this life of His Holiness Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche on the 11th of June, I have been overwhelmed by your devotion. In my life, I have never seen such devotion. I wish you to know that your efforts are completely meritorious.
Part of the practice of compassion is to place yourself in the position of others. When I put myself in your situation, I can see how difficult this period must have been for you. Not only the sacrifices many of you have made – in terms of time, energy, leaving work, and perhaps more importantly, your families – but mourning the loss of our great teacher Shamar Rinpoche.
For those of you who wished to be present with the kudung of Shamar Rinpoche, but have been unable to do so, I have only my appreciation and prayers to offer you.
I see a great unity. This unity I speak of is not worldly or political in nature, but a unity of our hearts. Our hearts are deeply connected, and your devotion has helped reveal this connection.
Therefore, I wish to thank you from the depth of my heart and request that you continue with your prayers, and know that I will be praying with you in these times, and in all times.
Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, New Delhi, 30 July 2014