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