Statement of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche Concerning His Meeting with H.H.
the Dalai Lama On June 20, 2000
"I had the privilege of meeting with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Washington,
D.C. I feel fortunate to have enjoyed a frank, cordial and thorough
exchange of views with him about the issues surrounding the Karmapa
the Dalai Lama and Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche
the Dalai Lama informed me that he will insure that Ugyen Trinley is not
emeshed in the controversy between Situ Rinpoche and me. I greatly respect
him for taking this position, and I wholeheartedly support it.
Regarding the disagreement between Situ Rinpoche and me, H.H. the Dalai
Lama requested that we try to settle our differences and develop an amicable
relationship. In deference to His Holiness and for the sake of harmony
within the Kagyu community, I am open to this possibility. Since the start
of our discord, I have only reacted passively and defensively to Situ
Rinpoche's claims, accusations and overtly hostile actions. If his coalition
stops its aggressive maneuvering, the problem will naturally dissolve.
In spite of inadequate evidence and proper religious procedure, I concurred
that Ugyen Trinley Dorje be a Karmapa and the seat holder of Tsurphu monastery
in Tibet. I fully appreciate the reasons behind His Holiness's initial
consent to naming Ugyen Trinley as a Karmapa: the government of China,
in collusion with some Kagyu lamas, had already recognized him as Karmapa.
If the Karmapa Ugyen Trinley's flight from China in late 1999 was indeed
for the genuine purpose of gaining religious freedom, I congratulate H.H.
the Dalai Lama and our Tibetan Government in Exile over this development.
During my discussion with H.H. the Dalai Lama, I clearly reiterated my
unwavering position that the Karmapas and Shamarpas always have shared
equal authority within the Karma Kagyu Lineage. Throughout the disagreement
with Situ Rinpoche and his followers, my primary concern has been to protect
the spiritual integrity and pure lineage of the Karma Kagyu. As historically
is the role of the Shamarpa and according to accepted Karma Kagyu practices,
I managed to find the genuime reincarnation of the late 16th Karmapa Rigpe
Dorje. The 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje alone is, and always will be, the
spiritual Karmapa of the Karma Kagyu.
Karmapa Thaye Dorje is proving himself an exceptional religious leader
by manifesting many spiritual qualities. From an early age, he has steadfastly
displayed a compassionate and gentle nature. In the past year as he has
traveled throughout the world and offered blessings and teachings to countless
people, they have experienced him as a Boddhisattva and accepted his authenticity.
; I am very grateful that H.H. the Dalai Lama was willing to meet the
Karmapa Thaye Dorje in 1997. Although this could not occur due to a threat
of violence from Situ Rinpoche's party, I deeply appreciate His Holiness's
kind intentions. I am also pleased to have had the fruitful meeting with
H.H. the Dalai Lama last month in Washington, and I look forward to a
continuing, cordial dialogue with him."
[ July 10, 2000 ]