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Tibet-Shamarpa-2014Dharamshala: - The Dharamshala based Tibetan Administration (CTA) Wednesday has conveyed its condolences over the demise of the 14th Sharmapa Rinpoche, a senior religious leader of Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

"We are deeply saddened to hear the sudden demise of Shamar Rinpoche and offer our prayers," Kalon Pema Chhinjor of the Department of Religion and Culture said in a press statement issued on 11 June, 2014.

"Shamarpa Rinpoche passed away - he got a sudden heart attack. The emergency doctors came here right away but couldn't do anything anymore," 'the International Bodhi Path Organization' said in a statement dated 11 June, 2014.

The statement said, "Rinpoche already had a short black out during the course but the doctors confirmed that even an immediate transfer to the hospital wouldn't have changed anything."

"Our founder and spiritual leader Shamar Rinpoche, passed away on 11 June 2014 in Renchen-Ulm, Germany."

The statement also stated that "Jigme Rinpoche and we all ask you to offer prayers for Shamar Rinpoche."

"Shamar Rinpoche died suddenly in Germany at the age of 62. He had just completed several days of teachings at his main European seat in Renchen-Ulm, Germany," the 'Administration of Shamarpa Rinpoche' said in a statement issued on the same day.

"Shamarpa Rinpoche's unexpected death leaves thousands of his disciples in Asia and the Western world greatly saddened and in a profound state of shock," the statement said, adding: "He touched the lives of countless numbers of people. His accomplishments as a spiritual leader will benefit sentient beings for years to come."

In the interview by iSikkim.com, Shamarpa Rinpoche said, His Holiness the Dalai Lama never opposed his recognition of Thaye Dorjee as Karmapa."

Shamarpa Rinpoche met His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on 13 August, 2010, in Dharamshala. "We had a discussion for approximately one and a half hours and had a very important and detailed exchange of views regarding the ongoing Karmapa controversy and its possible solution," Shamarpa said in a letter after the meeting.

"lthough this matter is not easily resolved, since it is connected to the politics of China and India as well, with His Holiness Dalai Lama’s blessing and support I am confident that there will be an amicable solution, which will be beneficial for the Karma Kagyü lineage, as well as for Tibetan Buddhism in general," he added.

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