Shamar Rimpoche Statement on September 11 Attacks.
How to React as a Buddhist to the September 11 Tragedy ?
During the past two weeks as I have traveled to several Bodhi Path centers in the United States, many members have asked me to explain the horrible acts of the terrorists on September 11and to suggest a course of action from the Buddhist perspective. I offer the following thoughts for my disciples’ guidance.
The terrorists who brought about this senseless tragedy are afflicted by ignorance and consequently can be deceived by a blind faith in a belief system that distorts the true spirit of Islam. They do not have the wisdom and proper sense of judgement to determine what is right and wrong. Because of their ignorance and blind faith, people with evil intentions manipulated and misused them. Therefore, just as we should show compassion on the victims, we should also have compassion on the
terrorists due to their ignorance.
When governments and individuals set a future course of action, their motivation or aim is the critical determinant to what is appropriate and morally correct. The seeking of revenge clearly is not acceptable in Buddhist terms. However, if a government or individual must take an action that has harmful effects but that is done for the purpose of preventing evil and benefiting the majority, this is acceptable.
According to Buddha’s teachings on ethics, I believe there are four different combinations of aim/intention and action. Listed from the most evil to the most compassionate, they are:
1) Bad or evil aim-negative or hurtful action
2) Bad aim-benign or positive action
3) Good, realistic aim-destructive or harmful action
4) Good or pure aim-benevolent action
In order to counter terrorism, governments of the world and their
leaders must pursue this goal only with the aim of benefiting everyone, including the ignorant terrorists themselves. If purely benevolent acts are inadequate to achieve this goal, then there is no choice but to engage in narrowly targeted acts designed to root out the evil of the terrorists while inflicting the least amount of harm to the innocent.
This can be accomplished through the use of our wisdom and compassion which we find through logical analysis that is a part of human wisdom.
It is important not to make decisions based on our obscured emotions.
On a personal level, we should not dwell in our sadness or fear over this tragedy. Instead, we should use it as an inspiration to develop our own compassion. We should make wishing prayers for the victims but also expand our wishes to include all beings who have suffered throughout the world. This tragedy must inspire us to achieve a vast compassion for all beings.
September 24, 2001
Teaching cycles and initiations at Karma Migyur Ling – France
web : http://www.montchardon.org
During his stay at Karma Migyur Ling from the 26th to the 30th of July 2001, Shamar Rimpoche gave a teaching on the " wishing prayers of mahamudra". This text, written by the third Karmapa is a summary of the path leading to enlightenment, including specific explanations on the nature of the mind.
Shamar Rimpoche expressed his joy to give this teaching for this occasion, since he explained he had just completed a few days ago the commentary of this very text : this situation created an excellent tendrel.
Both beginners and advanced students found insights to increase their understanding of the ultimate nature of reality.
On Saturday 28th of July, Shamar Rimpoche gave the empowerment of Buddha Amitabha.
Teaching cycles and initiations at Dhagpo Kundreul Ling – France
web : http://www.dhagpo-kundreul.org
During his last visit to Kundreul Ling in July 2001, Shamar Rimpoche transmitted the initiations and loungs to all retreatants getting ready to start the coming three years retreat. In addition, he transmitted the extensive Bodhisattva¹s vows according to the ligneage of the Profound Vision of Manjushri and Nagarjuna, which is an exceptional event. (It is only the second time that Shamar Rimpoche has given this type of vows in the Western World). Therefore this was a source of inspiration and practice for everybody, as well as a way to create a connection between the new retreatants and those who are continuing the activity outside the retreat centers.
Shamar Rimpoche has also blessed the great Buddha statue which is now full of blessings and which will be the center point of all practices and all offerings, turning this building into an authentic Buddhist temple from now on.
Lastly, on July 24, Shamar Rinpoché lead the Mahakala Puja in the great temple, newly consecrated. All retreatants -men and women- all lamas and drouplas, all the parents, friends, sponsors were gathered for a last farewell practice before each retreatant went to the retreat centers and start their practices.
To end this day, the droupeuns have closed the various droupkangs. Shamar Rimpoche left Le Bost the following day for Montchardon.
Teaching cycles and initiations at Dhagpo Kagyu Ling – France
web : http://www.dhagpo-kagyu.org
From July 2 – 8, 2001, Kunzig Shamar Rimpoche, in the presence of lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche , lama Jigme Rinpoche and the lamas and druplas of Dhagpo gave teachings and initiations at the european center of the Gyalwa Karmapa in Dordogne, France.
Kunzig Shamar Rimpoche arrived on the evening of July 1 and began teaching on the meditations of shine and laktong immediatly the next morning.
On July 5, about three hundred people came to receive the initiation of Milarepa, and on Sunday, Kunzig Shamar Rimpoche gave the Dorje Sempa initiation (transmission of Marpa) to more than three hundred fifty people.
In accordance with the wishes of Kunzig Shamar Rimpoche , a big event was organized to celebrate the silver jubilee of Dhagpo Kagyu Ling. Musicians , singers, puppeteers, mimists and story – tellers came and performed for the many practitioners and benefactors who had arrived to participate in the celebrations.
The evening of thanksgiving, which was held in gratitude for all those, who over the years had supported the growth of the center, ended with a spectacular fireworks display.
Kunzig Shamar Rimpoche left the center on Monday July 9, after having given his blessing to the sangha and student – practitioners of Dhagpo.
June 17, Natural Bridge, Virginia Bodhi path Buddhist center stupa consecration.
On Sunday, June 17, 2001, the Stupa at the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center in Natural Bridge, Virginia was consecrated in a ceremony performed by :
head of the Karma Kagyü School of Tibetan Buddhism and 14th holder of the Red Crown, a lineage of incarnate lamas beginning in the 14th century;
H.E. Beru Khyentse Rinpoche
the third incarnation of the great meditation master, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, who was recognized at age eight by H.H. the 16th Karmapa;
V.V. Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche
high lama and retreat master of the Karma Kagyü School of Tibetan Buddhism.
Bodhipath web site : http://www.bodhipath.org
During 16th – 17th March Shamarpa Rinpoche was present during the International Karma Kagyu Conference that was held in Kathmandu. After the conference he stayed in Kathmandu for a few days. During these few days many devotees visited him.
Apart from the names of the monasteries registered during the conference, an association of thirty more monasteries from Helembu (Nepal) came and put forth their support for Shamar Rinpoche and His Holiness Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje.
After that Shamar Rinpoche visited Kalimpong to inspect the Shedra (monk’s college) that is on the verge of its completion. During this week he also went to the residence of H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje and had an audience with Him.
After that he came back to Kathmandu on the 28th of March. Though his stay was only for a few days, many people came for his blessings. He also went to see the work progress at the foothill of Nagarjuna Hill where the new retreat centre is being built.
Following that he departed for Bhutan on the 2nd of April. There, he will be having audience with the many people including the royal family of Bhutan. He will then proceed towards New Delhi on the 8th of April.
Later during the month Shamar Rimpoche will be going to the United States of America to attend the conference that will be held in Virginia.