The Shamar Rinpoches

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Shamar Rinpoche (zhwa dmar), an important lineage of Karma Kagyu masters very closely associated with the Karmapas. The masters of the Shamar lineage, and others, are responsible for the continuation of the Karma Kagyu lineage in the absence and during the minority of the Karmapas. They were in the posession of a red crown, much like the black crown of the Karmapas, hence the name Shamar - Red Hat. Their seat was the monastery of Yangpachen (dpal yangs pa can) until it was impounded and converted by the Lhasa government. There is much political controversy around the lineage of the Shamar Rinpoches.

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