H.H. 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje
  H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje
  H.H. 14th Kunzig Shamarpa Rinpoche
  Venerable Lodro Rinpoche
  Lama Tenzin Wangchuk
  Lama Nyedon Rinpoche
  JE Karma Trinley Rinpoche

H.H. 14th Kunzig Shamarpa Rinpoche

On 11 June 2014 our beloved teacher, the 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche passed away in his cherished environment of Renchen Ulm, Germany, in the presence of his close family members and some of his closest students. The sudden loss to the world in general, to Buddhism in particular, and especially to his students, is profound and far-reaching.

Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche is second to Gyalwa Karmapa in the spiritual hierarchy of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. 14th Shamarpa was born in Derge, Tibet. At the age of four he was recognized by the 16th Karmapa, Ranjung Rigpei Dorje as the 14th Shamarpa reincarnation.

Kunzig Shamar Rimpoche remained with the 16th Karmapa until his death in 1981. He received the all Kagyu Lineage teachings from H. H. the 16th Karmapa. Since the 16th Karmapa's death in 1981, Kunzig Shamar Rimpoche has devoted his efforts to the many projects initiated by the late 16th Karmapa. He has completed the reprinting of the "Tengyur" a body of twohundred and fourteen volumes in which prominent Indian and Tibetan masters elucidate the teachings given by the historical Buddha Shakyamuni.

Shamar Rinpoche also supports and offers guidance to Rumtek Monastery, the seat of H. H. the sixteenth Karmapa. He co-founded and brought into being the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, New Delhi, India. The Institute currently offers courses in Buddhist studies for both monastic and lay students.

He has the great wish of the revival of the true spirit of Mahamudra. He has been in the process of retracing its roots through the ages, by collecting, revising and researching into the important works of many mahasiddhas, culminating in the "The Treasures of Mahamudra" by the 7th Karmapa. His vision includes the setting up of a teaching centre with special emphasis on Mahamudra, so that the future generations may not be deprived of something that is very essence of Buddhism and uniquely of the Kagyu lineage.

Source from Shamarpa official website