Shamar Rinpoché (1952-2014), dont le nom signifie « détenteur de la Coiffe rouge », était le principal disciple du XVIe Gyalwa Karmapa. Il a reçu de son maître toutes les transmissions de la lignée kagyü et il est resté auprès de lui jusqu’à la mort de dernier, en 1981. Il a retrouvé sa réincarnation au Tibet et, pendant de nombreuses années, il a assuré la formation du XVIIe Gyalwa Karmapa, l’actuel Karmapa. Durant plus de trente ans, il a développé une vaste activité au service de la préservation d’une transmission spirituelle authentique. De manière générale, les shamarpas assurent la continuité de la lignée kagyü en détenant celle-ci durant la période de transition entre deux incarnations du karmapa et ils sont souvent responsables de la recherche et de la reconnaissance du nouveau karmapa. Les karmapas et les shamarpas sont étroitement liés à travers les siècles.

Toute la vie de Shamar Rinpoché a été dédiée à une inlassable activité au service de tous les êtres. Il a réalisé cela en utilisant tous les moyens habiles grâce auxquels il pouvait venir en aide à ceux qui en éprouvaient le besoin. En 1996, Shamar Rinpoché a mis en place, en Asie, en Europe et en Amérique du Nord, un réseau de centres bouddhistes, basé sur une approche non sectaire du bouddhisme. Il a fondé également plusieurs instituts bouddhistes ainsi que des centres de retraite en Inde, au Népal et au Tibet. En janvier 2009, il a créé la fondation « Compassion infinie » pour protéger le droit des animaux. Jusqu’à ses derniers moments, il a enseigné et voyagé pour aller à la rencontre de ses étudiants, leur prodiguant de sages conseils pour améliorer leur vie, gagner en indépendance, s’ouvrir aux autres et continuer le chemin vers l’éveil. Shamar Rinpoché est décédé paisiblement le 11 juin 2014 en son siège européen, le centre de Renchen Ulm, en Allemagne, entouré de ses étudiants proches. Bien que son corps physique ait quitté ce monde, son travail et sa bénédiction resteront toujours présents grâce à la vaste activité qu’il a accomplie à travers le monde.

Vigilance COVID at Montchardon

The programme now takes place under special circumstances, since the Centre may resume its activities provided that the health rules are strictly observed.

The conditions of participation imply strict compliance with the barrier measures, whether for practices or courses.

Here is how we will organize ourselves.
For places of worship such as Montchardon, the rules set by the State are as follows:

  • - upon arrival at the Centre, the trainee must not be ill or show symptoms of the virus.
  •  obligation to maintain a distance of 1m around oneself, in the temple, in the refectory and when moving around the Centre,
  • - mandatory wearing of a protective mask in :
    •   - the temple: permanently during the teachings and daily collective practices.
    •   - the refectory: from the entrance to the moment of sitting down and if you get up to get a drink or to go out.
    •   - all other situations: as soon as it is difficult to maintain distance from others,
  • - hand washing with hydro-alcoholic gel at the entrance and exit of the temple and refectory, every time you enter the self-service area and on all occasions when you have to touch a collective object.
  • - An identifiable member of the administration will be responsible for the entry and exit phases of the prayer area to ensure that the rules are respected.

If you are unable or unwilling to follow these guidelines, we ask that you do not come to the Centre while these rules are in effect. The same applies, of course, if you are ill or have symptoms of the virus.

About Lama Teunsang

It is essential to protect Lama Teunsang whose immunity is compromised, making him extremely vulnerable to infection, and the people at the centre are in daily contact with him for meals and care. This also means that it is not appropriate to return to Lama Teunsang's home to greet him. For the compelling reasons mentioned above, he currently only receives those who care for his health.

No offering of kata to Lama Teunsang
It is asked to stay away from him, at least 1m and not to offer him a kata.
This use, so much appreciated by all of us, is currently suspended during the Covid period, to preserve its still fragile health.

Individual interview with Lama Teunsang
We asked Lama Teunsang about personal interviews. He does not wish to resume them for the time being. We will inform you of their resumption when he tells us so.
However, it is possible to request an interview with one of the Lamas of Montchardon. See with the translator.

In brief

Access to the temple will be limited to 80 people to respect sanitary distances. For accommodation, the rooms with several people will become individual accommodation, except for couples or families. The number of dormitory places will be reduced to space between beds. We will thus be able to accommodate about 80 people. The campsite will be open, the installation of the tents will have to follow the same instructions. We will have disinfecting liquids in all the places where it is necessary.

We would like to remind you:

  • - on the one hand, failure to respect the rules could lead to the closure of the Centre and legal proceedings.
  • - on the other hand, we have a moral obligation to protect ourselves and others from a potentially dangerous disease, especially since we live in collective premises.

As Buddhist practitioners, the constraints of masks, social distances and frequent hand washing can be integrated into our practice, as a constant training for vigilance and support of attention in our daily actions. It is also a great opportunity to practice the awakening mind, the altruistic attitude: "I commit myself to make this effort, thinking more about the well-being and health of others than about my own inconvenience". These are the skillful means of Dharma called " integrating unpleasantness into the path ".