Official Statement of Shamar Rinpoche concerning Lama Naran Singh’s Recent High Court Case Against H. H. the Dalai Lama

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We learned from the media that Lama Naran Singh, an Indian national of Bihar (India), filed another court case against His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, India. We wish to inform everyone concerned that none of my followers nor I have any connection with Lama Singh in this regard and that he never consulted me or any of my followers directly or indirectly regarding his ideas, plans and actions. Furthermore my followers and I have never given any advice, recommendation or instruction to Lama Singh regarding his court case.

We know Lama Singh because he has been a disciple of Chogyam Trungpa, Kalu Rinpoche and the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa from whom he had received his monk ordination. He is also a disciple of Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche who initiated him into being a tantric practitioner with a consort at his side. He was also a very close disciple and friend of the late Kongtrul Rinpoche. A year before his death, Kongtrul Rinpoche had planned to build a monastery on Lama Singh’s land in Bihar.

It is well known that Lama Naran Singh is said to have had personal problems with His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a very long time. We heard that he even personally challenged H.H. the Dalai Lama during his teachings in Bodhgaya in the late 1970s. Taking advantage of the ongoing Karmapa controversy, Lama Singh filed his court case against His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi in the 1990s. At that time, after learning about it, I immediately wrote a letter to the minister of religious and cultural affairs of the Tibetan Government in Exile in Dharamsala and explained my position of being totally detached from all of Lama Singh’s ideas, plans and activities. In his reply, the minister of H.H. the Dalai Lama’s Government confirmed to me his conviction that Lama Singh is acting totally on his own behalf.

However, despite the above, some Tibetan troublemakers managed to publish an utterly false article in the Australian press which stated that I, Shamarpa, filed the court case against H.H. the Dalai Lama. This allegation was and is a blatant lie. At that time I had no means to fight against this deliberate defamation on a distant continent. Additionally, I did not wish to devote our precious time to such an obvious intrigue. Because of Lama Naran Singh’s recent filing of his latest courtcase against H.H. the Dalai Lama in India, I hereby wish to clearly emphasize once again that neither I nor any of my followers are directly or indirectly connected to Lama Singh’s previous and/or new activities. I sincerely advise everyone concerned not to believe any false rumours regarding this matter in case they should surface again somewhere in the world.

Shamar Rinpoche
Hongkong, 3rd January 2004