Nepal retracts permission for Shamar Rinpoche’s cremation

Following directives from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nepal’s government has retracted its permission to allow the body of Shamar Rinpoche, who died in Germany on June 11 of a heart attack, to be brought to Nepal for cremation. Nepali officials stated clearly that the decision was not a response to pressure from China; however, as the New York Times reports, “the police and political parties [of Nepal] strictly prohibit activities considered to be ‘anti-China.’”

It had been Shamar Rinpoche’s wish for the rituals around his cremation to be carried out at his home monastery in Kathmandu. For the present, his body is being held in the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in New Delhi.

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UPDATE: The Nepalese government did ultimately grant permission for the cremation, which was held in early August.