Konchok Yenlak (1526-1583) was born in upper part of Kongpo called Kyen, in the Wood Rooster year. The Eighth Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje, recognized him as the fifth Shamar incarnation. He studied with the Eighth Karmapa as well as with his student, Pawo Tsuklak Trengwa, and became a great scholar and meditation master. He received the full transmission of the Kagyu lineage and the Karmapa empowered him as the lineage holder. Konchok Yenlak's collected writings number many volumes. Shamar Konchok Yenlak recognized the Ninth Karmapa and became his principal teacher. At the age of fifty nine, he passed into parinirvana with many great signs of realization.
He passed on the full lineage transmission to the ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje.