Today the blood of a mighty lion has stained red the snows of Tibet, Chöje Akong Rinpoche has been assassinated in Chengdu. He will enter death with full lucidity, such was his kindness. Om mani peme hung. This is the message on from Lama Yeshe.
To all dear friends of Samye Ling and Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
I am very, very sorry to inform you all that tragically, my brother Choje Akong Rinpoche, my nephew and one monk who was travelling with them, were all assassinated in Chengdu today. Rinpoche's body has been taken to hospital where a post mortem will be carried out. That is all the news I have so far. If I receive further news I will let you know.
My nephew Kating Lama has been able to inform His Holiness Karmapa's sister who has informed H H Karmapa, H H Dalai Lama and Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa and they are all saying prayers.
We will have to do a lot of special prayers and make a lot of appropriate offerings on Rinpoche's behalf and any contributions you wish to make in his name will be much appreciated.
I request you all to do whatever prayers you can.
With best wishes,
Lama Yeshe Rinpoche
Born in 1940, in Dharak Village, Riwoche County, in the Chamdo area of Kham, which is part of the Tibetan areas of China, he was discovered at a very young age by the search party seeking the reincarnation of the previous (1st) Akong, Karma Miyo, Abbot of Lho Tsawagang Drolma Lhakang Monastery in Pashu County in the Chamdo area of Kham. The search party was following precise instructions given by HH 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Supreme Head of the Karma Kagyu Tradition…. In 2011 Akong Tulku Rinpoche was chosen as a recipient of the “60 years, 6 people” accolade, in which the British Home Secretary awards former refugees who have made an inspiring and meaningful contribution to Britain. Akong Tulku Rinpoche has authored 3 books, the first of which, Taming the Tiger, has been translated into 17 languages and is widely known. He has also presented several papers on Buddhism, medicine, charity and therapy and has been interviewed extensively by worldwide media. Akong Tulku Rinpoche is a guiding light in the transmission and preservation of Buddhism. His work has been profoundly influential in establishing Tibetan Buddhism's place in Western society and culture, both through his extensive projects and also through activities such as being the first Tibetan lama in Europe licensed to perform weddings and funerals. The increasing burden of his charity work abroad has led Akong Tulku Rinpoche to appoint his brother, Venerable Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche as Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland, who has since been successfully strengthening the monastic community there.
We long for the day that the land of snow is free of the oppression of the Chinese invaders.
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