Monk who founded first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West reportedly “assassinated” in China

Monk Killed:  Choje Akong Rinpoche, a monk who founded first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in   Britain, reportedly “assassinated”

Choje Akong Rinpoche

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Choje Akong Rinpoche Photo: FACEBOOK

Dr Choje Akong Rinpoche, the founder and abbot of the Samye Ling Tibetan   Buddhist monastery in Scotland, has reportedly been “assassinated” in south   west China.

Akong, 73, who had lived in Britain since 1963, founded co-Samye Ling in 1967   in a former nurses’ home in Eskdalemuir, Dumfries and Galloway. It was the   first Tibetan   Buddhist monastery in the West, and is home to a community of around 60   monks and lay-people.

A statement from police in the Chinese city of Chengdu said Choje Akong   Rinpoche, his nephew and his driver were killed in a residential area.

It said three suspects – all Tibetan – had stabbed the men to death in a   dispute about money.

A statement posted on the Samye Ling website by Akong’s brother Lama Yeshe   Rinpoche said: “To all dear friends of Samye Ling and Choje Akong 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 then, 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.”

Akong fled from Tibet into India in 1959, following the Chinese occupation of   the country. But in recent years he had established unusually good relations   with the Chinese government, and was able to travel in the country   supervising schools and medical programmes that had been established by his   charity ROKPA International. He was on a visit to these projects when he was   killed.

Akong had played a key part in one of the most controversial episodes in   Tibetan Buddhism in recent years. In 1992, he led the search party that   brought a seven-year-old boy Apo Gaga from his home in a nomad’s tent in   Eastern Tibet to Tsurphu monastery, near Lhasa, where with the permission of   the Chinese authorites, he was enthroned as the 17th Karmapa, Urgyen Trinley   Dorje – the second most important figure after the Dalai Lama in the Tibetan   Buddhist hierarchy.

In 2000, at the age of 14, the Karmapa escaped from Tibet into India, when it   became apparent the Chinese would not allow him to receive his lineage   teachings and had designs to use him as a political “puppet”.

In a statement from Gyuto monastery, near Dharamsala, the Karmapa said: “Akong   Tulku has been my friend from the time I was seven. A social activist, he   showed great kindness to Tibet by founding schools and hospitals, printing   old texts, and helping many people. Thus I am shocked to hear that he along   with two others has been taken from us so suddenly.”

The Foreign Office said: “We can confirm the death of a British national   in Chengdu, China on 8th October and we stand ready to provide consular   assistance.”

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