Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

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Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby Karma Jinpa » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:12 pm

Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Buddhist Centre
20 minutes ago · via Facebook:


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 then, were all murdered 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 appreiated.

I request you all to do whatever prayers you can.

With best wishes,
Lama Yeshe Rinpoche


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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby KonchokZoepa » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:50 pm

this is very sad and tragic. i met Akong Tulku Rinpoche last spring this year and i really really liked him. very gentle and loving energy. how could this happen.

please keep us updated what prayers are used and all the other information.

thanks.
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Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby palchi » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:17 pm

He is my teacher. He has helped me so so much in my life. I will miss him. Very sad.

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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby michaelb » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:19 pm

Very sad news. I've met Akong Rinpoche a few times and was always impressed by him.
Prayers for his swift return and condolences to his family and students.

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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby KonchokZoepa » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:24 pm

If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo

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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby philji » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:32 pm

Akong Rinpoche worked tirelessly for the well being of others...in Tibet, South Africa, Europe and of course UK. I took refuge with him in 2000. He will be missed by many..... May we remember him by practicing the Dharma.

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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby dzogchungpa » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:51 pm

Why would someone want Akong Rinpoche assassinated? Is there some political background here?
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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby DGA » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:13 pm

This is a terrible loss.

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to be clear: this is the Chengdu we're speaking of, correct?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chengdu

I'd heard this was the least unpleasant city in China...
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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby Paul » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:22 pm

I can't believe this. What horrific news. Who the hell would do something like this?
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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby conebeckham » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:23 pm

It appears there was a dispute about money...three Tibetans have apparently confessed to stabbing Akong Rinpoche and two in his party. Possible bandits?
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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby kirtu » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:29 pm

Our world has become totally unhinged. We need to very seriously consider the final words of Shakyamuni Buddha.

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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby KonchokZoepa » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:42 pm

tibetans????? this is hard to believe, where is this information coming from ?
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo

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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby conebeckham » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:44 pm

BBC

And it's not hard to believe, unfortunately. Plenty of Tibetan bandits out there.....parts of Tibet are quite dangerous, and always have been.
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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby JKhedrup » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:47 pm

Tragic. And disturbing.

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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby KonchokZoepa » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:51 pm

but this happened in china and not in tibet ? according to google maps and wikipedia chengdu is in china.
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo

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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby JKhedrup » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:52 pm

It is very close to the border of what was once Tibet (Kham), but is now incorporated into the province of Sichuan.

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Postby Karma Jinpa » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:56 pm

conebeckham wrote:BBC

And it's not hard to believe, unfortunately. Plenty of Tibetan bandits out there.....parts of Tibet are quite dangerous, and always have been.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-24449692

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Postby mutsuk » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:59 pm

JKhedrup wrote:It is very close to the border of what was once Tibet (Kham), but is now incorporated into the province of Sichuan.

It is the traditional capital of Sichuan. The Tibetan mafiosi from the local underworld are quite active there.

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Postby Karma Jinpa » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:02 pm

... I am shocked to hear that he along with two others has been taken from us so suddenly. I would like to offer my condolences to his family members, everyone at Samye Ling Monastery, the Rokpa Foundation, and all the persons involved in his projects in Tibet as well as to all of the students whose lives he touched.


http://kagyuoffice.org/condolence-message-from-the-gyalwang-karmapa-for-kyabje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/
"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, it happens that a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme

དྲིན་ཆེན་རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་མཁས་གྲུབ་ཀརྨ་ཆགས་མེད་རཱ་ག་ཨ་སྱས་མཁྱེན་ནོ།
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Re: Murder of Akong Rinpoche & Entourage

Postby Knotty Veneer » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:13 pm

I just saw this. I'm lost for words. He was one of my beloved teachers for 20 years. I just received the lung for the long Chod practice from him when I was last at Samye Ling in May. He was the closest thing to a living saint I have ever met.

Such a genuine, gentle, decent, decent man. Someone who truly did live for others. To die like this is so undeserved. He spent years building schools, hospitals and orphanages in Tibet, Nepal and Zimbabwe. I have seen him care for some of the most difficult people with personality disorders and mental illness with the utmost kindness, patience and compassion. He genuinely did not care for his own comfort or wealth or reputation.

He worked so hard to build Samye Ling - the temple was only completed this year. He was 74 and we all knew our time with him was not going to go on forever but this is too soon and in this manner is so completely wrong.

I am grateful for the example he gave me of how a true Dharma practitioner lives.

Please include him in your prayers tonight - although he will not need them - and us his students who assuredly will. We are so lacking in merit.
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