'When I learnt the circumstances of my brother's death and the identities of those who killed him and his nephew and driver, I felt extremely sorry for them because it shows how one moment of misguided anger can ruin so many lives. So, instead of feeling angry I feel compassion for them...'(Lama Yeshe)
Lama Yeshe also said:
We should all have the bodhisattva attitude of mind and feel compassion and forgiveness towards those responsible for Rinpoche’s death. I have been able to forgive and this is how I was freed from my suffering.
Anger at Thubten Kunsal, as Lama Yeshe's advice implies, is pointless. it does not undo Akong Rinpoche's murder. It does not punish Thubten Kunsal nor does it purify his negative karma. Anger only prolongs our own suffering at Rinpoche's loss. Only through forgiveness is anger lifted. Forgiving Akong Rinpoche's murderers allows us to remove our own suffering, move on and start to do something to resolve the problems that it has caused for Rinpoche's projects, his students and also for those who killed him.
I went to Samye Ling the weekend after Rinpoche was killed. I remember clearly Lama Yeshe saying that the statues etc. that Thubten Kunsal created there and in London Samye Dzong would remain. They will be reconsecrated but that's it. I was particularly struck by this
Events and objects affect us only if we allow them too. I had a tough time going into the small Shrine room that contains a beautiful 1000-armed Chenresig sculpted by Thubten Kunsal. Lama Yeshe reminded us that the problem is created by our minds and the associations that we choose to make. We should instead remember what the statue represents rather than who made it. A wonderful teaching.
Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it - Mark Twain.