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Prayers for murdered Buddhist leader

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Prayers for murdered Buddhist leader

SPECIAL prayers for a murdered buddhist leader will be said at Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre at Eskdalemuir this weekend.

It is to mark the third anniversary of the death of co-founder and former abbot of the remote Dumfriesshire community, Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche.

He was killed along with his nephew and a driver in Chengdu, China.

Two men were later convicted by a Chinese court for their part in the killings.

A popular figure, Akong split his time in Scotland between Eskdalemuir and Dumfries where he lived with his wife and family.

He fled China in 1959 after the Tibetan uprising against Chinese control initially staying in India before making his home in the UK where he became a citizen.

Akong, in later life, had what was considered unusually good relations with the Chinese government and spent up to five months in the country some years in areas with a Tibetan population furthering the work of his charity.

A documentary entitled ‘Akong – A Remarkable Life’ is currently in production and is expected to be completed early in 2017 when it will be launched at film festivals.

In a message from Kagyu Samye Ling, friends and former students of Akong around the world were also invited to join in the tributes online.

A spokesman said: “You are invited to join us in remembering him and honouring his achievements in a very simple, but effective way by replacing your profile photos on Facebook, WeChat, Twitter etc with a picture of him.”



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