Death of Akong Rinpoche

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  • Kokuu
    Treeleaf Priest
    • Nov 2012
    • 6791

    Death of Akong Rinpoche

    Although this is not strictly related to Zen, I am sure many people have heard of Samye Ling Buddhist monastery in Scotland. I have just heard the sad news that its founder, Akong Rinpoche has been reported killed (his brother used the word 'assassinated') in China along with another monk and a family member: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...tland-24449692

    Many in the UK and elsewhere have benefitted greatly from one of the first Buddhist centres to be established in the west and he will be greatly missed.

    Much metta to his family and the whole Samye Ling community.

    Andy
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39472

    #2
    I am sorry to hear this, and we sit for Akong Rinpoche and his family.

    The Buddhist world also notes the passing of another great Teacher in the Theravada Tradition, S.N. Goenka ...


    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    • Kokuu
      Treeleaf Priest
      • Nov 2012
      • 6791

      #3
      That is very sad to hear, Jundo. I have many friends who have gained a lot from Goenka's system of vipassana.

      Gassho
      Andy

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      • Mp

        #4
        Thank you for this ... I sit for all the great teachers who have left this world and great full for their dedication of practice.

        Gassho
        Shingen

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        • Dosho
          Member
          • Jun 2008
          • 5784

          #5
          I agree with Shingen; thank you for letting us know.

          Gassho,
          Dosho

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          • Ishin
            Member
            • Jul 2013
            • 1359

            #6
            Let's not forget to sit for the killers too. ( so pathetic all around)

            Gassho
            C
            Grateful for your practice

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            • sittingzen
              Member
              • May 2010
              • 188

              #7
              This is devastating. My goodness..

              _/\_
              Shinjin datsuraku, datsuraku shinjin..Body-mind drop off, mind-body drop off..

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              • Kyonin
                Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
                • Oct 2010
                • 6742

                #8
                Sitting for all the masters whose names have been said and for the ones unsaid.

                Sitting with compassion for people creating chaos rooted in greed, ignorance and aversion.

                Gassho,

                Kyonin
                Hondō Kyōnin
                奔道 協忍

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                • Ishin
                  Member
                  • Jul 2013
                  • 1359

                  #9
                  Kyonin your English is better than mine
                  Grateful for your practice

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                  • Kyonin
                    Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
                    • Oct 2010
                    • 6742

                    #10
                    Originally posted by Clark
                    Kyonin your English is better than mine
                    Hondō Kyōnin
                    奔道 協忍

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                    • Hans
                      Member
                      • Mar 2007
                      • 1853

                      #11
                      Hello,

                      I just returned from a weekend retreat where quite a few UK dharma pioneer old-timers were present...his name was mentioned even once or twice. I am sure they are devastated now.

                      My prayers and wishes go out to all of his family and students.


                      Gassho,


                      Hans Chudo Mongen
                      Last edited by Hans; 10-09-2013, 12:44 PM.

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                      • Shokai
                        Treeleaf Priest
                        • Mar 2009
                        • 6391

                        #12
                        may we all have the energy to continue to practice in their name
                        合掌,生開
                        gassho, Shokai

                        仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

                        "Open to life in a benevolent way"

                        https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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                        • Joyo

                          #13
                          Originally posted by Shokai
                          may we all have the energy to continue to practice in their name
                          I agree. Very sad tragedy, but may all great teachers' legacies live on through our practice.


                          Treena

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