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'I'll always remember him'

Last year, Buddhist monk Dr Choje Akong Rinpoche was killed in China.

As co-founder of the Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery in Eskdalemuir - the largest of its kind in Europe - he's remembered fondly by people in Dumfries and Galloway.


Funeral of Samye Ling lama held in Tibet

Prayers are said in the Samye Ling temple on the day of the cremation. Credit: Ani Lhamo

Further tributes have been paid to the founder of the Samye Ling Tibetan monastery, in Eskdalemuir in Dumfriesshire.

Akong Rinpoche was attacked and killed with two others in China last month.

The funeral of Choje Akong Rinpoche Credit: Ani Lhamo

His body has been cremated at a remote site in Tibet, where photographs of the ceremony have been posted on the monastery's Facebook site.

People gather for the funeral of Choje Akong Rinpoche in Dolma Lhakang Credit: Ani Lhamo

The Facebook group reports that two days after the cremation, there was a very localised fall of snow considered to be highly auspicious.

Unseasonal snow fell two days after the funeral Credit: Ani Lhamo

Among the comments is one describing it as 'fittingly beautiful', and another which says Rinpoche was 'inspiring even in death.'

Locals say the snow was heavy and only fell in that area Credit: Ani Lhamo