Samye Ling buddhists killed

The co-founder of the Samye Ling centre in Eskdalemuir has been killed in Chengdu, China, along with two other monks.

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Dumfriesshire MSP "deeply saddened" by death

Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has expressed her sympathies following the death of Dr Choje Akong Rinpoche, who founded the Samye Ling Tibetan centre and monastery at Eskdalemuir in 1967.

Reports from China say Mr Rinpoche, along with his nephew and a monk was killed in a residential area of the city of Chengdu.

The Chinese police currently have three suspects in custody with the investigation still on going.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mr Rinpoche. His founding of the Samye Ling Tibetan centre had a major impact not just on our region but on Britain as a whole.

"Although he is no longer with us, Mr Rinpoche legacy in our area will endure. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

– Elaine Murray, MSP, Dumfriesshire

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