Lord Steel of Aikwood opened the main temple at the Samye Ling centre in 1988, and has expressed his sadness following the death of Akong Rinpoche:
"That is shocking dreadful news.
"He was the moving spirit and founder of the Samye Ling monastery just over the hill from Ettrick and I knew him well and did the formal opening of the new temple.
"Thousands who passed through it will be grateful for his ministry."
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