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:
– David Steel, who opened the main temple in 1988
"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."