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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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Murdered Tibetan Lama's last television interview

A Tibetan lama who co-founded the biggest Buddhist monastery in Europe has been murdered along with two colleagues in China.

Akong Rinpoche died alongside his nephew and a friend during a dispute over money in the city of Chengdu, according to the Chinese authorities.

ITV Border's Fiona Armstrong spoke to Akong Rinpoche last month at the Samye Ling Tibetan centre at Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway. It was the first Buddhist monastery to be founded in Europe.

Akong Rinpoche was interviewed for a two-part documentary for ITV Border, 'A Scottish Journey.'

His personal assistant Gelong Thubten confirmed it was his last television interview.

In it, Akong Rinpoche reflected on how attitudes had changed during his 46 years in Britain and about the ongoing need for cultures to live peacefully side by side:

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