UK Tibetan monk killed in China

A Tibetan monk from Britain has been killed in China. Three suspects are in custody after Tarap Shetrup Akong was stabbed to death in a financial dispute in Chengdu in the south-west of the country.

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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:

Tibetan monk from Britain stabbed to death in China

A Tibetan monk from Britain has been stabbed to death in China.

Police in Chengdu, south-west China, say three suspects are in custody after Tarap Shetrup Akong was killed in a financial dispute.

Tarap Shetrup Akong, who co-founded a monastery in the Scottish Borders, has been killed in China. Credit: Samye Ling Centre

The UK Foreign Office said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Chengdu, China, on 8 October.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

Chinese police said three Tibetans confronted and killed the monk, his nephew and his driver.

Akong Rinpoche - who was addressed as such because of his respected status in the Tibetan Buddhist community - co-founded the Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery in Eskdalemuir Langholm, in the Scottish Borders.


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