Akong Rinpoche's Archive

Dear Friends,

Thank you very much for your contributions towards the exhibition and the ongoing Akong Tulku Rinpoche archive.

At Kagyu Samye Ling on October 8th 2014, we opened a memorial exhibition of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche's life, to mark the anniversary of his passing. It was wonderful that so many people were able to come and experience the exhibit on that day, and since then many more have spent time there. The exhibit is housed in the Rigpe Dorje Hall, opposite the visitors' reception office. The photographs encompass as much of Rinpoche's life as possible and celebrate his wonderful activi-ties throughout the world.

This is also the start of an ongoing archive of Rinpoche's work and teachings, to be entitled the Akong Archive.

We would like to encourage centres and individuals to continue to send photos, documents, letters or any other information which would help us to archive the life and activities of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche.

If you are unable to come to Samye Ling to see the exhibit we hope you enjoy the brief film which has been made.

Sending Content

Digital Content

Small files: If you have any material which would be of help and which can be emailed, then please email directly to AkongArchive@samyeling.org.

Large files: If you have anything that would be of help but too large to email, then please upload it via one of the online transfer sites (dropbox, yousendit, wetransfer, sendspace etc.), and send the link to: AkongArchive@samyeling.org.

Resolution: If you have any original images, please scan them and send at as high a resolution as possible.

Naming: Please include the date (or year) of the image, and your name within the file name, so that we have a reference.

Non-Digital Content

If you are unable to scan your non-digital content and are happy to donate it please post it to:

Akong Archive,
Administration Office,
Kagyu Samye Ling,
Dumfriesshire DG13 0QL
Scotland, UK.

If you would like it to be included and returned, and we can scan it at Samye Ling, then please post it to the above address and also enclose an SAE, or let us know if you are coming to Samye Ling and can collect it.


Please help us with cataloguing by giving as much information as you can about the item you are sending:

1. When it was taken.
2. Where it was taken.
3. Something about the event or happening.
4. Your name.

Credits & Copyright

If you are sending imagery then please include the name of the photographer, and an acknowledgement that you own the imagery and are happy for the image to be used and reproduced for the exhibition and/or the archive. If you do not know who took it please send it anyway.

Please pass on this information to anyone you know who has a connection with Rinpoche and may be able to contribute to the archive. Akong Rinpoche touched so many lives and helped so many people, and it would be lovely to be able to include as much as possible of that sentiment and ex-perience within the archive, both for the purpose of preservation as well as to potentially expand the exhibition or create further exhibits in different locations and countries. In this way, more beings can benefit from Rinpoche's actions in the future.

Samye Dzongs

In the different Samye Dzongs around the world would you please put this request up on your notice boards and send it out on your mailing lists. Please let individuals know about this request who you think would have something to contribute - thank you.


If you have any questions about how to send content or what may be applicable, then please email AkongArchive@samyeling.org.

Best wishes and many thanks,
Archive, Kagyu Samye Ling. 

The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
Chamgon Kentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche