In Memory of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

14 Sep 2015

During his lifetime, the late Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche inspired countless individuals to lead a better life and his benevolent activity continues to this day through his many students and friends and the organisations he so carefully established around the world.

As the second anniversary of his passing approaches, we invite you to join us in reflecting on Rinpoche’s achievements and to consider how best we can honour our commitment to him.

There are so many ways to strengthen Rinpoche’s activity and to deepen our connection with him.

Dharma Activity

In recognition of Akong Rinpoche’s Dharma activity, and for the benefit of his students, Drupon Rinpoche will begin his teachings at Samye Ling on 8th October, the anniversary of Rinpoche’s passing.

Environmental Protection

This was dear to Akong Rinpoche’s heart and he dedicated a great deal of time and resources to protecting the fragile Tibetan ecosystem.  Countless sentient beings depend on this world for life and we can all support Rinpoche’s environmental work, wherever we live.  Consequently, we are offering the opportunity to sponsor trees and shrubs to be planted here at Samye Ling.  If this is something you would like to help with, please let us know by sending an email to   Alternatively, if you would prefer to plant trees or shrubs in your own locality, you can email us with the details.

Saving Lives

In addition to saving lives through sponsoring the release of animals destined for slaughter, we have the ability to save lives by reducing or giving up our consumption of meat, poultry and fish. Rinpoche spoke at length about the benefits of doing so from both a Buddhist and a health perspective. 

Another simple way in which we can help save lives is through donating blood. If this is something you would like to do in honour of Rinpoche, then please email us at to register your commitment.

Tara Rokpa

As a doctor of traditional Tibetan medicine, Akong Rinpoche dedicated much of his time to the establishment of hospitals and clinics and to the preservation of traditional herbal medicine in Tibetan Areas of China. 

He actively encouraged his students to look after their health and to refrain from unhealthy lifestyles.   

We all know the harm that can be caused by drinking too much alcohol.  Not only does it pose significant health risks, affecting thousands of individuals, and costing the NHS an estimated £3.5 billion each year, but it also causes immense suffering within families and communities the world over. 

In the spirit of his loving concern for us we therefore invite you to consider giving up or reducing your consumption of alcohol and/or tobacco.  On a worldly level, such a commitment brings health, social and economic benefits and from the dharmic point of view such a vow, taken with correct motivation, can generate vast merit.

With this in mind, we would like to share these words spoken by Akong Rinpoche at the last empowerment he gave at Samye Ling on the 27th of May, 2013, where he bestowed the Guru Rinpoche Long Life Initiation (click here for the full transcript):

‚ÄúTwo things I would appreciate, to eat less meat and to smoke less. That would be benefiting for you and since it is benefiting for you, I myself will be very, very happy.‚ÄĚ

If you are inspired to help fulfil Rinpoche’s vision for a better, more compassionate world and would like to make a commitment(s) to reduce or give up your consumption of meat/poultry/fish/tobacco/alcohol then email us at  to give details of the level of commitment and duration for which you intend to keep it.

Dolma Lhakang

As the Tibetan Seat of Akong Rinpoche, Dolma Lhakang Monastery has always played a vital part in Rinpoche’s activities.  Home to several hundred monks and nuns, many of whom are serious practitioners and scholars, it has, since Rinpoche’s passing, fallen to us to ensure the continuation of his monastery.

If you would like to help support Rinpoche’s Tibetan sangha please email

The merit generated by contributing to each of these activities and making commitments with pure motivation will be dedicated to the benefit of all sentient beings.

As previously, we will be compiling a list of the names, and commitments made before 8th of October, to be presented to His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and Chamgon Khentin Tai Situpa.

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