Conference on the Life of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

31 Mar 2014

Dear friends,

We have entered the Year of the Wood Horse without the presence of our Precious Refuge Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. As you all know, Akong Rinpoche was an exceptional Master who was supremely skillful in demonstrating the true teaching of Lord Buddha through his actions, who was always reliable and patient and who deeply touched the hearts of a vast number of people through his excellent qualities. 

We are planning a conference at Oxford University, which we hope will be presided over, depending on travel permission, by the High Khenpo of the famous Serthar Monastery in Tibet. The aim is to trace a concise picture of Akong Rinpoche’s life through the coming together of the various people who have been involved in his journey of helping others, either spiritually through dharma centres, or improving the quality of life through charitable activities, or delivering therapeutic healing to those who are suffering from various health conditions or who wish to develop their minds through therapeutic techniques, as well as those many individuals whose lives were positively influenced through encountering him.

The aim is to record in writing the activities which Rinpoche established through his supreme loving kindness, compassion and mindfulness, which not only brought positive changes to society at large but also made many individual lives more fulfilled and meaningful.

Our aim is that the contributions from this conference, as well as selected writings sent in by others, will be collated into a book about Rinpoche's life. The 'Namtar' or life story is seen as vital for summarising the great deeds of an enlightened master as well as for the continuation of the beneficial work of the reincarnated Bodhisattva Lama. Our wish is that the Serthar Khenpo will guide the traditional presentation of Rinpoche's spiritual accomplishments, so that the Namtar will be developed in the most authentic way possible.

We very much hope that you can attend. The conference will take place on Saturday May 24th at Wolfson College, Oxford. There is a booking fee of £28 per person to cover the college costs (lunch, light refreshments), and for an additional fee overnight rooms can be provided by the college, however we are also looking for local people who can offer accommodation.

The format of the conference will be a combination of presentations by key speakers and group discussions. Attendance is open for all, but registration is required for booking a place in advance. The full program will be sent out shortly. 

If you are able to attend, please fill in the attached booking form (below) and mail it to the address provided. If you have any questions, please email

With best wishes,

Dr. Mingji Cuomu (Oxford University) and Gelong Thubten (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