The late Akong Rinpoche to be the subject of a new film
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, one of the earliest pioneers in the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism to the West—and the victim of a widely-reported murder in Chengdu, China, in early October of this year (see Buddhadharma News stories here and here)—will be the subject of a documentary film that was already in the works before his untimely demise.
Produced and directed by London-based Chico Dall’inha, Akong: A Remarkable Life will explore the spiritual influence and extraordinary changes in fortune of Akong Rinpoche. Born in 1940 in eastern Tibet and enthroned as a reincarnate lama by age 4, Rinpoche had to flee the advancing Communist Chinese army in 1959 and enter India as a refugee. He emigrated to Great Britain in 1963, sustaining himself for several years as an orderly in an Oxford hospital.
By 1967, however, he and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche had founded Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West. Since then, Akong Rinpoche has steadily developed an international network of centers and projects dedicated to spiritual practice, healing therapies, and charity under the umbrella of ROKPA International.
The American Buddhist perspectives blog has just published an interview that Lisa Tully conducted with Chico Dall’inha about the film, which you may read here.
To learn more about Akong: A Remarkable Life, which has received an outpouring of support since Akong Rinpoche’s death, visit the producers’ Indiegogo page here.