Trial under way for murder of Akong Rinpoche

20130902145445-Akong_Rinpoche_IITrial proceedings began yesterday in the Chinese city of Chengdu for he stabbing deaths of three men last October, among them Akong Tulku Rinpoche, a well-known teacher and the founder of the West’s first Tibetan Buddhist center in Scotland.

It appears from preliminary investigations that the murders may have stemmed from a monetary dispute. One of the accused, Tudeng Gusha, had spent five years sculpting Buddhist statues at Samye Ling in Scotland, but there is disagreement over whether he had been promised payment or was working as a volunteer.

Whatever is determined by the courts, Akong Rinpoche’s brother, now the abbot of Samye Ling, and the Karmapa have stated that it is not their wish for the death penalty to be imposed on those convicted of the murders.

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