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    Death of Akong Rinpoche

    Although this is not strictly related to Zen, I am sure many people have heard of Samye Ling Buddhist monastery in Scotland. I have just heard the sad news that its founder, Akong Rinpoche has been reported killed (his brother used the word 'assassinated') in China along with another monk and a family member:

    Many in the UK and elsewhere have benefitted greatly from one of the first Buddhist centres to be established in the west and he will be greatly missed.

    Much metta to his family and the whole Samye Ling community.


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    I am sorry to hear this, and we sit for Akong Rinpoche and his family.

    The Buddhist world also notes the passing of another great Teacher in the Theravada Tradition, S.N. Goenka ...

    Gassho, Jundo

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    That is very sad to hear, Jundo. I have many friends who have gained a lot from Goenka's system of vipassana.


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    Thank you for this ... I sit for all the great teachers who have left this world and great full for their dedication of practice.


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    I agree with Shingen; thank you for letting us know.


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    Let's not forget to sit for the killers too. ( so pathetic all around)


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    This is devastating. My goodness..

    Shinjin datsuraku, datsuraku shinjin..Body-mind drop off, mind-body drop off..

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    Sitting for all the masters whose names have been said and for the ones unsaid.

    Sitting with compassion for people creating chaos rooted in greed, ignorance and aversion.


    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Kyonin your English is better than mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Kyonin your English is better than mine
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    I just returned from a weekend retreat where quite a few UK dharma pioneer old-timers were present...his name was mentioned even once or twice. I am sure they are devastated now.

    My prayers and wishes go out to all of his family and students.


    Hans Chudo Mongen
    Last edited by Hans; 10-09-2013 at 12:44 PM.

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    may we all have the energy to continue to practice in their name
    合掌 仁道 生開 - gassho, Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    日々是好日 【nichi nichi korego nichi】Every Day is a Good Day!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shokai View Post
    may we all have the energy to continue to practice in their name
    I agree. Very sad tragedy, but may all great teachers' legacies live on through our practice.


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