Akong Rinpoche


Birthday December 25, 1939

Birth Sign Capricorn

Birthplace China

DEATH DATE Oct 8, 2013 (73)

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Tibetan tulku who was most recognized for founding the Samye Ling Monastery in Eskdalemuir.

Before Fame

He traveled throughout the country performing religious ceremonies and providing treatment for the ill while he was still a teenager.


He and only 12 others survived an escape to India following the 1959 Tibetan Revolution. The group was so hungry that they boiled leather shoes for soup.

Family Life

He was born in Dharak Village, Tibet.

Associated With

He and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, were both native to Tibet.