Akong - a remarkable life - London Premiere
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We are extremely pleased to announce that, after several years in the making, the London premiere of the feature length documentary film about the life of Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Akong: A Remarkable Life, will take place at Kagyu Samye Dzong London at 7pm on Saturday 18th March in the presence of Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche. The film has been a labour of love for the film’s director, Chico Dall’Inha, who will introduce the film in person, as well as its producer, Jorg Wagner, cinematographer, Gerry McCulloch and Executive Producer, Vin Harris. It is, above all else, a film about compassion. Almost three and a half years since Akong Rinpoche’s senseless murder in Chengdu, China, his message of compassion-in-action needs to be heard more than ever.
Against a backdrop of stunning Himalayan photography, the film charts Akong Rinpoche’s perilous escape from Chinese-invaded Tibet, in 1959; to becoming a refugee, first in India, then in the United Kingdom; and his incredible life’s work, centred on the establishment and development of Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Scotland and of the many Buddhist Meditation Centres in Europe and Africa that have emanated from it. It charts an important period of history, from the political occupation in Tibet to social revolution in the West. It holds a spotlight to the many inspirational qualities that Akong Rinpoche embodied and the vast achievements beyond Samye Ling for which he was responsible, including his teaching, charity work, pioneering Tara Rokpa Therapy and the establishment of ROKPA International to name just some of the more notable.
Akong: A Remarkable Life is a story told by many of the people who knew him best. The sheer diversity of participants demonstrates the way that Akong’s embodiment of spiritual truth resonated through many walks of life and radiated in manifold directions. Among many others featured in the film are the Indian actor, Kabir Bedi; the writer, Mick Brown; and the politician, Lord David Steel. It includes unseen footage of Akong Rinpoche himself and features appearances by great living Tibetan Masters, such as His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa, the 4th Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, as well as other influential teachers in the West such as Akong Rinpoche's brother, Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche and Chime Rinpoche.
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