AKONG – A REMARKABLE LIFE at SOAS University of London

Akong – A Remarkable Life will be screened at SOAS University of London along with another film titled Digital Dharma as part of a day of discussion on Tibetan Buddhism. The director Chico Dall’Inha will take part in a roundtable discussion with other guests.


Tibetan Buddhism Turns Global: Books, Monks, and Remarkable Journeys
Date: 4 November 2017Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 4 November 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: SWLT

Type of Event: Round Table

Tibetan Buddhism Turns Global explores the arrival of Buddhism in the West, the factors that shaped its adaptation, and how it begun to gain influence in public discourse on religion and beyond.

In particular, it focuses on the journeys of two extraordinary individuals who crossed multiple borders and constructed extended networks of people and knowledge, leaving behind a much-treasured legacy. Their achievements are recorded in two films:

“Akong: A Remarkable Life” is an award winning documentary about how Akong Rinpoche’s dramatic escape from Tibet changed the course of his life, and the lives of many thousands of people around the world.

“Digital Dharma: One Man’s Mission to Save a Culture” chronicles the achievements of Eugene Gene Smith in the rescue of rare Buddhist books, in the preservation of the Tibetan religious heritage, and in its diffusion to the West.

The directors of these two films, together with invited speakers, attend the screening to participate in a round-table discussion. Here, they recall their experiences in producing the film, and explore the wider themes that spring from the events portrayed therein.

To attend this event, please register in advance by sending an email to ys13@soas.ac.uk.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies

Contact email: ys13@soas.ac.uk

AKONG – A Remarkable Life

We’re very pleased to share with you the news that the long-awaited premiere of the feature-length documentary film Akong-A Remarkable Life will be taking place on 16th March at Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery & Tibetan Centre in Dumfries and Galloway.

The film will be subsequently premiered at the Kagyu Samye Dzong London on the 18th and 19th March.

Embracing Death & Dying

Today at Kagyu Samye Dzong London took place an important event:

Embracing Death & Dying, a celebration of life through reflexion on death. The celebration

had free talks and workshops on subjects such as writing a will, the Buddhist approach to death and dying and

organizing a funeral. At the Death Cafe people discussed the taboo subject that many of us try to avoid.

It was a great event that attracted many people.

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Filmmaking Workshop

I want to thank all the participants of the Filmmaking with DSLR workshop. You were all amazing,

interacting all the time, shooting really nice footage and recording good sound. We went through various techniques

and the result are clear on the video we produced togehther. Many thanks and enjoy!


Compassion beyond Culture

On the 24th May, a Conference on the life of Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche took place at Wolfson College in Oxford. The conference presided by Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche from Serthar Monastery in Tibet, was organized with the aim to trace a concise picture of Akong Rinpoche’s life through the coming together of the various people who have been involved in his journey of helping others. The Conference was organized by Dr. Mingji Cuomu (Oxford University) and Gelong Thubten (Kagyu SamyeLing) and had a high number of people attending.

khenpo Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche copy Ken Holmes

Lea Wyler at Conference I      Mingji Tsuomo copy