Mindfulness Based Living Course
Introductory Session – 18th May 2019
MBLC Starts – 1st June to 20th July 2019
Cinema Event: Akong. A Remarkable Life
Date: 17th June 2017
Location: Rio Cinema
107 Kingsland High Street
Join us for an afternoon showing of Akong – A Remarkable Life followed by Q&A’s with Director Chico and Executive Producer Vin Harris
Proceeds go to Akong Memorial Foundation
To book go to: Akong A Remarkable life
A brief synopsis
Akong – A Remarkable Life tells the story of Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist master, compelled to flee his homeland in 1959 at the height of Sino-Tibetan tensions and forced into exile into unknown lands. Later he would become, along with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, one of the key pioneers of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.
In 1959, at a young age, Akong becomes the Abbot of Dolma Lhakang monastery in Eastern Tibet and the path of his life seems fixed. However, political turmoil changes everything as he is reluctantly forced to flee his homeland on a dangerous journey whose end is uncertain.
During the ten month escape across the Himalayas to India, Akong comes close to death, being one of only 13 of 300 compatriots to survive the arduous journey. As he lay, near death, in a cave in the Himalayas, he makes a promise that, if he survives, he will devote his life to helping others.
He makes it to India only to battle life-threatening tuberculosis. There Akong meets an Englishwoman, Freda Bedi, who runs a refugee camp in harrowing conditions. Together they create a home for young refugee Lamas, which Akong manages for three years until Freda arranges for him to travel to Britain along with his friend Trungpa Rinpoche.
In 1967 they co-found Samye Ling, in Scotland, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West.
In 1992 he is chosen as a member of the search party seeking the rebirth of the His Holiness, the Gyalwang Karmapa, the Tibetan Buddhist leader second in importance only to the Dalai Lama.
Akong increasingly turns his mind to the suffering and hunger of people and embarks on numerous projects to help. Most notably he co-founds an international humanitarian charitable organisation called “ROKPA”, the Tibetan word for help. He works incessantly founding schools and orphanages, providing home and education for former street children, as well as providing food, shelter and essential medical supplies in countries such as Tibet and Nepal and in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Akong’s fundamental message of compassion-in-action shines through and his example inspires thousands of people to work to make the world a better place. A number of those he inspired recount his story in the film.
Akong Rinpoche was in Chengdu, China in October 2013, about to embark on the latest of many humanitarian missions to Tibet, where he was murdered, senselessly, along with an attendant and his nephew. Despite this sad and shocking end to a remarkable life, the film ends on a message of hope.
An event that explores the arrival of Buddhism in the West, and its impact in modern society.
There is also the opportunity to go and see the film “Akong-a Remarkable Life” at the SOAS University in Russell Square London. Where the directors and invited speakers including Vin Harris, will be attending to participate in a round-table discussion.
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. (http://www.akong-remarkablelife.com/)
Film Length: 96 minutes
Director: Chico Dall’lnha
Executive Producer: Vin Harris
Cast: 7th Gyalwang Karmapa, 12th Tai Situ, 4th Jamgon Kongtrul, Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, Lord Steele, Kabir Bedi. Vin Harris
To book tickets: Rio Cinema – Akong – A Remarkable Life
Proceeds go to Akong Memorial Foundation
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