| Born in 1939, near Riwoche in Kham, Eastern Tibet, he was discovered
at a very young age by the search party seeking the reincarnation
the previous (1st) Akong, Abbot of Dolma Lhakang monastery near
Chakdado, in the Chamdo area of Kham. The search party was following
precise instructions given by HH the 16th Gyalwa
Karmapa, Supreme Head of the Kamtsang tradition.
Around the age of four, the child was taken to Dolma Lhakang to receive the spiritual and
formal education necessary for him to be able resume his work as Abbot later on.
Dolma Lhakang was a monastery with some 100 monks and many associated small retreats and
nunneries. Besides his religious studies, the young Akong also trained in traditional Tibetan
As a teenager, he travelled from community to community, performing
religious ceremonies and treating the sick. He then went to the
great monastic university of Secchen, where he received transmission
of the quintessential mahamudra Kagyu
Buddhist lineage from Secchen Kongtrul Rinpoche. His spiritual training
as a holder of the Kagyu lineage was further completed under the
guidance of HH the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa , who
also certified him as a teacher of Tibetan medicine. Rinpoche
also holds many lineages of the Nyingmapa tradition.
Throughout this period he was treated with much reverence and respect.
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