Akong Rinpoche went to Shechen Monastery where he met Chogyam Trungpa and many other high Lamas. There he received the transmission of the Rinchen Terdzo and Damngak Dzo from the great Shechen Kongtrul along with many other high Rinpoches from both the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions.
Akong Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa and many others escaped to India. Soon after they arrived, Akong Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa made a connection with Freda Bedi (who later became Sister Palmo) in Baxa. While working for the State Bank of India in Delhi she began teaching them English, and within a year they had decided to create a Young Lamas Home School to give Tulkus from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism a complete education, thereby enabling them to help many beings in the future.
After a few years he and Chogyam Trungpa were able to get a visa and scholarship to come and study English in Oxford in the UK. Trungpa Rinpoche was quicker at learning languages, and because the previous Akong and the previous Trungpa had been student and Lama, Akong Rinpoche chose to work to support them both. Starting out as an orderly in the Radcliffe Infirmary, Rinpoche was recognised by the hospital authorities as having exceptional skills and qualities, and was therefore promoted to working in the operating theatre.
While Trungpa and Akong were in Oxford they found that many people were interested in the Dharma, so they began looking for a Centre. In 1967 they found Johnstone House in a remote area of South-West Scotland and there established Kagyu Samye Ling.