Karel Werner 1925-2019

Karel Werner, the founder of the Spalding Symposium, passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on Tuesday last week (26th November). His funeral service, for those who wish to attend, will be held, according to Buddhist rites, on Monday December 9th at 2 p.m. at the New Southgate Crematorium, Brunswick Park Road, London N11 1JJ.

Karel Werner founded this symposium in 1975, and convened it for many years before passing it into the hands of others; he returned for a special symposium in 2010 in honour of his 85th birthday. Many will remember his scholarship and collegiality, and we are all grateful that he made the effort to set up an event that remains a valued place for scholars to gather and share their work.

One comment on “Karel Werner 1925-2019

  1. Sarah and Charles Shaw says:

    A man of great generosity and kindness. He used to travel to speak to the Manchester University Buddhist Society every year, and sometimes stayed with us. His talks were always learned and asked interesting questions rather than being in a rush to answer them.

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