Lord Avebury, RIP

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Lord Avebury, RIP

Post by Dhammanando » Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:26 pm

The 4th Baron Avebury, patron of the Angulimala Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy and lone Buddhist peer in the House of Lords, passed away yesterday.
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Avebury quietly converted to Theravada Buddhism in the 1970s. He showed his first public sign of self-denial in 1981 when, now a teetotaller, he delivered an attack on drinking by politicians which prompted anger in the Commons, particularly over a claim that Churchill was “paralytically drunk” for much of the war.

Then, in 1987, he delighted the tabloids by announcing he would leave his body to the Battersea Dogs Home in protest at the cost and environmental impact of cremation.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituar ... tuary.html
Wikipedia entry:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Lubb ... on_Avebury

Last blog entry, 11 February, relating his meeting with Ajahn Khemadhammo:
At home with family

I met with Bhante from Forest Hermitage on Sunday after his visit with Lyulph and Sue to the graveyard near Orpington. Bhante told me when he arrived at Flodden Road that he considered the graveyard suitable and we agreed that a small family interment ceremony would be held there as soon after my death as convenient. The family thought a memorial event would be nice at a later date.

Two visits to King's this week (Monday and Tuesday) to have a unit of blood each time and on Tuesday, a unit of magnesium. It was exhausting.

Kina came to see me yesterday and she has kindly agreed to source some acrylic paints for little Kohee who gave me her wonderful painting of the stone circle at Avebury. I also saw Emilda from St Christopher's and our GP, Dr Davies.
Lyulph and Sue are coming this afternoon and Victoria has been staying here since Monday.

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Re: Lord Avebury, RIP

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Post by tiltbillings » Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:54 pm

Dhammanando wrote:The 4th Baron Avebury, patron of the Angulimala Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy and lone Buddhist peer in the House of Lords, passed away yesterday.
Thank you for this. I had heard of this gentleman. It is good to know there are good people out there.
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Post by ryanM » Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:59 pm

From an interview I was just able to watch, he seems like he was a very kind person.

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Re: Lord Avebury, RIP

Post by Pumo » Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:09 am

It seems he was a nice and good person, I hope he to have a fortunate rebirth.
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Re: Lord Avebury, RIP

Post by Anagarika » Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:04 am

What an interesting and admirable life he lived. Yes, may his rebirth earned be a fortunate one. Too few people like him on this planet.

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