BGKT 1991-2011 News

Updated 23rd September 2012

2011

November 2011

NIF National Interfaith Week in Kendal 2011

SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum and KEG Kendal Ecumenical Group celebrated NIF with three events in Kendal. BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) helped organize these events and participated in them.

The Mayor of Kendal Councillor Jonathan Brook invited SLIF and KEG for a Mayor’s Parlour in Kendal Town Hall celebration on Saturday 26th November. This included readings and prayers from the faiths represented in Kendal and local faith organisations, including BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada). A booklet of the readings was prepared by SLIF.

Sufi Nuh Nazir led an evening event including a Zikr on Saturday 19th November, the eve of National Interfaith Week, at Fellside Centre.

On Sunday 20th November Interfaith Sunday was celebrated at Kendal Unitarian Chapel. An Interfaith Service led by Rev Celia Cartwright, included readings and prayers from and representatives of local faith communities and faith organizations including BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada). This was followed by a shared vegetarian lunch and a creative meditation.

October 2011

Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes attended the Apple Day organized by the Quaker Tapestry at the Friends Meeting House Kendal on 22nd October 2011.

The Kendal Branch of the Embroiderer’s Guild brought “The Worlds Longest Embroidery”. She sewed a gold coloured Buddhist Dhammacakka Wheel on this embroidery. This wheel with eight spokes (which represent the eightfold path) is often used as a symbol of Buddhism. In Theravada Buddhism the first discourse of the Buddha is the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion.

For more information about the Quaker Tapestry see
www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk

October 2011

Upasika Sumana’s ashes were scattered in the river at Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Buddhist Centre in Scotland, by her family and friends. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili/Jacquetta chanted relevant Pali chants and Suttas (discourses).

September 2011

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (born in Sri Lanka) head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) at Kendal Fire Station community room over the weekend of 24th and 25th September 2011. As far as we are aware this the first retreat led by a Buddhist Monk to take place in a Fire Station in the UK. Fire Officer Graham asked Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes from BGKT to represent minority faiths at the Kendal Neighbourhood Forum meeting at Kendal Town Hall on 26th September 2007 where the Community Room was announced.

Venerable Piyatissa presented Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili with a Bodhicari sash which is the same as the sashes worn by Bodhicaris in the USA. She took the Bodhicari Precepts with Venerable Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru Aggamaha Pandita DLitt DLitt (1896-1998)as Preceptor, in 1994 at the London Buddhist Vihara. (As far as we know she is the first person to take the Bodhicari Precepts outsied the USA.) As far as we are aware this is the first time such a presentation has taken place outside the USA. Jacquetta’s elderly Father worked for the London Fire Brigade and is delighted that this took place in a Fire Station.

September 2011

Visit of Iain Stewart, Church of Scotland Interfaith Development Worker, to the South Lakeland District Interfaith Forum

On 13th September, Iain Stewart, the Church of Scotland’s Interfaith Development Worker met with the South Lakeland Interfaith Forum (SLIF) chairman, Revd Tim Baynes and other Committee members, including Revd John Hetherington (SLIF Secretary). SLIF has been active now for over 3 years and seeks to bring together people of different faiths for joint discussions, to share insights and build understanding. Revd John Hetherington and Jacquetta Gomes of SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum co-ordinated the day.

After staying overnight with Upasaka Sumedha, leader of the Kendal Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada), Iain’s day began with a meeting at Kendal Police Station with Chief Superintendant, Paul Kennedy and the Fire and Rescue Service Locality Manager Kendal. The agenda covered the role of SLIF, as part of a discussion on the “Community Cohesion” agenda.

Iain next viewed the Quaker Tapestry at the invitation of Bridget Guest, Tapestry Director, with John Hetherington and Jacquetta Gomes of BGKT and SLIF. He then met with Kendal’s Mayor – Councillor Jonathan Brook – at Manna House, where Iain and SLIFCommittee members had lunch and toured the rapidly developing community project to support homeless people.

Rev Celia Cartwright the Unitarian Minister showed him the Unitarian Chapel and the Chapel’s Multifaith Memorial Garden and Spirit of Life Mural.

In the afternoon, an informal drop in session took place at the Kendal Fellside Centre. Norman Burnell, the Chair of KEG Kendal Ecumenical Group, also attended. Iain gave a clear presentation on his role for the Church of Scotland and the many interfaith initiatives in Scotland, which was followed by questions, prior to Iain’s return north to Glasgow.

(The Church of Scotland Spiritual Discipline Programme includes articles submitted by Iain after his visit to Kendal, on Celebration by BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) UK and Fasting by Triratna Buddhist Order, Manchester UK, and a video clip on fasting by Venerable K Sri Rewatha Thero (Scottish Buddhist Vihara), UK.)
On the web search under Church of Scotland Spiritual Discipline
www.churchofscotland.org.uk/

July 2011

Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday

Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday led by The Worshipful the Town Mayor Councillor Jonathan Brook on Sunday 5th July 2011, included an invitation from the Mayor to SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum and all faith groups in Kendal.

John Gerrard (Upasaka Sumedha) represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) represented KWMMG Kendal Womens Multifaith Meditation Group. They walked in the Civic Procession from the Town Hall to The Parish Church of the Holy Trinity for the Civic Service. Refreshments were served in the Mayors Parlour in Kendal Town Hall afterwards.

Rev John Hetherington (URC Minister) the secretary of SLIF represented SLIF.

June 2011
BGKT held its first monthly Buddhist meeting at Kendal Fire Station Community Room on 30th June.

May 2011
BBC Radio Cumbria interviewed Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) about Wesak on Wesak day 17th May.

April 2011

Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) were honoured to be visited by the Thai Buddhist Monk Luang Poh Sudhiro on 22nd March. He led meditation, gave talks about Buddhist teachings and led discussion. He hopes to visit Kendal again.

Luang Poh Sudhiro
At the Civara Dana ceremony of Sammapatipadarama Monastery on 21st November 2010, a member of the Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand bestowed the title of Phrakhruvinayadhara on Abbot Luang Poh Sudhiro. The title is in recognition of one who upholds the vinaya (monastic rules) in an exemplary fashion. This title emanates from the King of Thailand. There are only 10 holders in the whole Sangha. Consequently it is extremely prestigious. it is in recognition of Luang Poh Sudhiro’s outstanding work for the Dhamma Buddhist Teachings.

2011
January 2011

Google Books Partner Programme has included 3 versions of Introducing Buddhism Introducing Buddhism by Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru Aggamaha (1896-1998) and Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) on their website. These are available to read and for free download as a pdf.

Users can find Google Books at
http://books.google.com

For 2007 Corporate Body edition with Appendix:
Search for Introducing Buddhism Jacquetta Gomes Corporate Body
For 2004 Kendal edition:
Search for Introducing Buddhism Jacquetta Gomes Buddhist Group Kendal

Links to Introducing Buddhism on Google Books Partner Programme:

2004 Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) edition with Appendix

http://books.google.com/books?printsec=frontcover&id=17XhmhXH9ssC#v=onepage&q&f=false

1993 Buddhist Society London edition

http://books.google.com/books?printsec=frontcover&id=FDTs04dcqZYC#v=onepage&q&f=false

2007 Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation Taiwan edition (with Appendix Requirements and Ceremonies for The Five Precepts (Panca Sila), The Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth (Ajivatthamaka Sila), Dhamma Teachers Certificate, issued by the Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Ketumati Buddhist Vihara at Wesak 2006)

http://books.google.com/books?printsec=frontcover&id=JC01AAKbtHYC#v=onepage&q&f=false

2010

November 2010
BGKT visited Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham to meet Venerable Siyabalapitiye Buddharakkhita from Sri Buddharakkhita Bhikkhu Puhunu Dharmayathanaya in Anuradhapura Sri Lanka, on 23rd November.

November 2010
Cumbria Interfaith Forum presented an excellent Indonesian evening at Carlisle Cathedral on Saturday 20th November to mark the start of the National Interfaith Week.

Representatives of the Indonesian Embassy attended. There were performances of Indonesian gamelon music and Indonesian dancing.

SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum and KEG Kendal Ecumenical Group were represented by Rev John Hetherington and Norman Burnell.

Carlisle Theravada Buddhist Group attended. Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) was represented by Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili.

Readings from 7 faiths were made by local faith representatives and Carlo Schroder the NW Forum of Faiths Development Officer.

Jean who founded Carlisle Theravada Buddhist Group read from the Dhammapada:

We live happily indeed,
not hating those who hate us!
Among men who hate us
we dwell free from hatred!

hatred is never appeased
by hatred in this world:
it is appeased by love alone.
This is an eternal law.

November 2010
Upasaka Dhammika chanted the Mangala Sutta (The Discourse on Blessings) at the Ketumati Buddhist Vihara’s Katina celebrations in Oldham on 7th November.

November 2010
Upasika Sumana was presented with a Certificate for Observing the Panca Sila (Five Precepts) at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara’s Katina celebrations in Oldham on 7th November. The presentation was made by Venerable Siyabalapitiye Buddharakkhita Thero from Sri Buddharakkhita Bhikkhu Puhunu Dharmayathanaya in Anuradhapura Sri Lanka.

November 2010
Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Jacquetta Gomes) and Upasaka Dhammika visited Ajahn Sucitto Abbot of Chithurst Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery and Ajahn Amaro Abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery at Harnham Ratanagiri Monastery in Northumberland, on 3rd November.

September 2010
Upasaka Jotima who founded Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) was presented with a Certificate for Observing the Panca Sila (Five Precepts) at BGKT on 26th September. The presentation was made by Venerable Siyabalapitiye Buddharakkhita Thero from Sri Buddharakkhita Bhikkhu Puhunu Dharmayathanaya in Anuradhapura Sri Lanka.

September 2010
BGKT visited Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham to meet Venerable Siyabalapitiye Buddharakkhita from Sri Buddharakkhita Bhikkhu Puhunu Dharmayathanaya in Anuradhapura Sri Lanka, on 6th September.

July 2010
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera was the Preceptor when Upasika Sumana took the took Refuge in the Triple Gem, observed the Panca Sila (Five Precepts) and received the Buddhist name Upasika Sumana on 31st July. This took place at the BGKT retreat at Fellside Centre Kendal.

Upasaka Julian who founded Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) received the Buddhist name Upasaka Jotima from Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa on 31st July. This took place at the BGKT retreat at Fellside Centre Kendal. Julian became an Upasaka, took Refuge in the Triple Gem and undertook to observe Panca Sila (The Five Precepts), at Harnham Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery, Northumberland, on Asalha (Esala) Puja Full Moon Day 22nd July 1994.

July 2010

Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday

Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday led by The Worshipful the Town Mayor Councillor John Veevers on Sunday 4th July 2010, included an invitation from the Mayor to SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum and all the minority faith groups in Kendal, for the first time.

John Gerrard (Upasaka Sumedha) and Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) walked in the Civic Procession from the Town Hall to The Parish Church of the Holy Trinity for the Civic Service. Refreshments were served in the Mayors Parlour in Kendal Town Hall afterwards.

Rev John Hetherington (URC Minister) the secretary of SLIF represented SLIF.
Rev Celia Cartwright (Kendal Unitarian Minister) gave the only Reading.

July 2010
BGKT visited Luang Poh Sudhiro a Bhikkhu from the Thai Forest Tradition in NE Thailand in Manchester, on 1st July.

June 2010

The Kendal Town Council Annual General Meeting and Mayor Making Ceremony for Mayor Councillor John Veevers was held in Kendal Town Hall on 9th May 2010.

Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Jacquetta Gomes) and Upasaka Sumedha (John Gerrard) represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada).

May 2010
The Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) presented the Mayor of Kendal Councillor John Anthony Bateson with a copper Buddha Rupa (statue) in the Mayor’s Parlour Kendal Town Hall on 28th May 2010.

May 2010
Upasaka Dhammika (Duncan Fisher) of the BGKT presented a traditional decorated lantern to the group at their recent Vesak celebration held on the 27th May 2010 at the United Reformed Church in Kendal. “Vesak lanterns are very popular in Buddhist countries such as Sri Lanka and Thailand – so I thought it would be nice to try making one” said Duncan, “however, I didn’t realise how much work it would require – in fact it has taken 10 months to complete!”

The festival of Vesak commemorates the Birth, Enlightenment and Passing Away of the Buddha and so Duncan’s lamp features illustrated scenes from the life of the Buddha. “After much hard work I am pleased with the final result – I hope it serves the group at Vesak for many years to come” added Duncan.

For a photo of the lantern see
The NBO Network of Buddhist Organisations UK Archive section

www.nbo.org.uk/News/news.htm/
Alternatively www.nbo.org.uk
Click on Archives June 2010

April 2010
Upasaka Sumedha, (John Gerrard) Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Jacquetta Gomes) and Upasaka Dhammika (Duncan Fisher) from BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) led the Prayers before the Kendal Town Council Meeting chaired by the Mayor of Kendal, Councillor John Anthony Bateson, on Monday 12th April 2010.

Upasaka Sumedha has taken the Ajivatthamaka Sila (Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth) for Life, Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili has taken the Bodhicari Precepts and Upasaka Dhammika has taken the Panca Sila (Five Precepts).

They chanted the Metta Sutta in Pali and Upasaka Sumedha read it in English.

They also presented a wooden Buddha Rupa (statue) to the Mayor, for the Mayor’s Parlour in Kendal Town Hall.

As far as BGKT is aware this is the first time a Buddhist Group has done this in the UK. If anyone knows of any other group who has done this please let BGKT know.

For a photo of the event see
The NBO Network of Buddhist Organisations UK News section
http://nbo.org.uk/nboweb1/home.htm

2009

December 2009
BGKT and Carlisle Buddhist Group (Theravada) helped celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) on 4th December 1989. The Keswick Reminder newspaper of 11th December 2009 covered the anniversary.

November 2009

BGKT and Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) attended Professor Peter Harvey’s Sutta Study Day at Harnham Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery in Northumberland, on November 8th.

October 2009
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî attended the enthronement of Rt Rev James Newcombe as the Bishop of Carlisle, at Carlisle Cathedral on 10th October.

October 2009
BGKT celebrated the 10th anniversary of the first visit of Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham) to BGKT on 9th October 1999. Venerable Piyatissa is the Preceptor of some attendees of BGKT.

September 2009
A meeting (Chaired by the Mayor of Kendal Councillor John Bateson) was held on 15th September 2009 at Kendal Fire Station for religious representatives and local agencies. Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî and Duncan Fisher Upasaka Dhammika from BGKT helped. Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham) participated.

Venerable Piyatissa Maha Thera, Sufi Nuh Nazir and BGKT visited the Mayor’s Parlour Kendal Town Hall at the invitation of the Mayor of Kendal Councillor John Bateson.

The organizers are trying to make contact with representatives from other faiths and schools of Buddhism. Please contact Rev Jayne Tyrer, the Chaplain at the Westmorland General Hospital on 01539 795419 or email jayne.tyrer@mbht.nhs.uk or you can contact the South Lakeland Interfaith Forum at slinterfaithforum@btinternet.com

Sacred texts and religious books were donated to Mayor Bateson for use by the citizens of Kendal and for use in the Kendal and Barrow Hospital Chaplaincies. The Mayor and Hospital Chaplain would be grateful for further donations of appropriate literature.

This event was covered by Cumbria’s Green Handbook (Winter 2009), The Lakeland Echo (6th October 2009), Local Choice Magazine: Lakes Edition (November, 2009), The Westmorland Gazette (1st October 2009).

Cumbria’s Green Handbook has further information
www.greenhandbook.co.uk
Click on Directory
Look in section Action for Interfaith Communication

The NBO Network of Buddhist Organisations UK News section contains further information.
http://nbo.org.uk/nboweb1/home.htm

July 2009
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî led a meditation and gave a talk at the Sakyadhita UK (International Association of Buddhist Women) meeting at Fellside Centre Kendal, on July 18th.

July 2009
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî walked in the Civic Procession for Mayor’s Sunday in Kendal, and attended the Parish Church Service and the celebrations in the Mayor’s Parlour in Kendal Town Hall, on July 5th.

May 2009
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî and Upasaka Dhammika Duncan Fisher led the Wesak celebrations at Carlisle Buddhist Group (Theravada) for the first time, on 5th May.

March 2009
Upasaka Dhammika Duncan Fisher taught Carlisle Buddhist Group (Theravada) for the first time, on 24th March.

2008

October 2008
The World Congress of Faiths Common Ground Interreligious Engagement Project published “Reflections on Meditation: Buddhist Meditation”, The Buddhist Group of Kendal, Interreligious Insight: A Journal of Dialogue and Engagement, 6 (4) (October, 2008) 56-59.
(Available online at www.interreligiousinsight.org/October2008/October08Reflections.pdf)

October 2008
The Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation in Taiwan,reprintedIntroducing Buddhism (by Venerable Balangoda Ananda Maitreya and Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî) with Requirements and Ceremonies for The Five Precepts (Panca Sila), The Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth (Ajivatthamaka Sila), Dhamma Teachers Certificate, (by BGKT and Ketumati Buddhist Vihara) as an appendix. This was distributed internationally. (The book’s code is EN074.) The book is free. (www.budaedu.org)

October 2008
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî was the subject of an article “Buddhist Precepts and Lay Dhamma Teaching in the West)”, in Yasodhara Newsletter on International Buddhist Women’s Activities, (October-December, 2008), 25(1) No 97, 15-17. (ISSN 0875-1996)

July 2008
Introducing Buddhism (by Venerable Balangoda Ananda Maitreya and Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî) was published in Sri Lanka by the BCC Buddhist Cultural Centre in 1997. On 20th December 1997 Introducing Buddhism was launched with 24 other books under the patronage of Venerable Dr K. Sri Dhammananda Chief Sangha Nayaka of Malaysia and Singapore. The BCC reprinted Introducing Buddhism in July 2008. (The book’s code is B548.) (ISBN 955-9219-
90-1) (www.buddhistcc.com)

June 2008
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî walked in the Civic Procession for Mayors Sunday in Kendal, and attended the Service and the celebrations in the Mayor’s Parlour in Kendal Town Hall, on June 15th.

June 2008
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî taught Carlisle Buddhist Group (Theravada) for the first time, on 10th June.

June 2008
BGKT recited The Mittanisansa Sutta (Discourse on the Advantages of True Friendship), at The Manchester Buddhist Conference on 7th June in Oldham.

June 2008
CMDM Cumbria Moon Day Meditation started. The three Theravada Buddhist Groups in Cumbria (Carlisle, Kendal and Keswick) have started meditating at the same time 7-9 pm on the four moon days (Full, New and Half moon according to the Forest Sangha calendar). We all meditate at home, knowing that the other meditators in Cumbria are doing the same. Any Theravada Buddhists resident in Cumbria who are not involved with the three groups are welcome to join us. (For further information see the CMDM Cumbria Moon Day Meditation page on this website.)

May 2008
The Kendal Town Council Annual General Meeting and Mayor Making Ceremony for Mayor Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson was held in Kendal Town Hall on 15th May 2008. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Jacquetta Gomes) and Titus Gomes represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)

May 2008
Ajahn Amaro Abbot of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery (California) and plant ecologist Nick Scott celebrated the 25th anniversary of their 1983 walk between Chithurst Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery in West Sussex and Harnham Ratanagiri Monastery in Northumberland. They retraced their steps and met people they had met in 1983 including Jacquetta Gomes, whom they met in Manchester. They visited BGKT on 12th May.

The original walk was described in the Book Tudong: the long Road North by Ajahn Amaro published in 1984.

For photos of the visit see
The NBO Network of Buddhist Organisations UK News section
http://nbo.org.uk/nboweb1/home.htm

Details of the visit are in the Westmorland Gazette archives
www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/archive
Search for Buddhist Group of Kendal

Ajahn Amaro and Nick Scott’s The Tudong photo album is available at
http://picasaweb.google.com/abhayagiri.photos

March 2008
Councillor Gwen Murfin, Mayor of Kendal (2007-2008), invited Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham) to lead a celebration and Pali language Blessing Ceremony in the Mayor’s Parlour in Kendal Town Hall on 30th March, to celebrate Upasaka Sumedha’s 50th and Alison’s 70th birthday.
This event was covered by Local Choice Magazine: Lakes Edition (August, 2008).

For a photo of the celebration see
The NBO Network of Buddhist Organisations UK News section
http://nbo.org.uk/nboweb1/home.htm


2007

October 2007
Upasaka Dhammika Duncan Fisher read the Maha Saropama Sutta (The Greater Discourse on the Simile of the Heartwood) at the Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Katina celebrations in Oldham on 28th October.

October 2007
Councillor Gwen Murfin, Mayor of Kendal (2007-2008), requested that a celebration Pali Blessing Ceremony be conducted in the Mayor’s Parlour inKendal Town Hall on 11th October 2007, to celebrate Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî inclusion in Burkes Landed Gentry Volume III, England’s North West including Contemporary People of Distinction, as a Contemporary Person of Distinction. An Osmanthus Burkwoodii bush was planted in Kendal Unitarian Chapel’s Multifaith Memorial Garden to commemorate this event.

Details of the celebrations in the Mayor’s Parlour are in the Westmorland Gazette archives
www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/archive
Search for Buddhist Group of Kendal

For a photo of the celebration see

http://nbo.org.uk/nboweb1/home.htm

September 2007

Fire Officer Graham asked Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes from BGKT to represent minority faiths at the Kendal Neighbourhood Forum meeting at Kendal Town Hall on 26th September 2007 where the Kendal Fire Station Community Room was announced.

July 2007
BGKT attended a day retreat organized by Ketumati Buddhist Vihara in Oldham, and led by Buddhist Nun Bhikkhuni Kusama from Sri Lanka.

June 2007
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera and Venerable Professor Dhammavihari visited BGKT, on June 24th.

June 2007
Ketumati Buddhist Vihara and BGKT jointly wrote The booklet, Requirements and Ceremonies for The Five Precepts (Panca Sila), The Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth (Ajivatthamaka Sila), Dhamma Teachers Certificate, (by BGKT and Ketumati Buddhist Vihara) was published for international distribution as an appendix to Introducing Buddhism (by Venerable Balangoda Ananda Maitreya and Jacquetta Gomes) by The Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation in Taiwan, in June 2007. (The book’s code is EN074.) The book is free. (www.budaedu.org)

June 2007
Upasika Panna received the Eight Lifetime Precepts (an expansion of the Ajivatthamaka Sila) from Venerable Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera, at a retreat at Gaia House (Devon) in June 2007. Venerable Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera presented Upasika Panna with a certificate of having taken The Eight Lifetime Precepts. Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa presented Upasika Panna with a sash at the BGKT meeting on 24th June 2007. (See May 2006 for an explanation of the sash.)

2006

November 2006
Chris Ward (The NBO Development Worker) visited the Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) on 31st October and 1st November 2006. His account of the visit was posted on 23rd November 2006 and is also available at
www.devworkernbo.typepad.com/nbo_development/theravada/
Alternatively http://nbo.org.uk/nboweb1/home.htm

Go to Development Officer’s Weblog at bottom of the page
Click on Weblog at bottom of the page

October 2006
Upasaka Dhammika read the Vitakka Santhana Sutta (MN 20) (The Removal of Distracting Thoughts) at the Ketumati Buddhist Vihara’s Katina celebrations in Oldham on 29th October.

September 2006
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera and Venerable Rathana Jothi visited BGKT, on September 24th and chanted for Upasaka Julian’s 60th and Upasika Panna’s 70th birthdays.

August 2006
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera and Venerable Udagama Jinalankara visited BGKT, on August 27th.

2006 July
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili was included in Burkes Landed Gentry Volume III, England’s North West including Contemporary People of Distinction, as a Contemporary Person of Distinction. Burke’s Peerage and Gentry had sent her a letter which stated that “…this book focuses primarily on successful Northwest people…to truly represent the Northwest today…in recognition of your place in Northwest life you have been chosen as one of over 3000 Northwest entrants whose names will appear alphabetically in the new reference work”. (www.burkes-peerage.net)

The NBO Network of Buddhist Organisations UK News section contains further information.
http://nbo.org.uk/nboweb1/home.htm

Details are in the Westmorland Gazette archives
www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/archive
Search for Buddhist Group of Kendal

May 2006
Wesak celebrations were held at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham on 14th May 2006. Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera made presentations to senior members of BGKT. Cream sashes were presented in order of seniority to those who have taken Ajivatthamaka Sila (Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth) for life: Upasakas Sumedha, Mahinda and Punna (with Venerable Piyatissa as Preceptor) and Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî(who took the Bodhicari Precepts with Venerable Balangoda Ananda Maitreya as Preceptor). These sashes must be worn when they administer the Panca Sila (Five Precepts) in a meeting, in the absence of a Bhikkhu (Monk) or Ayya (Nun). Sangha authorised Dhamma Teacher badges were presented in order of seniority to Titus Gomes (authorised at the London Buddhist Vihara in 1980), Upasika Jayasili, Upasaka Sumedha and Upasaka Mahinda. (As far as we are aware this is the first time such presentations have been made in the UK.)
BGKT presented a tapestry of the Buddha designed and sewn by Fiona to Venerable Piyatissa to hang in the main hall of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara.

May 2006
Ketumati Buddhist Vihara and BGKT jointly wrote a booklet, Requirements and Ceremonies for The Five Precepts (Panca Sila), The Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth (Ajivatthamaka Sila), Dhamma Teachers Certificate. This booklet was issued as part of the Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Wesak Celebrations in May 2006.

2005

October 2005
Upasaka Sumedha gave a talk on My Experience as a Buddhist, and BGKT recited The Mittanisansa Sutta (Discourse on the Advantages of True Friendship), at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara’s Katina celebrations in Oldham on 30th October.

June 2005
The respected Indian publishers, Motilal Banarsidass, in their MLBD Newsletter: A Monthly Indological Bibliography, XXVII (6) (June, 2005)14, mentioned Jacquetta Gomes’s (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî) article “The Development and Use of the Eight Precepts for lay practitioners, Upasakas and Upasikas in Theravada Buddhism in the West”.

April 2005

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera and Venerable Kovida visited BGKT, on April 24th. Venerable Kovida led a one day retreat at Fellside Centre.

2004

December 2004
BGKT helped celebrate the 15th anniversary of the founding of Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) on 4th December 1989. The Lakeland Echo newspaper and Cumbria’s Green Handbook covered the anniversary.

August 2004
Ajahn Pannyavaddho Thera 1925 – 2004 died in Thailand on 18th August. He was the most senior western monk in Thailand. An obituary by Than Ajahn Maha Boowa appeared in The Middle Way: Journal of the Buddhist Society 79 (4) (February, 2005) 219-226.

Mrs Jane Browne kindly donated several books from his library to BGKT’s library. Ajahn Pannyavaddho was very important in the history of Buddhism in Britain, and we are honoured to have his books in our library. Mrs Browne also sent a CD of his talks and one of his funeral. We are very grateful to her.

For more information about Ajahn Pannyavaddho Thera see
thaiforesttradition.blogspot.com
thaiforesttradition.blogspot.com/2008_11_01_archive.html

May 2004
The Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) (BGKT) and Ketumati Buddhist Vihara have been jointly involved in the development of the Eight Precepts and lay Buddhist Dhamma and meditation teaching in the West. Details are given in Jacquetta Gomes’s (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) article “The Development and Use of the Eight Precepts for lay practitioners, Upasakas and Upasikas in Theravada Buddhism in the West”, Contemporary Buddhism Volume 5(1) (May, 2004) 47-63 (ISSN 1463-9947) (available on-line at www.journalsonlinetandf.co.uk)
(Available online at www.wlu.ca/documents/6478/The_development.pdf)

2004
Introducing Buddhism, by Venerable Balangoda Ananda Maitreya and Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî, was published for free distribution worldwide, by Inward Path Publishers in Penang, Malaysia as Buddhism: A Quick Introduction. (An Inward Journey Book IJ084/04) (ISBN 983-9439-77-4) (www.buddhanet.net and www.inwardpath.org)

2003

August 2003
The 3rd edition of Introducing Buddhism by Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru Aggamaha Pandita and Jacquetta Gomes (Jayasili) was published with 4 different covers by BGKT, The Buddhist Society London, The Buddhist Society of Manchester, and Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham. (This booklet was originally published by The Buddhist Society London in 1988, to accompany the Buddhist Society’s Introducing Buddhism Course, on which Jacquetta Gomes was one of the teachers. A second edition was published in 1993.)

The 1993 edition of Introducing Buddhism is available online at
www.engaged-zen.org/articles/
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2002

October 2002
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili organized a day for Rt Rev Patrick O’Donoghue Roman Catholic Bishop of Lancaster to meet representatives from different faiths in Kendal, on 8th October. He visited The Quaker Tapestry, the Tapestry Tearooms and the Unitarian Chapel The visit was covered by the Westmorland Gazette newspaper.

October 2002
Upasaka Mahinda was presented with a Dhamma Teachers certificate and Upasaka Punna was presented with a Certificate for Observing the Ajivatthamaka Sila (Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth) for Life, at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara’s Katina celebrations in Oldham on 27th October. The presentation was made by Venerable Kirindigalle Dhammaratana Maha Thera Chief Sangha Nayaka of Scandinavia and Head of the Stockholm Buddhist Vihara.

September 2002
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera was the Preceptor when Upasaka Punna took the the Ajivatthamaka Sila (Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth) for Life on 29th September.

June 2002

BGKT sponsored a seat in the Quaker Tapestry Tearooms at the Quaker Friends Meeting House, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BGKT. The plaque on the chair reads Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) held its first meeting at Kendal Friends Meeting House 10th January 1992.

2001

November 2001
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili talked to the Cumbria Sea of Faith (SoF) Group about Buddhism, on 13th November.

November 2001
Upasaka Sumedha was presented with a Dhamma Teachers Certificate and Upasaka Dhammika was presented with a Certificate for Observing the Panca Sila (Five Precepts), at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara’s Katina celebrations in Oldham on 4th November. The presentation was made by Venerable Botale Ganissara Thera of Sri Ketharama, Sri Lanka.

October 2001
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera was the Preceptor when Upasaka Dhammika took the Panca Sila (Five Precepts) on 14th October.

October 2001
Journeys of Faith Day for Baha’i Group, Iona Group and BGKT at Kendal United Reformed Church on 13th October.

June and July 2001
Venerable Nagama Hemaloka led a two day retreat for BGKT at Fellside Centre Kendal, on 30th June and 1st July.

March 2001

Upasaka Nick Carroll founder of ALBA Amaravati Lay Buddhist association talked to BGKT and Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) at Fellside Centre on 18th March.

2000

November 2000
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa and Venerable Athurupana Vachissara visited BGKT, on November 19th.

October 2000
Upasaka Sumedha and Upasaka Mahinda were presented with Certificates for Observing the Ajivatthamaka Sila (Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth) for Life, at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara’s Katina celebrations in Oldham on 22nd October. The presentation was made by Venerable Medagama Vajiragnana Mahanayaka Thera, Aggamaha Saddhammajothika Dhaja, Vishvakeerthi Sri Sasana Sobhana Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain and Head of the London Buddhist Vihara (1928-2006). This event and photographs of the ceremony were reported in the Sri Lankan press. Upasaka Mahinda spent a holiday in Sri Lanka and was recognised in Peradeniya Gardens, Kandy by a girl who had seen his photograph in the Sri Lankan press.

October 2000
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa was the Preceptor when Upasaka Sumedha and Upasaka Mahinda took the the Ajivatthamaka Sila (Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth) for Life on 1st October. (As far as we are aware this is the first time these Precepts have been taken for Life in the UK.)

July 2000
25th anniversary of Jacquetta Gomes becoming Upasika Jayasili, with Venerable Narada Maha Thera as the Preceptor in Sri Lanka, on 30th July 1975. This was celebrated at BGKT by Venerable Medagama Vajiragnana Mahanayaka Thera, Aggamaha Saddhammajothika Dhaja, Vishvakeerthi Sri Sasana Sobhana Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain and Head of the London Buddhist Vihara (1928-2006), and Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera, on 30th July 2000.

July 2000
Venerable Nagama Hemaloka led a one day retreat for BGKT on 23rd July.

May 2000
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera and Venerable Sumana visited BGKT, on May 28th.

May 2000
Venerable Witharandeniye Kassapa Maha Thera (Head of MIBAUK The Midlands International Buddhist Association in the UK in Birmingham), Venerable Phramaha Laow visited BGKT, on May 26th.

May 2000
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasîlî was one of people who lit the traditional lamp at the Wesak celebrations at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara on 21st May.

March 2000
Venerable Witharandeniye Kassapa Maha Thera (Head of MIBAUK The Midlands International Buddhist Association in the UK in Birmingham), Venerable T. Sutadara and Venerable I Chandrabodhi visited BGKT, on March 17th.

February 2000
First BGKT Puja meeting led by Isa on 21st February.

1999

October 1999
The first visit by Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara) to BGKT was on 9th October 1999. He has visited Kendal regularly since then. Visits he made with other Bhikkhus (Monks) are recorded above.

October 1999
Venerable Witharandeniye Kassapa Maha Thera (Head of MIBAUK The Midlands International Buddhist Association in the UK in Birmingham),Venerable P.Sorata Thera from Peradeniya Sri Lanka, and Venerable N.Pannaloka visited BGKT, on October 14th.

September 1999
Venerable Witharandeniye Kassapa Maha Thera (Head of MIBAUK The Midlands International Buddhist Association in the UK in Birmingham) and Venerable Sorata Thera from Peradeniya Sri Lanka visited BGKT and Windermere, on September 30th.

August 1999
Venerable Witharandeniye Kassapa Kassapa Maha Thera (Head of MIBAUK The Midlands International Buddhist Association in the UK in Birmingham) was the Preceptor when Upasaka Punna took the Panca Sila (Five Precepts) on 26th August. Venerable Shashan Rakshit Sramanalso participated.

July 1999
Venerable Witharandeniye Kassapa Maha Thera (Head of MIBAUK The Midlands International Buddhist Association in the UK in Birmingham), Venerable Subodhi, and a Thai Bhikkhu, visited BGKT on 29th July.

June 1999
BGKT visited Harnham Ratanagiri Monastery in Northumberland on 14th June.

May 1999
Ketumati Buddhist Vihara opened in Crumpsall Manchester. Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera is the Head of the Vihara. The Vihara later moved to Oldham.

May 1999
Venerable Witharandeniye Kassapa Maha Thera (Head of MIBAUK The Midlands International Buddhist Association in the UK in Birmingham), Venerable Subodhi, Venerable Vipassi, Venerable Shasana Rakshit Sraman and Venerable Buddhanand Biplab visited BGKT and Fell Foot Park Lake Windermere on 27th May.

May 1999
BGKT visited the Mahasi Dhamma Fellowship Burmese Buddhist Vihara in Billinge Lancashire, on 16th May.

April 1999
Venerable Subodhi from Sri Lanka visited BGKT on April 8th.

February 1999
Reverend Saido Kennaway from Throssel Hole Priory (Soto Zen Buddhism) visited BGKT, on 11th February.

1998

August 1998
Venerable Witharandeniye Kassapa Maha Thera (Head of MIBAUK The Midlands International Buddhist Association in the UK in Birmingham) and Venerable Chandakirthi, Venerable Dhammaloka and Venerable Sirinivasa visited BGKT on 16th August.

July 1998
BGKT visited the Mahasi Dhamma Fellowship Burmese Buddhist Vihara in Billinge Lancashire, on 18th July.

July 1998
Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru died on 18th July.

1997

September 1997
Venerable Witharandeniye Kassapa Maha Thera (Head of MIBAUK The Midlands International Buddhist Association in the UK in Birmingham) was the Preceptor when Upasaka Sumedha and Upasaka Mahinda took the Panca Sila (Five Precepts) on 27th September. He authorized Isa from BGKT to teach meditation. Rev Griffith Jones (Kendal Unitarian Chapel Minister) and Mrs Sally Jones attended.

1996

June 1996
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili and Upasaka Paul from Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) attended the Upasika Lay Groups Day at Harnham Ratanagiri Monastery on 29th June.

May 1996
BGKT held a retreat at Lattendales Quaker Retreat Centre, Greystoke Cumbria from 11th-13th May.

April 1996
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili attended the first time in the UK, a Dhammacarya (Dharma Teacher) of the Order of Interbeing of the Community of Interbeing, gave the Three Refuges and The Five Precepts to two lay women, at a Day of Mindfulness held at a house in Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, on 21st April.

“This event makes history both for us and for the Order of Interbeing, being the first time that this ceremony has been conducted in the UK without a visiting teacher from overseas having to be present. the ceremony is an expression of the individual’s intention to make the Buddhist path the central inspiration in their life.” Zen Therapy News, (May, 1996) 2.

1995

April 1995
Venerable Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera visited BGKT from 13th-22nd April. He led a retreat at Lattendales Quaker Retreat Centre for BGKT and Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada), at Lattendales Quaker Retreat Centre at Greystoke in Cumbria from 13th-19th April.

April 1995
Venerable Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera was the Preceptor when Upasika Canda took the Panca Sila (Five Precepts) on 14th April.

1994

September 1994
Venerable Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera was the Preceptor when Upasaka Sudharma took the Panca Sila (Five Precepts) on 30th September in London.

August 1994
Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru Aggamaha was the Preceptor when Jacquetta Gomes Upasika Jayasîlî was the first person outside the USA to undertake the 12 Bodhicari Precepts at the London Buddhist Vihara on 3rd August 1994. (These Precepts are an expansion of the Ajivatthamaka Sîla (Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth).)

July 1994
Julian and Paul from Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) became Upasakas, took Refuge in the Triple Gem and undertook to observe Panca Sila (The Five Precepts), at Harnham Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery, Northumberland, on Asalha (Esala) Puja Full Moon Day 22nd July 1994.

1993

December 1993
Titus Gomes visited Keswick Buddhist Group for the first time on December 14th. He has taught meetings there since then.

July and August 1993
Venerable Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera visited BGKT and Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada), from 30th July to 2nd August. On 31st July he had a dana lunch at Kendal Unitarian Chapel at the invitation of Rev Griffith Jones (Kendal Unitarian Chapel Minister) and Mrs Sally Jones.

1992

May 1992
Jacquetta Gomes Upasika Jayasîlî visited Keswick Buddhist Group for the first time on May 5th. She has organized Wesak and Esala celebrations there, and taught meetings there since then.

January 1992
BGKT’s first Open Meeting was held at Fellside Centre on 11th January 1992.

January 1992
BGKT’s first closed meeting was held at the Kendal Quakers Friends Meeting House on 10th January 1992.
(In 2002 BGKT sponsored a chair at the Quaker Tapestry tea-room to thank the Kendal Quakers for having allowed BGKT’s first meeting to be held at their Meeting House. The plaque on the chair reads Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) held its first meeting at Kendal Friends Meeting House 10th January 1992.)

1991

Plans were made to start BGKT with the first meeting in January 1992. Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru Aggamaha (1896-1998) one of the world’s most senior Theravada Buddhist Bhikkhus (Monks) and Venerable Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera (1927-) (an internationally respected meditation master and author who has been resident in the USA for many years) agreed to become BGKT’s spiritual advisors.

For other articles about and other websites with information about the Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) please see the Publications page and History and Developments page on this website.

The History and Developments of the Group can be found in the following article
“A Brief History of the Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)”, NBO [Network of Buddhist Organisations UK] Connections, (Winter, 2007) Issue 2, 16-17.
(Available on line at http://nbo.org.uk/nboweb1/home.htm

At the bottom of the page there are links to NBO Connections The NBO E-zine Issues 1 and 2)s

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