Updated 16th June 2018
NATIONAL INTERFAITH WEEK 18-27 November 2012
THE KENDAL PILOT PROJECT
The collaboration between BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Kendal Fire Station, was born out of the Fire Service looking to engage with and also wishing to have an understanding of the cultures and faiths that make up our wider community.
The Sufi Travelling Zikr was at Kendal Fire Station Community Room on Saturday 24th November as part of the Kendal Pilot Project.
NIF NATIONAL INTERFAITH WEEK 18-27 November 2012
The Sufi Travelling Zikr was at Kendal Unitarian Chapel on 23rd November. This was organized by SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum and KEG Kendal Ecumenical Group.
NIF NATIONAL INTERFAITH WEEK 18-27 November2012
The Mayor of Kendal Councillor John Willshaw invited SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum, representatives of local faith groups, the Chair of SLEDP South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership, and CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (representing agencies), for a celebration in the Mayor’s Parlour in Kendal Town Hall on Thursday 22nd November. A booklet of the readings given by the invitees was prepared by SLIF. Upasaka Sumedha read The Metta Sutta (The Discourse on Loving Kindness) in English, on behalf of BGKT. Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili read The Golden Rule, on behalf of KWMMG Kendal Women’s Multifaith Meditation Group.
NIF NATIONAL INTERFAITH WEEK 18-27 November2012
Celebrating Our Faiths NIF National Interfaith Week Event in Kendal
SLEDP (South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership) and SLIF (South Lakeland Interfaith Forum) presented Celebrating Our Faiths, on 17th November, the eve of National Interfaith Week (NIF). The meeting was held at South Lakes Foyer in Kendal. There were information stalls from local faith organisations, and a discussion session led by the SLIF committee. The organisers brought practitioners of many faiths and paths together to share their insights and practices and to learn from each other. Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Secretary of BGKT was the SLEDP Lead for this event.
CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service had a stall, which included information about the Pilot Project at Kendal Fire Station between CFRS and BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada). Several faith groups offered their support for the expansion of the Pilot Project to include other faiths in 2013.
MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CONVENTION 2012
The 2012 Convention was held at Manchester University Chaplaincy on 13th October.
The Conference Session BUDDHISTS, FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE WORKING TOGETHER IN CUMBRIA was led by Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester and Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) (Secretary BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)).
Jacquetta Gomes’s article “Buddhists, Fire and Rescue Service and Police Working Together in Cumbria”, Faith Initiative, Issue 27 (September, 2012) 10. Available online at www.faithinitiative.co.uk/
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (born in Sri Lanka) Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) on 30th September 2012.
BGKT visited Harnham Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery (Thai Forest Tradition) in Northumberland on 6th September. They had an audience with the Abbot.
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (born in Sri Lanka) Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) on 29th July 2012.
Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday 2012
Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday led by The Worshipful the Town Mayor Councillor John Willshaw on Sunday 1st July 2012, included an invitation from the Mayor to SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum and all faith groups in Kendal.
Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada), KWMMG Kendal Womens Multifaith Meditation Group and SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum.
She 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.
Members of BGKT attended the teachings and public talk during the Dalai Lama’s visit to Manchester Arena on June 17th and 18th.
SLIF SOUTH LAKELAND INTERFAITH FORUM
South Lakeland Interfaith Forum has organized a series of meditation sessions. The series draws on different faith traditions and each will be suitable for those new to meditation. SLIF hopes to bring practitioners of many faiths and paths together to share their insights and practices and to learn from each other.
Upasaka Sumedha leader of Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) led the SLIF meditation session on Buddhist Meditation on Thursday June 7th 2012.
The Kendal Town Council Annual General Meeting & Mayor Making Ceremony for Mayor Councillor John Willshaw was held in Kendal Town Hall on 17th May 2012.
Upasaka Sumedha represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Jacquetta Gomes) represented KWMMG Kendal Womens Multifaith Meditation Group.
The Mayor of Kendal Councillor Jonathan Brook attended BGKT’s Wesak celebrations on May 5th at Kendal URC United Reformed Church.
BBC Radio Cumbria interviewed Titus Gomes about Wesak on the Sunday Breakfast Show on 29th April.
BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) is celebrating 20 years in Kendal. BGKT wish to thank everyone who has helped the Group and given support over the past twenty years.
In 1991 when plans were made to set up BGKT, Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Aggamaha Pandita Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru DLitt DLitt (1896-1998) (one of the world’s most senior Theravada Buddhist Bhikkhus (Monks), and Venerable Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera (an internationally respected meditation master and author who has been resident in the USA for many years), agreed to become BGKT’s spiritual advisors.
Quaker Tapestry www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk
The first BGKT meeting was held on 10th January 1992 at the Quakers Friends Meeting House in Kendal. In 2002 BGKT sponsored a seat in the Quaker Tapestry Tearooms at the 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. Venerable Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera visited the Quaker Tapestry in 1995.
The first public open BGKT meeting was held on 11th January 1992 at Fellside Centre. BGKT continues to hold its open meetings at Fellside Centre. Venerable Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera taught at Fellside Centre in 1993 and 1995. Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera, Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara, has been conducting teaching sessions for BGKT at Fellside Centre since 1999. Other Bhikkhus (Monks) have visited BGKT at Fellside Centre. 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) taught at Fellside Centre in 2000. Venerable Witharandeniye Kassapa Maha Thera (Head of MIBAUK The Midlands International Buddhist Association in the UK in Birmingham) was the Preceptor when the Panca Sila (Five Precepts) were offered for the first time in Kendal to Upasaka Sumedha and Upasaka Mahinda in 1997. The Unitarian Minister and his wife attended.