BGKT 2014 News

Updated 11th August 2015

December 2014

Fire Officer Daryl Oprey (CFOA Lead on Inclusion & Diversity) and Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Advisor on Interfaith and Multifaith to Fire Officer Daryl Oprey and CFOA E & D Group) attended the EHRC Equalities and Human Rights Commisssion meeting Call for evidence; religion or belief in the workplace and service industry, at the EHRC in London on 5th December.

December 2014

Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding by Julian Holsdworth on 4th December 1989.

November 2014

NIF NATIONAL INTERFAITH WEEK 16-22 November 2014

The Mayor of Kendal Councillor Thomas Clare, joined SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith for a celebration in Kendal Town Hall on Tuesday 18th November. Readings were given by the Mayor and local faith groups. A booklet of readings was prepared by SLIF. Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili read on behalf of Faith and Fire.

On Sunday 23rd November NIF was celebrated in a Service at Kendal Unitarian Chapel. Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili represented Faith and Fire.

November 2014

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Monday 17th November at Kendal Fire Station.

November 2014

Fire Officer Daryl Oprey (CFOA Lead on Inclusion & Diversity) and AFSA Joint Vice Chair and Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Advisor on Interfaith and Multifaith to Fire Officer Daryl Oprey and CFOA E & D Group) attended the AFSA Asian Fire Service Association Conference Integrated Community Leadership: Working in Partnership to drive Equality, Inclusion &Participation to inform & Secure Prevention, at The Moat House Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire, England, UK on 13th and 14th November.

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa and Jacquetta Gomes are Fire Chaplains for ESFRS East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Venerable Piyatissa was represented by Venerable Galpottayaye  Pemananda.

October 2014

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 21st October at Kendal Fire Station.

October 2014

MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CONVENTION

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The 2014 Manchester Buddhist Convention was held at Manchester University Chaplaincy on 11th October.

The Convention Session Faith and Fire was led by  Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) (Secretary, Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)) and (Advisor on Interfaith and Multifaith to Fire Officer Daryl Oprey CFOA Lead on Equality & Diversity and CFOA E & D Group) and ESFRS East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Bufdhist and Multifaith Chaplain; and Fire Officer Daryl Oprey (CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Equality & Diversity).

September 2014

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 16th september at Kendal Fire Station.

September 2014

Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women recognized Jacquetta Gomes as the first female Buddhist Fire Chaplain in the world.

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September 2014

Fire Officer Daryl Oprey Oprey spoke about CFOA and Faith and Fire at the FRSCA Fire & Rescue Service Chaplains’ Association of the United Kingdom and Islands UK Conference at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-the-Marsh from 9th-11th September 2014. ESFRS East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Buddhist and Multifaith Chaplainand another another East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Chaplain represented ESFRS Chaplaincy.

August 2014

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 19th August at Kendal Fire Station.

July 2014

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 29th July at Kendal Fire Station.

July 2014

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (born in Sri Lanka) Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) at Kendal Fire Station community room on 27th July 2014.

(As far as we are aware he led the first retreat led by a Buddhist Monk to take place in an operative Fire Station in the UK, at Kendal Fire Station in September 2011.)

July 2014

Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday led by The Worshipful the Town Mayor Councillor Thomas Clare on Sunday 6th July 2014, 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) 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.

June 2014

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (born in Sri Lanka) Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) at Kendal Fire Station community room on 29th June 2014.

(As far as we are aware he led the first retreat led by a Buddhist Monk to take place in an operative Fire Station in the UK, at Kendal Fire Station in September 2011.)

June 2014

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 17th June at Kendal Fire Station.

June 2014

The Kendal Town Council Annual General Meeting & Mayor Making Ceremony for Mayor Councillor Thomas Clare was held in Kendal Town Hall on 5th June 2014.

Upasaka Sumedha (John Gerrard) and Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Jacquetta Gomes) represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kenda (Theravada); Rev John Hetherington (SLIF Secretary) and Amanda Reynolds (SLIF Treasurer) represented SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum.

May 2014

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 20th May at Kendal Fire Station.

May 2014

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal Theravada Wesak Celebration 2014

The Deputy Mayor of Kendal Councillor Thomas Clare attended BGKT’s Wesak celebrations, at Kendal URC United Reformed Church on May 14th 2014.

April 2014

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 29th April at Kendal Fire Station.

March 2014

BGKT and Keswick Theravada Buddhist Group visited Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre in Scotland on 29th March. Jacquetta Gomes had an audience with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche Abbot and Retreat Master and Nun Ani Lhamo.

March 2014

Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili, Secretary of BGKT, in her role as Advisor on Interfaith and Multifaith to Fire Officer Daryl Oprey CFOA (Chief Fire Officers Association) Lead on Equality & Diversity and CFOA Equality and Diversity Group spoke on Faith and Fire, at the BUILDING A BRIDGE THROUGH SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIP Conference of Buddhist Chaplains from the UK and US, held at Balliol College, Oxford University on 15th and 16th March 2014.

The event provided a unique opportunity to share experience between two different parts of the Buddhist world on how each have started to develop Buddhist Chaplaincy, and on its benefits to both chaplains and to those receiving our support and ministry. The overall aim was to forge a collegial and spiritual relationship between UK and US Buddhist chaplains and chaplain communities.

February 2014

ESFRS East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service England, UK, has appointed 2 Buddhist Fire Chaplains.

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara  is the Buddhist Chaplain and Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili is the Buddhist and Multifaith Chaplain.

As far as we are aware, these are the first Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk Buddhist Fire Chaplain and first female Buddhist Fire Chaplain. They would be grateful to know of any others who can offer advice and experience.

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January 2014

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Monday 20th January at Kendal Friends Meeting House [Quakers].

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