Updated 16th June 2018
Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding by Upasaka Jotima on 4th December 1989.
NIF NATIONAL INTERFAITH WEEK 16-22 November 2014
The Mayor of Kendal Councillor Thomas Clare, joined SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum 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 Sunday 23rd November NIF was celebrated in a Service at Kendal Unitarian Chapel.
MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CONVENTION
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)).
Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women recognized Jacquetta Gomes Secretary of BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) as the first female Buddhist Fire Chaplain in the world.
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) on 27th 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.
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (born in Sri Lanka) Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) on 29th 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 and Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Jacquetta Gomes) represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada).
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.
BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) 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.
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili, Secretary of BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) 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.
The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Monday 20th January at Kendal Friends Meeting House [Quakers].