BGKT 2015 News

Updated 22nd July 2017

BGKT 2015 News

November 2015

INTERFAITH WEEK 15-21 November 2015

http://www.interfaithweek.org/

Quaker Tapestry Event

Karen Balmer, chaplaincy development officer for the Methodist Church and Jacquetta Gomes, secretary of the Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada), viewed the Quaker Tapestry and visited the tearoom and gave readings, by arrangement with Bridget Guest General Manager. (Jacquetta helped to stitch one of the panels and is a member of the Quaker Tapestry.)

https://www.facebook.com/ifweek/posts/1243408145685898

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14097927.Local_Buddhists__Methodists_and_Catholics_celebrate_National_Interfaith_Week/

The Fire Fighters Charity multi-faith chaplaincy

The Fire Fighters Charity multi-faith chaplaincy was launched during Inter Faith Week on 18 November 2015 at Jubilee House near Penrith in Cumbria, which is the charity’s first centre to introduce multi-faith chaplaincy support. The first Chaplain is Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili a member of the Faith and Fire Steering Group.

“Firefighters charity leads the way with multifaith chaplaincy”, Cumberland & Westmorland Herald, (4 December 2015).

http://www.cwherald.com/a/archive/firefighters-charity-leads-the-way-with-multifaith-chaplaincy.451726.html

“Fire Fighters Charity Multifaith Chaplaincy and Faith and Fire”, IFN Inter-Faith Network for the United Kingdom IFN e- bulletin (February/March 2016) page 11.

https://www.interfaith.org.uk/news/ifn-e-bulletin 

https://www.interfaith.org.uk/uploads/IFNe-bulletinFeb-Mar20161.pdf

“Kendal Buddhist to help recuperating firefighters”, Westmorland Gazette, (3 December 2015).

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14105887.Kendal_Buddhist_to_help_recuperating_firefighters/

“Multifaith Chaplaincy Proposed by The Fire Fighters Charity in the UK” By Press Office Buddhistdoor Global (2015-11-2)

https://www.buddhistdoor.net/news/multifaith-chaplaincy-proposed-by-the-fire-fighters-charity-in-the-uk

https://www.facebook.com/BuddhistdoorGlobal/posts/964811966927183

SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith celebration in Kendal Town Hall

SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith led an interfaith week celebration in Kendal Town Hall on Tuesday 17th November. Readings were given by local faith groups. A booklet of readings was prepared by SLIF. Upasaka Sumedha read on behalf of BGKT. Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili read on behalf of Faith and Fire.

https://southlakelandinterfaith.com/2016/07/11/readings-from-interfaith-week-2015/

November 2015

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

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

November 2015

BGKT and Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) were represented at the Opening Ceremony and Kathina Celebration at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester on Sunday 8th November 2015.

http://www.newslanka.net/the_grand_opening_ceremony_of_new_ketumati_buddhist_vihara_&_kathina_celebrations.html

October 2015

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

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

October 2015

MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CONVENTION

www.manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com

The 2015 Manchester Buddhist Convention was held at Manchester University Chaplaincy on 10th October.

The Convention Session Faith and Fire was led by Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa; 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 Inclusion & Diversity and CFOA Equality & Diversity Group; and Fire Officer Daryl Oprey (CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Inclusion & Diversity).

Buddhists, Fire and Rescue Service and Police Working Together in Cumbria 10 June 2012 https://manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/buddhists-fire-and-rescue-service-and-police-working-together-in-cumbria/

Faith and Fire 26 July 2015 https://manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com/spiritual-event-listings/faith-and-fire/

Jacquetta Gomes – World’s First Female Buddhist Fire Chaplain 26 July 2015 https://manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/jacquetta-gnomes-worlds-first-female-buddhist-fire-chaplain/

September 2015

Dr Hema Gamage led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) at Kendal Fire Station community room on 27th September 2015. As far as BGKT is aware this is the first retreat led by a female Buddhist to take place in an operational Fire Station in the UK.

https://www.facebook.com/sakyadhita.international/posts/912013728884298

“Kendal Buddhists hold retreat at town’s fire station”, Westmorland Gazette, posted on website 19 October 2015.

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/13878625.Kendal_Buddhists_hold_retreat_at_town_s_fire_station/

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

August 2015

The Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia included pages by Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes.

http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php/Category:Bodhicarini_Upasika_Jayasili_Jacquetta_Gomes

“Kendal Buddhists ‘delighted’ that their works feature in new international eLibrary”, Westmorland Gazette, posted 1 February (2016).

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14244520.Kendal_Buddhists__delighted__that_their_works_feature_in_new_international_eLibrary/

“Kendal Buddhists ‘delighted’ that their works feature in new international eLibrary”, The Buddhist Channel, 2 February, 2016.

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,12656,0,0,1,0#.WP8kscbTXIU

August 2015

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 18th August at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

August 2015

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on 1st August.

July 2015

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 26th July 2015.

(As far as BGKT is aware Venerable Piyatissa led the first retreat led by a Buddhist Monk to take place in an operational Fire Station in the UK, at Kendal Fire Station in September 2011.)

July 2015

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

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

July 2015

Jacquetta Gomes BGKT Secretary ran a stall and spoke about Faith and Fire and BEWES Buddhists Engaged with Emergency Services, at the Cinnamon Kendal Faith Action Audit event on 16th July. This is part of the national Faith Action Audit.

The results of the Cinnamon Faith Action Audits were announced on Wednesday May 20th 2015 at Emmanuel Centre, Westminster.

Key statistics:

  • Collectively, local faith groups deliver 220,000 social action projects
  • Local faith groups serve 48 million beneficiaries
  • Local faith groups mobilize 2 million volunteers
  • Collectively,  local faith groups give over £3 billion worth of social support

http://www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/

http://www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/cinnamon-faithaction-audits/

http://bewesbuddhists.weebly.com/

http://faithandfire.co.uk/

July 2015

Thai Buddhist Monk Luang Poh Sudhiro led a meeting for BGKT, Carlisle Theravada Buddhist Group, Keswick Theravada Buddhist Group and local Buddhists, at Castle Street Centre Kendal on 14th July.

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. This is in recognition of Luang Poh Sudhiro’s outstanding work for the Dhamma Buddhist Teachings.

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/13492874.Buddhist_monk_speaks_of_kindness_in_Kendal/

July 2015

Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday led by The Worshipful the Town Mayor Councillor Chris Hogg on Sunday 5th 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). SLIF Secretary Rev John Hetherington and SLIF Treasurer Mandy Reynolds represented SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum.

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.

July 2015

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on 4th June.

June 2015

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 30th June at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

June 2015

In June 2015 SF&RS Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service England, UK, appointed three Buddhists as Fire Chaplains:

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara, Manchester, Venerable Galpottayaye Pemananda Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, and Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili BGKT Secretary.

http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/3452.asp

http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/Documents/chaplains-poster-2015-v2.pdf

http://www.newslanka.net/staffordshire_fire_and_rescue_service.html

June 2015

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on 6th June.

May 2015

The Kendal Town Council Annual General Meeting & Mayor Making Ceremony for Mayor Councillor Chris Hogg was held in Kendal Town Hall on 21st May 2015.

Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili and Titus Gomes represented SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum.

May 2015

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

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

 

May 2015

Jacquetta Gomes ESFRS East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Buddhist and Multifaith Chaplain attended the ESFRS Chaplains Day at ESFRS on 15th May. The day started at the ESFRS Training Centre in Maresfield East Sussex for the launch of the new ESFRS Chaplain Handbook This was followed by a visit to the new Sussex Control Centre in Hayward’s Heath West Sussex.

http://www.esfrs.org/search/?q=chaplains

May 2015

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal Theravada Wesak Celebration 2015

The Mayor of Kendal Councillor Thomas Clare was invited to BGKT’s Wesak celebrations, at Kendal URC United Reformed Church on 4th May 2015.

May 2015

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal Theravada attended Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester’s Wesak Celebration at a Hindu Temple in Oldham on 3rd May 2015.

April 2015

Durham University St Aidan’s alumna and University College [Castle] SCR member Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili and Castle Chaplain Rev Dr Hannah Cleugh led sessions of Buddhist – Christian dialogue in the Norman Chapel in the Castle on 27th April 2015. The session was very successful with a high standard of discussion in which everyone attending participated.

“Buddhist Christian Dialogue at University College”, Dunelm Newswire [Alumni Office Durham University], June 2015. https://www.dunelm.org.uk/news/newswire

April 2015

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

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

April 2015

BGKT attended the MBC Manchester Buddhist Convention day on mindfulness at the Manchester Buddhist Centre on Saturday 11th April.

March 2015

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

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

March 2015

A meditation retreat for small Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held in Ambleside on Saturday 14th March.

February 2015

A celebration lunch was held on 28th February at Waterside Vegetarian Cafe Kendal, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) which was founded by Julian Holdsworth on 4th December 1989.

February 2015

Ven Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester and Venerable Maholava Ariyadhamma (a cave dwelling monk from Sri Lanka) visited BGKT on Sunday 22nd February.

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/11828675.Cave_dwelling_monk_visits_Kendal_Buddhists/

February 2015

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

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

February 2015

WIHW World Interfaith Harmony Week

http://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com/

Durham University St Aidan’s alumna and University College [Castle] SCR member Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili and Castle Chaplain Rev Dr Hannah Cleugh led sessions of Buddhist – Christian dialogue in the Norman Chapel in the Castle in World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015. The session was very successful with a high standard of discussion in which everyone attending participated.

http://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com/wp-content/plugins/event-reports/docs/323/f01c5bb4cc4198eebfe465fbbc26700d92673965.pdf

“Buddhist Christian Dialogue at University College”, Dunelm Newswire [Alumni Office Durham University], June 2015. https://www.dunelm.org.uk/news/newswire

“An event is being held at Durham Castle on Tuesday 3 February as part of World Interfaith Harmony Week on ‘Meditation: Buddhist and Christian perspectives’. The event will be held at 5.30pm in the Norman Chapel in Durham Castle and will be led by Jacquetta Gomes and Hannah Cleugh”, IFN Interfaith Network of UK e-bulletin, (January/February 2015) page 14.

https://www.interfaith.org.uk/news/ifn-e-bulletin

https://www.stratfordinterfaith.org.uk/index.php/items-of-interest?download=30:ifn

January 2015

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

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

 

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