BGKT 2015 News

Updated 24th April 2017

BGKT 2015 News

November 2015

INTERFAITH WEEK 15-21 November 2015

http://www.interfaithweek.org/

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 BGKT Secretary and a member of the Faith and Fire Steering Group.

SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith for a 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.

November 2015

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

November 2015

Merseyside FRS were represented at the Opening Ceremony and Kathina Celebration at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester on Sunday 8th November 2015.

October 2015

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

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).

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 Faith and Fire 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

August 2015

The Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia included a page Bodhicari Precepts by Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes.

http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php/Bodhicari_Precepts_by_Bodhicarini_Upasika_Jayasili

August 2015

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

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 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 2015

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

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 mobilise 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.

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.

June 2015

In June 2015 SF&RS Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service England, UK, appointed 3 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.

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.

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.

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 May 4th 2015.

April 2015

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

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. Th session was very successful with a high standard of discussion in which everyone attending participated.

March 2015

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

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

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

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.

January 2015

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

 

 

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