MBC Manchester Buddhist Convention

Updated 8th August 2014

MBC MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CONVENTION

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MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CONVENTION 2013

The 2013 Manchester Buddhist Convention was held at Manchester University Chaplaincy on 12th October.

The Convention Session Faith and Fire was led by Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara, Oldham, and Chaplain to Manchester University); 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) ; Fire Officer Daryl Oprey (CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Equality & Diversity); and Brian Rendell (Faith and Fire Treasurer and Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)).

Venerable Piyatissa explained how mindfulness can be developed to help all the parties (firefighters and victims) to face and overcome difficult emergency situations. Fire Officer Oprey explained the national developments taking place.

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, Oldham, and Chaplain to Manchester University); Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) (Secretary, Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)); and Fire Officer Daryl Oprey (CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Equality & Diversity).

Venerable Piyatissa explained how mindfulness can be developed to help all the parties (firefighters and victims) to face and overcome difficult emergency situations. Fire Officer Oprey explained the national developments taking place. Jacquetta Gomes explained the Pilot Project at Kendal Fire Station.

Fire Officer Daryl Oprey (CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Equality & Diversity), Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham and Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes Secretary of BGKT are working together to ensure that any information the Fire Service holds on Buddhism is appropriate, accurate and helpful. Other Buddhist teachers are helping them with this. They are also working together find and develop appropriate national and international contacts for Fire Officer Oprey from various faiths.

Fire Officer Daryl Oprey stated “With respect to the Fire Service involvement it is around us being a more inclusive, aware and conspicuous service not just about dealing with tragedy but preventing it. We treat everyone as members of society and appreciate that our service delivery needs to be shown as being adaptable and considerate of all faiths and cultures. It is not enough to believe that ‘one size fits all’.”

Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Secretary, Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)) became Advisor on Interfaith and Multifaith to Fire Officer Daryl Oprey CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Equality & Diversity and CFOA E & D Group, on 7th November 2012.

KENDAL PILOT PROJECT

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa, Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara, Oldham, led a retreat for BGKT (Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)) at Kendal Fire Station community room in 2011. As far as we are aware, this was the first retreat led by a Buddhist monk in an operative Fire Station in the UK. Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and BGKT are developing a pilot project at Kendal Fire Station in 2012. This is led by Fire Officer Will Richardson (Service Delivery Manager Kendal Locality Office) and Jacquetta Gomes Secretary of BGKT.

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham gave a talk and led a question and answer session for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service personnel at Kendal Fire Station community room, on 7th August 2012. The meeting was chaired by Fire Officer Will Richardson (Service Delivery Manager Kendal Locality Office) and attended by Gloria Warwick BME & Migrant Workers Advocate Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and members of BGKT.

Contributions from Kendal Fire Station Pilot Project were read out.

“THE KENDAL PILOT PROJECT
The collaboration between 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. Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) has been instrumental in making contact with and arranging meetings with faith groups and leaders. This familiarisation will be invaluable, were we to attend an incident, or provide fire safety visits to our minority groups. The understanding learned through visits/talks from specialists (including Venerable Piyatissa and Sufi Nuh Nazir) will allow us to support the cultures and faiths in Cumbria in a more meaningful way.” Will Richardson, Service Delivery Manager, Kendal Locality Office CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

“It is the ongoing aim and commitment of CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service to provide excellent fire prevention and emergency services to all our community members in Cumbria. In order to do this we need to continually seek greater understanding of the changing and evolving nature of the communities that we serve. As Rev Dr Braybrooke President of the WCF World Congress of Faiths, wrote in his letter to our Chief Fire Officer, Dominic Harrison – “…those engaged in the service of the community can be helped by the leaders of faith communities to show sensitivity to the beliefs and pattern of life of members of minority communities.” Leaders of faith communities, people like yourself, help us immeasurably to engage fully with minority communities with open dialogue where we can make sure our life saving advice and services can be accurate, sensitive and inclusive. As an organisation we also benefit from understanding and welcoming diversity into the Fire Service itself, so that our dedicated personnel are a reflection of the increasingly diverse community that we seek to serve.” Simone Garnett, BME Advocate Kendal Fire Station, CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Jacquetta Gomes, Chief Constable Stuart Hyde QPM, and Fire Officer Will Richardson (Service Delivery Manager Kendal Locality Office), have written an 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/

MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CONVENTION 2011

John Gerrard (Upasaka Sumedha) attended the Conference at the Manchester Buddhist Centre, on 11th June 2011.

He was one of the senior practitioners in the session chaired by Venerable Piyatissa “Questions and answer session by Panel of monastics / order members”.

He led the chanting of the Metta Sutta (The Discourse on Loving Kindness) at the end of the Convention.

MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CONVENTION 2010

Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) and Fran Townsend (Upasaka Sumana) attended the Convention at the Fo Guang Shan Temple Stretford, on 19th June 2010. Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) was one of the senior practitioners in the session chaired by Venerable Piyatissa “Questions and answers for Monks, Nuns and senior practitioners”.

MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CONVENTION 2008

BGKT chanted the Mittanisamsa Sutta (The Discourse on the Profits of Friendship), at the Manchester Buddhist Convention at the Polish Community Centre Oldham, on 7th June 2008.

Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) was one of the senior practitioners in the session chaired by Venerable Piyatissa “Questions and answer session by Panel of monastics / order members”.

 

 

 

 

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