Updated 13 October 2020

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) was founded in 1991.

COVID-19 BGKT participate from home.  All welcome.  Free.

CMDM Cumbria Moon Day Meditation

COVID-19 CMDM Cumbria Moon Day Meditation participate from home.  All welcome. Free.

CMDM Cumbria Moon Day Meditation.  Cumbrian Theravada Buddhists meditating together from home.


BGKT Open Meeting

COVID-19 BGKT Open Meeting participate from home.  All welcome. Free. Timetable below.

BGKT holds an open meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month (except December), from 2.00 – 4.30pm. All welcome. Free.

2020 Meeting Dates: Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sep. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, December no meeting.

BGKT Open Meeting Timetable available at


Open meetings are led by lay teachers authorized to teach by the Theravada Buddhist Sangha [Community of Theravada Buddhist Monks].  Open meetings include The Four Foundations of Mindfulness taught by The Buddha; Tranquillity and Insight Meditation; Walking Meditation. Talks on Buddhism.

Subject to COVID-19 restrictions for Community Centres BGKT holds an open meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month (except December) from 2.00-4.30 at Castle Street Community Centre, Castle Street, Kendal, LA9 7AD. Detached Room – entrance on the side of the building behind bicycle rack near wall. Free – donations welcome.

Open meetings are also held at Castle Street Centre Kendal for maximum of 6 people under COVID-19 regulations for community centres. If you wish to attend please book a place via the contact page on this BGKT website and wait for confirmation of your place. Do not attend if you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms or is in quarantine. You must wear a face mask and use the provided hand sanitizer. The windows will be open so please wear warm clothes and if you wish bring a blanket or throw to use when meditating. Please bring a bag to store your possessions in. The kitchen is closed so please bring a bottle of water if you require one. All attendees if they can and if their phone will allow them to, need to download the NHS Covid-19 App before they attend the Castle Street Centre. On arrival at the Centre they must check in through the app by taking a picture of the QR Code. If they cannot do this, they can leave contact details for track and trace.

Contact BGKT

Please feel welcome to contact BGKT at bgkt [at] etherway.net or via the contact page on this website.

BGKT 25th Anniversary Celebrations

“Kendal Buddhists celebrate 25 years of faith”, Westmorland Gazette, (6 October 2016)


International Inclusion of BGKT Writings

“Kendal Buddhists ‘delighted’ that their works feature in new international eLibrary”, Westmorland Gazette. (4 February 2016) page 24.