BGKT 2013 News

Updated 11 July 2020

November 2013

INTERFAITH WEEK 17 – 23 November 2013

BGKT participated in Inter Faith Week
https://www.interfaithweek.org/

The IFN Interfaith Network for the UK included Kendal

Kendal is included every year in Events by Town
https://www.interfaithweek.org/events/by-town

The Mayor of Kendal Councillor Sylvia Emmott joined SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum and SLEDP South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership, for a celebration in Kendal Town Hall on Wednesday 20th November. Readings were given by the Mayor and local faith groups. Upasaka Sumedha read The Metta Sutta (The Discourse on Loving Kindness) in English, on behalf of BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada). Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili read The Golden Rule, on behalf of KWMMG Kendal Women’s Multifaith Meditation Group.

The Chaplain of Penrith Hospital led a training session on minority faiths at Penrith hospital on Friday 22nd November. He was assisted by  BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili.

SLEDP (South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership) and SLIF (South Lakeland Interfaith Forum) presented Celebrating Our Faiths, on Saturday 23rd November. The meeting was held in the Westmorland shopping centre in Kendal. There were information stalls from local faith organisations and AWAZ. The organisers brought practitioners of many faiths and paths together to share their insights and practices and to learn from each other. Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Secretary of BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) was the SLEDP Lead for this event.

On Sunday 24th November Interfaith Sunday was celebrated at Kendal Unitarian Chapel. An Interfaith Service led by the SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum Secretary, included readings and prayers from and representatives of local faith communities and faith organizations. BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) was represented by BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili.

October 2013

Sangha Authorized Dhamma Teachers from BGKT (Upasaka Sumedha, Upasaka Mahinda, Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili and Titus Gomes) attended Ketumati Buddhist Vihara’s Katina celebrations on 27th October.

October 2013

The Convention Session Faith and Fire was led by Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara, Manchester and Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) (Secretary BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada))

MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CONVENTION

https://manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com/

The 2013 Manchester Buddhist Convention was held on 12 October at St Peter’s House Chaplaincy, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9GH.

The Convention Session Faith and Fire was led by Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara, Manchester and Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) (Secretary BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada))

August 2013

BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes at 2013 IARF/WCF Conference

IARF International Association for Religious Freedom/WCF World Congress of Faiths/Horsham Interfaith Forum, Conference Religious Freedom & Responsibility for Planet and People, 20-23 August 2013 in Horsham, West Sussex, UK. WCF Member and BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili, spoke about Faith and Fire on Thursday 22 August.

The Conference book which includes her talk is: Religious Freedom and Responsibility For Planet and People, IARF International Association for Religious Freedom, 2013. (ISBN 978-0-9538172-2-1).

http://www.worldfaiths.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Horsham2013.pdf

https://iarf.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Report-Horsham-hosts-international-conference.pdf

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/2020/06/12/jacquetta-gomes-a-worlds-first/

July 2013

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) in Kendal on 28 July 2013.

July 2013

Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday 2013

Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday led by The Worshipful the Town Mayor Councillor Sylvia Emmott on Sunday 7 July 2013, included an invitation from the Mayor to SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum and all faith groups in Kendal.

BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada), KWMMG Kendal Womens Multifaith Meditation Group 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.

May 2013

The Mayor of Kendal Councillor Sylvia Emmott attended BGKT’s Vesak celebrations, at Kendal URC United Reformed Church on May 24 2013.

May 2013

The Kendal Town Council Annual General Meeting & Mayor Making Ceremony for Mayor Councillor Sylvia Emmott was held in Kendal Town Hall on 16th May 2013. BGKT Secretary Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Jacquetta Gomes) and Titus Gomes represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada).

April 2013

A Bhikkhu [Buddhist Monk] from Amaravati Forest Monastery and an Upasaka [Buddhist layman] walked around Britain on a long walk of pilgrimage to many holy and sacred sites around the UK. On 19 April the Bhikkhu led a discussion with BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada).

https://equalitycumbria.org/cumbria-interfaith-forum/news/buddhist-group-kendal-update

April 2013

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham, led a session on mindfulness, for CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service personnel and Cumbria Ambulance Service personnel, at Kendal Fire Station on 19 April 2013.

https://equalitycumbria.org/cumbria-interfaith-forum/news/buddhist-group-kendal-update

January 2013

Monthly silent meditation sessions for CBG Cumbrian Buddhist Groups started on Monday 7 January.

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