Updated 15 July 2020
BGKT 2014 NEWS
Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding by Upasaka Jotima on 4th December 1989.
INTERFAITH WEEK 16 – 22 November 2014
BGKT participated in Inter Faith Week
The IFN Interfaith Network for the UK included Kendal
Kendal is included every year in Events by Town
The Mayor of Kendal Councillor Thomas Clare, joined SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum for a celebration in Kendal Town Hall on Tuesday 18 November. Readings were given by the Mayor and local faith groups. A booklet of readings was prepared by SLIF. BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili read.
On Sunday 23 November Inter Faith Week was celebrated in a Service at Kendal Unitarian Chapel.
MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CONVENTION
The 2014 Manchester Buddhist Convention was held on 11 October at St Peter’s House Chaplaincy, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9GH.
The Convention Session Faith and Fire was led by Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Secretary BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)).
Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women recognized Jacquetta Gomes Secretary of BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) as the first female Buddhist Fire Chaplain in the world.
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)in Kendal on 27 July 2014.
Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday led by The Worshipful the Town Mayor Councillor Thomas Clare on Sunday 6 July 2014, 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) 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.
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (born in Sri Lanka) Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) in Kendal on 29 June 2014.
On 16 June The Westmorland Gazette posted an article about BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes “Kendal academic to join roll of seniors”. https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/11280683.kendal-academic-to-join-roll-of-seniors/
The Kendal Town Council Annual General Meeting & Mayor Making Ceremony for Mayor Councillor Thomas Clare was held in Kendal Town Hall on 5 June 2014. Upasaka Sumedha John Gerrard and Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Jacquetta Gomes) represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada).
BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal Theravada Wesak Celebration 2014. The Deputy Mayor of Kendal Councillor Thomas Clare attended BGKT’s Wesak celebrations, at Kendal URC United Reformed Church on 14 May 2014. The Westmorland Gazette photographer took photographs.
“About Kendal: Puja ceremony helps Buddhists to celebrate landmark festival”, The Westmorland Gazette 29 May 2014.
BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Keswick Theravada Buddhist Group visited Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre in Scotland on 29 March. Jacquetta Gomes had an audience with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche Abbot and Retreat Master and Nun Ani Lhamo.
Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili, Secretary of BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) spoke on Faith and Fire, at the BUILDING A BRIDGE THROUGH SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIP Conference of Buddhist Chaplains from the UK and US, held at Balliol College, Oxford University on 15 and 16 March 2014. The event provided a unique opportunity to share experience between two different parts of the Buddhist world on how each have started to develop Buddhist Chaplaincy, and on its benefits to both chaplains and to those receiving our support and ministry. The overall aim was to forge a collegial and spiritual relationship between UK and US Buddhist chaplains and chaplain communities.
“About Kendal: Kendal resident Jacquetta Gomes spoke on Faith and Fire”, The Westmorland Gazette, 27 March 2014, page 34. https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/
The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Monday 20 January at Kendal Friends Meeting House [Quakers].