BGKT 2017 News

Updated 4 July 2020

BGKT 2017 NEWS

December 2017

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana one of the founder Spiritual Advisors of BGKT turned 90.
https://www.buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/spiritual-advisors-venerable-dr-balangoda-ananda-maitreya-and-venerable-henepola-gunaratana/

“Kendal Buddhist group’s spiritual advisor to turn 90” https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15676785.kendal-buddhist-groups-spiritual-advisor-to-turn-90/

November 2017

INTERFAITH WEEK 12 – 19 November 2017

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 IFN Interfaith Network for the UK acknowledged Kendal as the smallest town to hold an 8 day weeklong programme of events in Interfaith Week 2017. This was prestigious for Kendal. Kendal was included in the Inter Faith Week: Stories from 2017, Inspiration for 2018, on pages 6,7,16 and 24.
https://www.interfaithweek.org/uploads/Inter_Faith_Week_2017_report21.pdf

Kendal was included in the IFN Interfaith Network for the UK’s Press Release
https://www.interfaith.org.uk/news/press-release-inter-faith-week-2017-an-inspiring-success

IFN Inter Faith Network for the UK posted Kendal on the Inter Faith Week Facebook, and Twitter.
https://www.facebook.com/194238653936191/posts/1990437344316304
https://twitter.com/IFWeek/status/932981941825097729

Westmorland Gazette

“Friendship between faiths celebrated during week of Kendal events”
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15671960.friendship-between-faiths-celebrated-during-week-of-kendal-events/

November 2017

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on Saturday 4 November. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness). http://www.ketumati.org/

October 2017

BGKT attended the Kathina celebration at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati on Sunday 15 October. http://www.ketumati.org/

October 2017

BGKT attended MBC Manchester Buddhist Convention on Saturday 14 October 2017 at St Peter’s House Chaplaincy, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9GH

https://manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com/

“Kendal’s Jacquetta speaks at major Buddhist gathering”
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15628292.kendals-jacquetta-speaks-at-major-buddhist-gathering/

October 2017

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati on Saturday 4 October. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness). http://www.ketumati.org/

September 2017

Venerable Maholava Ariyadhamma (a cave dwelling monk from Sri Lanka) led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) on 24 September 2017. The retreat also celebrated the 20th and 15th anniversaries of taking Buddhist Precepts [rules of training] by members of the Group.

“Monk leads retreat for Buddhist Group of Kendal”
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15563344.monk-leads-retreat-for-buddhist-group-of-kendal/

September 2017

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) ran a stall at the Age UK event in Kendal on 15 September 2017.

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/southlakeland/

September 2017

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati on Saturday 2 September. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness). http://www.ketumati.org/

August 2017

Venerable Maholava Ariyadhamma (a cave dwelling monk from Sri Lanka) visited Kendal. On Saturday 26 August he visited Cathedral Cave. He went on a walking tour of Kendal on Sunday 27 August which included a visit to the Peace Garden. He led BGKT’s meeting on 27 August at Fellside Centre Kendal.

“Buddhist monk visits Lake District cave and Kendal’s Peace Garden”
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15518127.buddhist-monk-visits-lake-district-cave-and-kendals-peace-garden/

August 2017

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati on Saturday 5 August. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness). http://www.ketumati.org/

July 2017

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester) led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) on 30th July 2017. He was assisted by Venerable Maholava Ariyadhamma (a cave dwelling monk from Sri Lanka).

“Cave-dwelling monk leads retreat for Kendal Buddhists” https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15458563.cave-dwelling-monk-leads-retreat-for-kendal-buddhists/

July 2017

Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes chanted the Metta Sutta [The Discourse on Loving Kindness] in Pali and English, at the Merz Barn vigil on Wednesday 19 July.
http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15391263.A_vigil_for_arts_survival_to_take_place_at_the_Merz_Barn_in_Elterwater/

July 2017

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) assisted at the wedding of an attendee of the group who has attended since BGKT’s first meeting.

The wedding was held on 8th July at the Unitarian Chapel Kendal, led by an Interfaith Minister who is Kendal Unitarian Chapel Ministry Team Leader.

As far as BGKT is aware this is the first wedding in Kendal which included a Buddhist blessing and Buddhist chanting by a Buddhist Group. A Buddha statue was displayed in the Chapel which was decorated with Tibetan Prayer flags.

Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes gave a wedding blessing in Pali and English. Upasaka Sumedha gave the Panca Sila (Five Precepts). BGKT attendees who have taken the Ajivatthamaka Sila (Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth) for Life chanted chanted these Precepts. Upasaka Sumedha John Gerrard read The Mangala Sutta and BGKT chanted this in Pali. Titus Gomes led a Metta meditation (meditation on loving kindness). Upasaka Dhammika Duncan Fisher gave a reading by The Dalai Lama.

“Buddhist and Christian wed in Kendal first”
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15524347.buddhist-and-christian-wed-in-kendal-first/

July 2017

Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday led by The Worshipful the Town Mayor Councillor Andy Blackman on Sunday 2 July 2017, included an invitation from the Mayor to faith groups in Kendal. Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada). 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.

July 2017

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on Saturday 1 July. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness). http://www.ketumati.org/

June 2017

“Faith Viewpoint” written by a member of BGKT appeared in the Westmorland Gazette on 22 June.

2017 22 June “Faith Viewpoint” by John Gerrard (BGKT)

https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15369539.faith-viewpoint-developing-four-wholesome-states-of-mind/

June 2017

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) ran a stall at the Gateway eHub event at Kendal Town Hall on 22 June 2017. The Gateway eHub is an open resource for use by any organisation providing support and/or services to the people of South Lakeland.

https://www.facebook.com/GatewayGroupSL/

June 2017

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on Saturday 3rd June. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness). http://www.ketumati.org/

May 2017

The Kendal Town Council Annual General Meeting & Mayor Making Ceremony for Mayor Councillor Andy Blackman was held in Kendal Town Hall on 18 May 2017. Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili and Upasaka Sumedha represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada).

May 2017

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal Theravada attended Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester’s Wesak Celebration on 14 May 2017. http://www.ketumati.org/

May 2017

The Deputy Mayor of Kendal Councillor Andy Blackman attended BGKT’s Wesak celebrations, at Kendal URC United Reformed Church on May 10 2017.

2017 16 May “Duncan’s lantern lights up Buddhist Festival of Vesak in Kendal”

https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15288714.duncans-lantern-lights-up-buddhist-festival-of-vesak-in-kendal/

April 2017

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led by visiting Monk Venerable Kovida, on Saturday 8 April. http://www.ketumati.org/

March 2017

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on Saturday 4 March. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness). http://www.ketumati.org/

February 2017

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on Saturday 4 February. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness). http://www.ketumati.org/

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