BGKT 2021 News

Updated 3 September 2021

BGKT 2021 News

July 2021

Sakyadhita UK Newsletter

2021 30 July “On 24 August 2021 we celebrate the 125th birth anniversary in Sri Lanka of Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Aggamaha Pandita Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru DLitt DLitt”, Sakyadhita [International Association of Buddhist Women] UK Newsletter, Summer News (30 July 2021).

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July 2021

Global Thought Festival Closing Ceremony 31 July 2021 Kendal

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BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) ran a stall and spoke during the Open Mike session of the Closing ceremony of the Global Thought Festival on 31st July 2021.

BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes spoke about the 125th birth anniversary in August of Venerable Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Aggamaha Pandita Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru DLitt DLitt (23rd August 1896 -18th July 1998). The Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) (BGKT) is fortunate to have as its founder Spiritual Advisors Venerable Balangoda Ananda Maitreya and Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera.

Venerable Ananda Maitreya and BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes are joint authors of Introducing Buddhism. This booklet has been published by Buddhist organisations in England, Malaysia (as Buddhism A Quick Introduction), Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and the USA.

July 2021

Cumbria Global Thought Festival July 2021

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Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester) who has taught BGKT since 1999, and Jacquetta Gomes BGKT Secretary led an earlier session for the Global Thought Festival Sunday School Session: Buddhism  on Sunday 4 July.

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June 2021

CUF Cumbria Unity Festival Saturday 19 June 2021. Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester) led a session of mindfulness and meditation on behalf of BGKT for CUF Cumbria Unity Festival.

CUF Cumbria Unity Festival Legacy programme (Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa’s session is under Kendal on page 6)

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http://www.cumbriaunity.org/cumbria-unity-festival-2021

http://www.cumbriaunity.org/festival-day-2021

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June 2021

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BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes (who is a Fire Chaplain) was a panellist at Faith action’s Coffee House on Chaplaincy on 16 June 2021.

2021 11 June “Join us next Weds at 11am for our Coffee House! Find out more about the role of chaplains in Covid-19 and the recovery from the pandemic. Panellists: Imam, NHS mental health chaplain & Jacquetta Gomes, Buddhist Fire chaplain.”

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June 2021

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2021 6 June “Women in British Buddhism: Commitment, Connection, Community, was published by Routledge (in the Critical Studies in Buddhism series) in 2020, by Dr Caroline Starkey Associate Professor of Religion and Society at the University of Leeds”, Sakyadhita [International Association of Buddhist Women] UK Newsletter, (June 2021). (BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes is mentioned in this article as a Fire Chaplain).

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2021 11 June “Women in British Buddhism: Commitment, Connection, Community, was published by Routledge (in the Critical Studies in Buddhism series) in 2020, by Dr Caroline Starkey Associate Professor of Religion and Society at the University of Leeds”, Sakyadhita [International Association of Buddhist Women] UK Newsletter, (11 June 2021). (BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes is mentioned in this article as a Fire Chaplain).

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May 2021

BGKT’s Vesak Celebration took place at Kendal Unitarian Chapel Hall (under Covid-19 restrictions) on May 26 2021. The Mayor of Kendal Councillor Douglas Rathbone attended.

Kendal Town Council Website

https://www.kendaltowncouncil.gov.uk/events/2021-05/

KTC Kendal Town Council Facebook

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May 2021

2021 7 May “The new AFSA Asian Fire Service Association toolkit on religion and belief is now on the AFSA website: Jacquetta Gomes, acknowledged as the first female Buddhist Fire Chaplain in the world”, Chaplaincy Everywhere Chaplaincy + Social Justice Newsletter.

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April 2021

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2021 21 April Newsletter “Photographs shared from an Upasika (female lay Buddhist) member of BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)”, Sakyadhita [International Association of Buddhist Women] UK Newsletter, Spring News (17 April 2021).

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2021 17 April Photographs shared from an Upasika (female lay Buddhist) member of BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)”, Sakyadhita [International Association of Buddhist Women] UK Newsletter, Spring News (17 April 2021).

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March 2021

“Durham University “International Women’s Day” 2021 page on Durham University website. “Pioneering female chaplains from Durham University” includes Jacquetta Gomes BGKT Secretary, Fire Chaplain and Durham University Alumna.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/equality.diversity/events/iwd/

March 2021

“Class Notes: Jacquetta Gomes”, Durham Newswire (March 2021) includes Jacquetta Gomes BGKT Secretary, Fire Chaplain and Durham University Alumna.

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February 2021

The High Sheriff of Cumbria led a meeting on 26 February 2021, with Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara (Manchester). The meeting was also attended by Venerable Galpottayaye Pemananda from Ketumati Buddhist Vihara, and BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes.

The High Sheriff of Cumbria Facebook Page

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The High Sheriff of Cumbria Website

“Meeting with the Buddhist Community in Cumbria 26 February 2021”

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February 2021

WIHW World Interfaith Harmony Week 2021

Event: https://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com/pec-events/world-interfaith-harmony-week-interfaith-sessions/1612162800/

Event: https://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com/pec-events/session-at-home-of-meditation-prayer-and-study/

Report:  https://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com/view-reports/?report=55771

February

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2021 6 February Newsletter “Meet the Development Team: Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili)”, Sakyadhita [International Association of Buddhist Women] UK Newsletter, (First Issue) (6 February 2021).

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2021 6 February “Meet the Development Team: Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili)”, Sakyadhita [International Association of Buddhist Women] UK Newsletter, (First Issue) (6 February 2021).

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