BGKT Open Meeting Timetable

Updated 16 January 2022

BGKT Open Meeting Timetable

All welcome to participate from home. Free

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) Open Meeting

Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) (BGKT) was established in 1991. 30th anniversary 2021.

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 – side entrance behind bicycle rack.

2022 Meeting Dates: 16 January, 20 February, 20 March, 17 April, 15 May, 19 June, 17 July, 21 August, 18 September, 16 October, 20 November.


2.00-2.05 – Five minutes silence

2.05-2.15 – Introductory Talk on BGKT, Refuges and Precepts, Buddhism

2.15-2.20 – Undertaking The Refuges and The Five Precepts

2.20-2.30 – Meditation on Loving-kindness (Metta bhavana)

2.30-2.55 – Samatha Concentration Meditation (Mindfulness of Breathing)

2.55-3.15 – Dhamma Talk on Buddhist Teachings

3.15-3.30 – Walking Meditation

3.30-3.40 – TEN MINUTE BREAK

3.40-3.50 – Dhamma Talk on Buddhist Teachings

3.50-4.10 – Vipassana Insight Meditation

4.10-4.15 – Meditation on Loving-kindness (Metta bhavana)

4.15-4.20 Meeting Leader chants Blessings in Pali language

                   Everyone says in English May all beings be well and happy

4.20-4.30 – Questions and Answers

Meditation techniques explained in the meeting are based on those in BGKT’s Founder Spiritual Advisor Buddhist Monk Venerable Bhante Henepola Gunaratana’s books Mindfulness in Plain English, and Loving-Kindness in Plain English, from his In Plain English series published by Wisdom Books

Meditation teachings given in the meeting are based on the Discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness [Satipatthana Sutta] given by The Buddha


The Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) (BGKT) is fortunate to have as its Founder Spiritual Advisors Buddhist Monks Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru Aggamaha Pandita DLitt DLitt (1896-1998) and Venerable Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera (1927-).

Mindfulness in Plain English, Loving-Kindness in Plain English and The In Plain English series by Buddhist Monk Venerable Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera published by Wisdom Books

Introducing Buddhism by Buddhist Monk Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera and Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili. Introducing Buddhism was originally published by The Buddhist Society London in 1988, to accompany the Buddhist Society’s Introducing Buddhism Course, on which Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) was one of the teachers. Introducing Buddhism has subsequently been published by various organisations in several countries.

Introducing Buddhism was reprinted by The Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan in 2007. (Book code EN074-8401) (This edition includes as an appendix the booklet: Requirements and Ceremonies for The Five Precepts (Panca Sila), The Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth (Ajivatthamaka Sila), Dhamma Teachers Certificate, issued by the Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Ketumati Buddhist Vihara at Wesak 2006)