Updated 21 November 2021
BGKT Open Meeting Timetable
BGKT holds an open meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month (except December) from 2.00-4.30.
OPEN MEETING TIMETABLE
2.00-2.20 – Five minutes silence
Undertaking the Five Precepts
Meditation on Loving-kindness Metta bhavana
2.20-2.30 – Introductory Dhamma Talk on Buddhist Teachings
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
(1) Mindfulness of the Body
2.30-3.00 – Mindful Contemplation of the In-breath and Out-breath (Anapana Sati)
3.00-3.20 – Walking Meditation
3.20-3.30 – TEN MINUTE BREAK
3.30-3.50 – Dhamma Talk on Buddhist Teachings
3.50-4.10 The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
(2) Mindfulness of Feelings
(3) Mindfulness of the Mind
(4) Mindfulness of Mental Objects
4.10-4.20 – Dhamma Talk on Buddhist Teachings
4.20-4.25 – Meditation on Loving-kindness Metta bhavana
4.25-4.30 – Meeting Leader chants Blessings in Pali
Everyone says in English May all beings be well and happy
4.30-5.00 – Tea and biscuits (in the kitchen) CANCELLED DURING COVID-19
The Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) (BGKT) is fortunate to have as its founder Spiritual Advisors Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru Aggamaha Pandita DLitt DLitt (1896-1998) and Venerable Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera (1927-).
Teachings in Open Meetings are based on Mindfulness in Plain English, Loving-Kindness in Plain English, Start Here, Start Now: A Short Guide to Mindfulness Meditation and The In Plain English series by Venerable Henepola Gunaratana (one of the founder Spiritual advisors to BGKT) published by Wisdom Books.
Introducing Buddhism by 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)