Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester

Updated 3rd April 2020

Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester

http://www.ketumati.org/

“A Brief History of the Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravāda)” by Upāsaka Dhammika (Duncan Fisher), Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Newsletter, Volume 1 (2006) page 2.
http://www.ketumati.org/assets/newsletters/News%20Latter%202006.pdf

Events at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara

BGKT and Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravavda) attend celebrations and talks at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara. Ketumati Buddhist Vihara. Ketumati acquired a beautiful new Monastery in 2015 which has offered us opportunities to develop our Buddhist practice.

BGKT attend the monthly meditation retreats at Ketumati on the 1st Saturday of the month. Jacquetta Gomes taught metta [loving kindness] meditation.

https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/17836533.secretary-buddhist-group-kendal-theravada-jacquetta-gomes-marks-25-years-since-taking-bodhicari-precepts/

Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester Vesak Celebrations 2006

At the 2006 Vesak celebrations at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, the Abbot, Venerable Piyatissa presented Sangha Authorized Dhamma Teacher badges to four lay teachers. Cream sashes were presented to Upasakas Sumedha, Mahinda and Punna who undertook the Ajivatthamaka Sila for Life with the Abbot himself as Preceptor, and to Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili. These sashes are to be worn when they administer the Panca Sila (Five Precepts) should a Bhikkhu (Monk) or Ayya (Nun) not be available. (In June 2007 Upasika Panna received the Eight Lifetime Precepts (an expansion of the Ajivatthamaka Sila) from Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera at Gaia House Devon, and a cream sash from Venerable Piyatissa.)

The 2006 Vesak celebrations included distribution of 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, by Ketumati Buddhist Vihara and BGKT was also distributed at the Vesak celebrations. This was subsequently published for world-wide distribution, by the Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation, Taiwan, as part of the 2007 edition of Introducing Buddhism. It is available on this website.

http://buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/introducing-buddhism-by-venerable-dr-balangoda-ananda-maitreya-mahanayaka-thera-abhidhaja-maharatthaguru-aggamaha-pandita-dlitt-dlitt-1896-1998-and-jacquetta-gomes-bodhicarini-upasika-jayasili/

http://buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/requirements-and-ceremonies-for-the-five-precepts-panca-sila-the-eight-precepts-with-right-livelihood-as-the-eighth-ajivatthamaka-sila-dhamma-teachers-certificate/

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa at Meetings in Kendal

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa the Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester has taught BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) since October 1999.

2019 20th Anniversary Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Teaching BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Keswick Buddhist Group

 Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (born in Sri Lanka) Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, celebrated 20 years of teaching BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Keswick Buddhist Group.

He led a retreat for the 2 groups on Sunday 29th September at Kendal Fire Station. It is believed he is only the 3rd Buddhist Fire Chaplain in the world. (As far as we are aware, he led the first retreat led by a Buddhist Monk to take place in an operational Fire Station in the UK, at Kendal Fire Station in September 2011.)

The Mayor of Kendal Councillor Alvin Finch invited him and the 2 groups to the Mayors Parlour in Kendal Town Hall on Monday 30th September. The Mayor offered the Monk a dana lunch on behalf of the people of Kendal. Another guest of the Mayor was The Mayor of Dalton Councillor Nick Perie.

Venerable Piyatissa presented the Mayor with a copy of his book An Exposition of Buddhism.

 The Mayor presented Venerable Piyatissa with a copy of Religion, Belief and Culture in our Community; Cumbrian Supplement (2nd edition)
https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/Content/Internet/535/612/43503101029.pdf

https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/18000076.buddhist-monk-celebrates-milestone-mayors-parlour-kendal-town-hall/

Ketumati Other Resident and Visiting Bhikkhus [Monks] at Kendal

Other Monks living at and staying at Ketumati have also taught BGKT and Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada). Highlights included:

2019 24 October
Ven Mahalova Ariyadhamma (who lives in a forest in Sri Lanka) and Ven Santindriya led a meditation and Buddhist Teaching meeting for Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) in Kendal on 24th October 2019.
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/18030995.buddhist-monks-make-long-journey-sri-lanka-lake-district/

2019 25 September
Ven Mahalova Ariyadhamma (who lives in a forest in Sri Lanka) led a meditation and Buddhist Teaching meeting for Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) on 25th September 2019 in Kendal. Forest Monks are very highly venerated in Sri Lanka as they lead lives of renunciation, meditation, simplicity and purity.
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/17942389.buddhist-group-kendal-welcomes-forest-monk-sri-lanka/

2019 14 June
On Friday 14th June, well respected senior Buddhist Monk from Sri Lanka Venerable Siyabalapitiye Buddharakkhita Thero from Sri Buddharakkhita Bhikkhu Puhunu Dharmayathanaya [Monastery] in Anuradhapura Sri Lanka, and Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa, met attendees of BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal Theravada and Keswick Buddhist Group (Theravada) in Kendal. They were assisted by Venerable Kekundeniye Shanta from Sri Lanka.
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/17711007.senior-buddhist-monks-visit-kendal-from-sri-lanka-and-manchester/

2018 28 January
Venerable Mahalova Ariyadhamma (who lives in a forest in Sri Lanka) led a meditation retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) at Fellside Centre in Kendal on 28th January 2018. Forest Monks are very highly venerated in Sri Lanka as they lead lives of renunciation, meditation, simplicity and purity.
As well as teaching meditation and the Dhamma, he is keen to learn about the UK and visited Ruskin’s View in Kirkby Lonsdale on 27th January 2018.

2019 25 March
On Monday 25th March 2019 Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa, the Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara [Monastery] in Manchester, led a meditation retreat in Kendal. He was assisted by Venerable Dhammananda.

2019 21 March
On Thursday 21st March 2019 well respected senior Buddhist Monk from Sri Lanka Venerable Siyabalapitiye Buddharakkhita Thero from Sri Buddharakkhita Bhikkhu Puhunu Dharmayathanaya [Monastery] in Anuradhapura Sri Lanka gave a talk to BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal Theravada and Keswick Buddhist Group. He was assisted by Venerable Galpottayaye Pemananda and Venerable Dhammananda.

2017 22 September
Venerable Mahalova Ariyadhamma (who lives in a forest in Sri Lanka) led a retreat for BGKT in Kendal on 22 September 2017. Forest Monks are very highly venerated in Sri Lanka as they lead lives of renunciation, meditation, simplicity and purity.
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15563344.monk-leads-retreat-for-buddhist-group-of-kendal/

2017 27 August
Venerable Mahalova Ariyadhamma (who lives in a forest in Sri Lanka) led the BGKT meeting in Kendal on 27 August 2017. Forest Monks are very highly venerated in Sri Lanka as they lead lives of renunciation, meditation, simplicity and purity.

https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15518127.buddhist-monk-visits-lake-district-cave-and-kendals-peace-garden/

2017 30 July
Ven Piyatissa and Venerable Mahalova Ariyadhamma (who lives in a forest in Sri Lanka) BGKT led a retreat for BGKT in Kendal on 30th July 2017.
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15458563.cave-dwelling-monk-leads-retreat-for-kendal-buddhists/

2016 25 September
BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding in September 1991 at a retreat on 25th September at Fellside Centre Kendal led by Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa and Venerable Udunuwara Indarathana.
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14777662.kendal-buddhists-celebrate-25-years-of-faith/

2015 22 February
led a meditation and Buddhist Teaching meeting for BGKT at Fellside Centre and Ven Mahalova Ariyadhamma (who lives in a forest in Sri Lanka) led a led a meditation and Buddhist Teaching meeting for BGKT at Fellside Centre on 22 February 2015.
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/11828675.cave-dwelling-monk-visits-kendal-buddhists/

2000
Venerable Medagama Vajiragnana Mahanayaka Thera, Aggamaha Saddhammajothika Dhaja, Vishvakeerthi Sri Sasana Sobhana Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain and Head of the London Buddhist Vihara OBE (1928-2006), and Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera, led a meditation and Buddhist Teaching meeting for BGKT at Fellside Centre on 30th July 2000. This included a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Jacquetta Gomes becoming Upasika Jayasili, with Venerable Narada Maha Thera as the Preceptor in Sri Lanka, on 30th July 1975.

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