Updated 23 November 2022


BGKT holds an annual public Vesak Celebration in Kendal.

All welcome. Free.

Vesak commemorates the Birth, Enlightenment and Final Passing Away of The Buddha.

The Puja will consist of a short ceremony, followed by the traditional offering of food.

Donations of flowers, white candles and incense welcome.

Donations of vegetarian food and non-alcoholic drinks welcome.

2023 Friday 5 May 18.55pm for 19.00pm

Venue: TBC

See the pages on this website

Vesak Lantern

BGKT has a beautiful Vesak lantern made by one of the members.

Vesak Timetable for Home Celebration

Please feel welcome to celebrate at home. All welcome to participate. Free.


Bhavana Vandana: Bhavana Devotions, compiled by Dr Henepola Gunaratana Nayaka Thera, Bhavana Society High View, West Virginia USA, (Second edition) 2001

The Buddha and His Message: Past Present Future: United Nations Vesak Day Lecture by Ven Bhikkhu Bodhi, BPS, Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka, Second edition 2010 (BP 108S) (ISBN 978-955-24-0346-0)

Buddhist Studies: Life of the Buddha, Buddhanet

Buddhist Suttas for Recitation, Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Wisdom Publications, 2019. ISBN 9781614294894

Daily Buddhist Devotions, byVen K Sri Dhammananda, BMS Buddhist Missionary Society, Malaysia,(Second edition) 1991. ISBN 967-9920-54-2 ISBN 967-9920-61-5

Significance of the Full Moons in Buddhism, by Alec Robertson, BCC Buddhist Cultural Centre, Sri Lanka, (3rd edition) 1998. ISBN 955-8129-04-6

Wheel 54 The Mirror of the Dhamma: A Manual of Buddhist Chanting and Devotional Texts, by Nārada Thera and Bhikkhu Kassapa

Wheel 178 Significance of Vesak, by K.N. Jayatilleke

Wheel 206-207 Lay Buddhist Practice: The Shrine Room, Uposatha Day, and Rains Residence, by Bhikkhu Khantipālo

Wheel 402-404 Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka by A. G. S. Kariyawasam