The Kendal (Theravada) BGKT Buddhist group celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding in September 1991.
The School of Theravada Buddhism, which is the oldest school of Buddhism, is practiced in the five Theravada Buddhist countries of South and Southeast Asia.
Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Aggamaha Pandita Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru DLitt DLitt (1896-1998) and Venerable Henepola Gunaratana Maha Thera have agreed to become the founding Spiritual Advisors of BGKT.
âWe celebrated the 125th anniversary of the birth of Venerable Ananda Maitreya in August 2021.
“Presentation of Buddhism by Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru Aggamaha Pandita DLitt DLitt (1896 -1998) and BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes has been published in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.
âWe are fortunate that many other senior monks have visited BGKT in Kendal. Venerable Medagama Vajiragnana Mahanayaka Thera OBE (UK’s oldest Sri Lankan monk) visited in 2000 with Venerable Piyatissa.
“A young cave monk from Sri Lanka has become well known in Kendal.”
âBGKT is very grateful for the opportunities our first 30 years have given us, and for all the valuable support and encouragement we have received.
âWe would love to meet new people interested in Buddhism and our work. We have a monthly public meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month (except December) at Castle Street Center Kendal.
Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera added: âI am very happy to know that the Kendal (Theravada) Buddhist group BGKT is celebrating the 30th anniversary and I very much appreciate the way it provides facilities and opportunities for people living in Cumbria. to learn and practice Buddhism.
“BGKT has a very close relationship with Ketumati Buddhist Vihara in Manchester and I am very happy to mention that I have been teaching Buddhism and leading meditation sessions for the group for over 20 years.”
The Mayor of Kendal, Douglas Rathbone, who has visited the center on numerous occasions, said: âIt is fortunate that this is the 30th anniversary of the Kendal Buddhist group and that they have contributed to the life of the city for so long. .
âTheir long-standing presence in the city, their use of the Castle Street and Unitarian Church facilities, and close ties to the interfaith movement have made us stronger as a community.
âThey showed Kendal’s openness, coming together for meditation and mindfulness on Sunday afternoons and working towards a greater awareness of diversity, unbeknownst to most people.
âBGKT, working with other faith groups, has added weight to various local equality, diversity and anti-racism groups.
âAt a time when we all want to, work for, bring ‘Kendal together’ as we come out of COVID, their spirituality and mindfulness benefits our town and south of Lakeland all the more.
“It was a pleasure to be invited to their Theravada Vesak celebrations and interfaith meetings and to see how they add to Kendal’s rich mix of communities – may this continue.”