Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham and Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Secretary BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) will lead a session at the Convention about their work in Kendal.
Retreat at Kendal Fire Station Community Room led by Venerable Pidiville
Piyatissa for BGKT.Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) at Kendal Fire Station community room in 2011. As far as we are aware, this the first retreat led by a Buddhist Monk to take place in a Fire Station in the UK . BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are developing a pilot project at Kendal Fire Station with Cumbria Fire and Rescue. This is led by Steve Healey, Will Richardson and Gloria Warwick from the Fire Service and Jacquetta Gomes from BGKT.
Chief Constable Stuart Hyde is working with local Buddhists and interfaith forums. He hopes that the Police will develop closer links with all faiths and religious organisations present in Cumbria . There is an urgent need for Buddhist Chaplaincy provision for major emergencies. Keith Munnings from Kalyana Mitra Buddhist Chaplains is offering his experience in Buddhist and multifaith Chaplaincy to CC Hyde.