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September 29, 2017
BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)
Meditation Retreat and Anniversaries September 2017
http://buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/

BGKT held a meditation retreat on 24th September 2017 led by Venerable Mahalova Ariyadhamma who lives in a cave in a jungle in Sri Lanka.

The retreat also celebrated the 20th and 15th anniversaries of taking Buddhist Precepts [rules of training] by members of the Group. The Five Precepts (Panca Sila) are the minimum ethical requirements for lay practitioners in Theravada Buddhism. The Buddha explained that morality is the foundation of his Teaching.

The Preceptor who gave the Five Precepts and Buddhist names, to two members of BGKT on 27th September 1997 at Fellside Centre Kendal, was Venerable Witharandeniye Kassapa Maha Thera Head of The Birmingham Buddhist Maha Vihara. Rev Griffith Jones (Kendal Unitarian Chapel Minister) and his wife Mrs Sally Jones attended. Venerable Kassapa continued to teach BGKT until October 1999. In October 1999 Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara [Monastery] Manchester took over teaching BGKT. He was the Preceptor when another member of BGKT took another set of Precepts, the Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth (Ajivatthamaka Sila) for Life in Kendal on 29th September 2002.

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). This is available on google books and is included as an Appendix to Introducing Buddhism.

http://ftp.budaedu.org/ebooks/pdf/EN074.pdf
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