She quit her job, rented out her house and hit the road, searching without knowing what she was looking for. Her quest led her to Oregon, where she was sent to meet a Tibetan meditation master, H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. "When I met my teacher, I felt that he taught the very hands-on practical tools for just how to do what I was looking for," she says. "I was so impressed that I said to him, 'There are so many people like myself, people who are working with battered women, or working for peace in their communities or in the world, or trying to make the world a better place, who are frustrated by their own limitations, just like I've been, but who wouldn't necessarily go to a Buddhist teaching. Either they aren't religious and don't want to be or they are practicing in a different religion and don't want to come, but these tools would be so helpful to them.' And so he said, 'OK, we'll just offer them in a nondenominational framework,' and that's how the Bodhisattva Peace Training was born."
Leghorn studied under Chagdud Rinpoche for several years, becoming his interpreter (his strong Tibetan accent is difficult for Westerners to understand) and traveling with him when he taught. In 1996 he conducted an ordination ceremony, and Leghorn became Lama Shenpen Drolma, Buddhist priest and teacher.
Lama Shenpen Drolma, who will be presenting a lecture and teaching this weekend in Lafayette, explains that someone following the Buddhist path makes a commitment to bring about the end of suffering and establish a state of unending happiness for every living being. In order to give rise to that level of love and compassion, she teaches how to develop those positive qualities of mind, how to practice them in our daily lives, deepen them and ultimately actualize them. "Everywhere there is conflict," she says, "participants can reduce their own part in the conflict and become more able to help create harmony and peace."
Lama Shenpen Drolma will be teaching Bodhisattva Peace Training in Lafayette Dec 1-3. A lecture, "The Importance of Pure Motivation in Benefiting Others," from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 1, at the Clifton Chenier Center is required to participate in the weekend teachings at the Katog Choling Dharma Center. For more info, call 288-5492.
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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