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.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.