Leilani-Kali Rivers


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Leilani-Kali Rivers has been involved with Shantideva since 2013. As she explains it, “When I first walked through the doors I knew that I had found a new home.” Leilani first encountered the Dharma in 2004 while staying at Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju, South Korea during a Fulbright Fellowship that took her throughout South Korea. While at Bulguksa she experienced a profound level of peace, generosity, and spiritual belonging like never before. Leilani is an Estate Planning attorney and has been a Dharma practitioner since 2008. She holds a BA in Political Science from Union College and a JD from St. John’s University – School of Law. She also has a background in fundraising and development and is a member of the Convent of the Sacred Heart’s Development Committee and Alumnae Board. Most recently Leilani assisted on Sacred Heart’s Capital Campaign, which raised over $75 million over a span of two years.