Meet the Sangha – LaDawn Haglund

Welcome to our new Meet the Sangha column! Years ago, before the rollout of the redesigned website, we had a page where several sangha members introduced themselves. I hope to recreate this here on the blog, and I am in the process of collecting introductions from various people at the Phoenix Center. Watch for more in the coming months. – Michelle Welch, blog editor


LaDawn Haglund

I have been Buddhist for nearly 30 years, but it wasn’t until I found Shambhala ten years ago that I realized how supportive meditation practice can be. The challenges and aspirations of my life are much like other people’s – wanting healthy relationships, trying to help people in need, and hoping to contribute something of value to the world. But I’ve spent a lot of time in my head trying to figure things out, which hasn’t always helped me find the heart of things. As I learned to quiet my mind through meditation and give myself space rather than constantly taking action, I found in my heart more stability and sanity than I thought was possible.

I believe we are all wise, deep down inside. Our path allows us to tap into the inherent wisdom of body, heart, and mind. As the co-director of Societal Health and Wellbeing at the Phoenix Shambhala Center, it is my wish to help cultivate a nurturing environment where individual practitioners can discover this innate sanity, as well as find strength through community. We have a great gift in these teachings, and an even greater gift in being able to walk the path of awakenment together.

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