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The Dalai Lama: 3 Steps to True Change

The Dalai Lama:  3 Steps to True Change

How can we make and sustain true change for the better in our lives? There are three steps to understanding any subject well enough to manifest true change, according to the Dalai Lama. Here they are–the three levels, stages, or steps to true change, from the Dalai Lama’s book An Open Heart:

1. Understanding through listening (to subject matter taught by experienced teachers).

2. Understanding derived through contemplation (processing the teaching to the point of profound conviction).

3. Understanding derived through meditation (the mind becomes completely absorbed by the subject matter).

Note that The Dalai Lama believes it is important to implement these three levels, or stages of practice in a consecutive manner.

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8:46AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013


2:27AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thank you :)

10:00PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

thank you...what I hear is that when we listen we cease our own chatter and become present...... and contemplation always seems to expand the sense of space around us.... and meditating can be so relaxing and enlivening.......

3:24PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Thanks for sharing. I feel that including me, people always want their own way. Listening is important to reaching a consensus

1:37AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

We are each one exactly where we should be. We are in the process of change.

Some of us believe in a higher power. Some of us don't. In this world formed on the basis of opposites: good-bad, hot-cold, heaven-hell all opposites must exist until they find balance embracing one another.

The believer and the skeptic are opposite poles,. Both must exist in this lower world.

I am grateful I do not have to play the role of skeptic or atheist. I would be angry, bitter, accusing, know the stage lines.

I am grateful I do not have to play the role of the would be evangelist. I would be scared, stubborn, accusing, know the stage lines.

5:31PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

thank you for sharing

9:01PM PST on Jan 3, 2012


3:06AM PST on Jan 1, 2012

So easy to read but that is a lot of wisdom packed into three sentences. I am going to have to think and meditate on it now.

1:39PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

Silence and reflection can truly heal the world. The world is consumed by too much of everything,

6:16AM PST on Dec 24, 2011

be the change you wish to see in the world!

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