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 Lamaís 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.

From The Wisdom Keeper Series at Care2.


Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

devon leonard
Devon Leonard5 years ago

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.......

Eric Luu
Eric Luu5 years ago

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

Zee K.
Past Member 5 years ago

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.

LM Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

thank you for sharing

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Past Member 6 years ago


Chad A.
Chad A6 years ago

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.

Siobhan James
Siobhan James6 years ago

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

Diana G.
Diana G6 years ago

be the change you wish to see in the world!