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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

by Dalai Lama XIV, Douglas Abrams, Desmond Tutu

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  BooksForDinner | Sep 1, 2017 |
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Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships -- or, as they would say, because of them -- they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the fact of life's inevitable suffering? They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. We get to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy -- from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.
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  St-Johns-Episcopal | Jun 20, 2017 |
The Dalai Lama's 80th birthday, celebrated at Dharamsala with his distinguished guest and friend Desmond Tutu, is the setting for this discussion about joy; what it is, what it isn't, and how to create more of it. This isn't a book about Buddhism or Christianity. Instead, it's a lively discourse between two spiritual leaders and friends, one a Buddhist and one a Christian. The greater part of the book is Doug Abrams' transcription of the two sharing their views on joy, followed by a section that details the Eight Pillars of Joy, and then several guided meditations. Overall, it is very readable and full of wisdom to reflect on and embrace. ( )
  wandaly | Feb 28, 2017 |
A collaboration between the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, this non-fiction book focuses on finding the joy in life.

These two Nobel Peace Prize recipients discuss ways to cultivate well-being and happiness in terms that people of all faiths (and none) can appreciate.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Nov 13, 2016 |
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Two great spiritual masters share their own hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity.
The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together in Dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject was joy. Both winners of the Nobel Prize, both great spiritual masters and moral leaders of our time, they are also known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet.

From the beginning the book was envisioned as a three-layer birthday cake: their own stories and teachings about joy, the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness, and the daily practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives. Both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu have been tested by great personal and national adversity, and here they share their personal stories of struggle and renewal. Now that they are both in their eighties, they especially want to spread the core message that to have joy yourself, you must bring joy to others.

Most of all, during that landmark week in Dharamsala, they demonstrated by their own exuberance, compassion, and humor how joy can be transformed from a fleeting emotion into an enduring way of life.

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