The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World


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.

Title:The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:354 pages

    The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World Reviews

  • Diane
    Dec 21, 2016

    I simply loved this book. The Book of Joy is a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu about finding joy and happiness in the face of suffering and grief. The two old friends m...

  • Antigone
    Nov 02, 2016

    Oh, they are rascals! Impish spirits, the both of them, who giggle and joust and tease their way through this late-in-life meeting; evincing in almost every moment the very joy they've gathered to dis...

  • Michelle
    Sep 25, 2016

    The Book of Joy started out in an ordinary enough manner. It was well-written, interesting, at times humorous, and full of truth. But then . . . right book, right time, it guided me to closure on some...

  • Joy Matteson
    Nov 21, 2016

    The Book of Joy is an uplifting account of a conversation between two of the most honored contemporary spiritual leaders living today. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama met toget...

  • Barbara
    Nov 08, 2016

    This was a very inspiring book, relating a week-long meeting of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. They spent the time talking about joy, their backgrounds and experiences, and their hopes for the fu...

  • Ita
    Jan 20, 2017

    I was reading this book at the hairdressers and when I was paying, one of the hairdressers came to me to tell me she enjoyed watching me read as she saw me chuckling while reading it. Then I showed he...

  • Ken
    Dec 25, 2016

    Douglas Abrams spends a couple of weeks with Desmond Tutu while the archbishop visits the Dalai Lama in India. Apparently he brought a filming crew as well, so The Film of Joy may be in the wings. It ...

  • Breakaway Reviewers
    Oct 07, 2016

    The title says it all - this is THE book of joy and peace!In 2015, Archbishop Desmond Tutu travelled to Dharamsala in India to meet with his friend and fellow Nobel Prize winner, His Holiness the Dala...

  • Cori
    Jan 02, 2017

    This book will be on my book shelf forever! I have begun the Daily Joy Experiment and I hope to reread this book with my Ladies' Bible Study Group....

  • Justin
    Nov 14, 2016

    Here we are following the election and I have been busy sitting with people as they share their worries and sitting with people as they share their joy. Election season is always an interesting time f...