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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

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 Dha

  • Title: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
  • Author: Dalai Lama XIV Desmond Tutu Douglas Carlton Abrams
  • ISBN: 9780399185045
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 thTwo 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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    1. Dalai Lama XIV Desmond Tutu Douglas Carlton Abrams says:
      Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso born Lhamo D ndrub , the 14th Dalai Lama, is a practicing member of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and is influential as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the world s most famous Buddhist monk, and the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India.Tenzin Gyatso was the fifth of sixteen children born to a farming family He was proclaimed the tulku an Enlightened lama who has consciously decided to take rebirth of the 13th Dalai Lama at the age of two.On 17 November 1950, at the age of 15, he was enthroned as Tibet s ruler Thus he became Tibet s most important political ruler just one month after the People s Republic of China s invasion of Tibet on 7 October 1950 In 1954, he went to Beijing to attempt peace talks with Mao Zedong and other leaders of the PRC These talks ultimately failed.After a failed uprising and the collapse of the Tibetan resistance movement in 1959, the Dalai Lama left for India, where he was active in establishing the Central Tibetan Administration the Tibetan Government in Exile and in seeking to preserve Tibetan culture and education among the thousands of refugees who accompanied him.Tenzin Gyatso is a charismatic figure and noted public speaker This Dalai Lama is the first to travel to the West There, he has helped to spread Buddhism and to promote the concepts of universal responsibility, secular ethics, and religious harmony.He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, honorary Canadian citizenship in 2006, and the United States Congressional Gold Medal on 17 October 2007.

    Comment 961 on “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

    1. Diane says:
      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 met in India for the Dalai Lama s 80th birthday, and they had long discussions over several days Writer Douglas Abrams helped facilitate the dialogue, asking questions and taking detailed notes The reader gets the benefit of both the wisdom of the spiritual leaders and an outside perspective on how the [...]

    2. Antigone says:
      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 discuss.The friendship of these illustrious men, who ve met a mere half dozen times and then only briefly, calls to mind that deep and instantaneous bond so frequently formed by children back when our hearts were filled with trust and our world with potential companions in adventure Clearly kindred spiri [...]

    3. Cheri says:
      Wherever you have friends that s your country, and wherever you receive love, that s your home Dalai Lama XIV, The Book of Joy Lasting Happiness in a Changing WorldWhen two people, both Nobel Peace Laureates, are as world renowned as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu it takes an event for them to travel In this case, the Dalai Lama s 80th birthday offered them a chance to gather together and discuss their lives, their beliefs and to enjoy each other s company in Dharamsala, [...]

    4. Michelle says:
      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 something I d been struggling with for a decade This is literally a life changing book for me.Even if you don t experience an epiphany like me, this book still has the potential to make your life better You can already be happy and take something from this You don t have to be Christian or Buddhist for it to b [...]

    5. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:
      Powerful, exquisite, full of love and friendship between Archbishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama I listened to this on audio incredible to hear the different voices narrators were actors, very good actors and quotes from these two enlightened friends I will refer back to with frequency the helpful practice chapters at the end on meditation thought changes This is the premier book of joy I ve read thus far Empowering and thought provoking with humor and love for self and others.

    6. Victoria says:
      Wherever you have friends that s your country, and wherever you receive love, that s your home Tibetan ProverbTwo Nobel Peace laureates meet for a week in Dharamsala, India and engage in a spiritual dialogue and these talks will become the basis for a book Sounds a bit lofty and just a smidge dull except that the two men at the heart of these discussions are his Holiness the Dalai Lama, he of the beatific smile, and the Honorable Archbishop Desmond Tutu, himself a bit mischievous The result of t [...]

    7. madamereadsalot says:
      4.5I have listened to this book on audible, but as I found so many important messages and useful practices in it, I wanted to have a physical copy as well to reread and mark my favourite passages in It s that kind of book 3 Especially regarding the current situation in the world, but also for years in everyday life, I found myself agreeing we are all in it together We are all human beings looking for happiness and trying to free ourselves from suffering So we should be kind to others and to our [...]

    8. Susan says:
      This audiobook is life changing I know that sounds like a dramatization but it s really not This audiobook covers a week long conversation between dear friends His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu What a wonderful conversation to listen in on These two men, from different religious backgrounds, come together and show the world that spirituality is universal and not defined by a specific religious context Their messages are simple and straightforward which makes it even shocki [...]

    9. Alli Lubin says:
      I am savoring this book The Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu are two of the great spiritual masters of our time, but they are also moral leaders who transcend their own traditions and speak always from a concern for humanity as a whole JOY is much bigger than happiness While happiness is often seen as being dependent on external circumstances, joy is not This book is the result of a week they spent together talking about the purpose of life the goal of avoiding suffering and discoverin [...]

    10. Elsa says:
      Five Stars because there are just 5.I said it before but I mention it again this was THE most beautiful book I have read the last years So touching, sometimes so funny, and so deeply true.It took me a while to finish it because every time I would read some pages I just wanted to stop and think about it or it would take me to think about situations that I lived.I have this urge now to talk about it to everyone I know and I care, kind of trying to make them read it and take it serious It would be [...]

    11. Kacey Kells says:
      Everyone well, almost agrees that we should do our best to make this world a safer and better world i.e a happier, kinder, compassionate world Sadly however, most people think it s a beautiful but unattainable dream In this book however, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated that it is in our Human Nature to seek happiness and joy hence, since we are social animals, the only way to be happy and joyful is to look at others, to be compassionate Indeed, if you focus on you [...]

    12. Mizanur Rahman says:
      Buddhism always fascinates me Not as a religion but as philosophy Perhaps, of all religions philosophical view collectively, Buddhism effectively reaches the core of human nature, and thus promote its fellow believer to nurture their soul This book is not about Buddhism or Christianity, though it features two topmost representatives of those religions views It talks about human nature, about joy, and obviously, it s worth reading.

    13. Ann L. says:
      Definitely a must read in cultivating a peaceful, joyful and compassionate life The world needs this book of wisdom, especially now with so much political division going on These two spiritual teachers, the Dalai Lama XIV and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have wonderful words of wisdom in how to deal with everyday struggles, especially in regards to our personal relationships and the world around us It doesn t matter what your religious beliefs are or where you are in the world, this book and the exer [...]

    14. Gerri Leen says:
      I expected to like this than I did There is an old writing rule of Show, don t tell and this book, with it s third person narrator describing everything and very much inserted into the thing, is pretty much all tell And there s a lot of repetition The overall message is good but frankly a bit light on content.

    15. George says:
      The Book of Joy Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams is a book about the important things in life The Dalai Lama a Buddhist , Tutu a Christian , and Abrams a Secular Jew spent a week together in dialogue discussing the principles and values they considered most important This book is the result of that week In their dialogue, they discussed principles and values such as compassion, generosity, forgiveness, acceptance, righteous anger, and cour [...]

    16. Bonnie says:
      Enjoyed multiple parts of this book, but spent time frustrated with the collaborator who just couldn t seem to get out of the way For a book that multiple times stressed that people who use the word, I, often die earlier, he certainly seemed to get a lot in If you skim for quotation marks so you can focus on the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop s discussion, as well as where you see some discussion of the psychology and neuro science, there s a good book in there.

    17. Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his) says:
      This review and others can be found on BW Book Review.Personally, when I think of religion, this is what I think of The fundamental good of it, all the ways that they draw people together and accept them no matter what The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are prime examples of that They really exemplify the love and compassion, all while showing immense happiness no matter what Even in the bad times, they show joy and acceptance, all while fighting for change However, the people who do bad [...]

    18. Ita says:
      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 her the title and said that it must be working already I like this quote Wherever you have friends that s your country, and wherever you receive love, that s your home And I like the concept of mudita which means the practice of rejoicing in others good fortune I got a lot out of this book and I liked [...]

    19. Calista says:
      I love the Dalai Lama and everything he has to say I feel so fortunate to have his words in todays age He has seen many horrors and tragedies in his long life and he has this wonderful perspective I admire him and I want to have his views on life I wish I could quote adequately from this book There were so many quotes form the book that rang true for me This book really made me think and exam my life It was a joy to read a savor Both of these men have lived amazing lives and they really are fill [...]

    20. Kathryn says:
      What an absolutely wonderful book It does not matter what your spiritual beliefs are you cannot help but glean something from reading this book These two men have the most touching and magnificent friendship They laugh and tease each other They enjoy each others thoughts and their ability to understand each other is what makes for such good reading The book is filled with quotes One of my favorites is Gratitude helps us catalog, celebrate and rejoice in each day and each moment before they slip [...]

    21. Brad McKenna says:
      What happens when you put The Dalai Lama and The Archbishop Tutu in a room together to talk about Joy Laughter, chuckles, chortles, and deep unbridled belly laughs Not to mention good natured ribbing that would make any pair of siblings proud According to these two spiritual giants, joy is than just plain happiness, it s a state of being They have suffered tremendously, the Dalai Lama being forced into exile and the Archbishop lived through Apartheid They think that because of, not in spite of, [...]

    22. Laila (BigReadingLife) says:
      I adored listening to this audiobook Not narrated by the Dalai Lama or Archbishop Tutu themselves, but skilled narrators with similar accents I never knew what a lovely friendship the two spiritual leaders had before this Often laughing and teasing one another, they truly show how to live in the world with grace, joy, and equanimity I d like to buy this book and refer to it again when I need a spiritual lift It made me feel calmer when I listened Highly recommended

    23. Anna says:
      A friend gave me The Book of Joy as a birthday present and told me she had found it life changing I can certainly see why it s an extraordinary and moving book, and one that I immediately want to recommend to others In a series of discussions, revolving around ways in which humanity can live joyfully, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu manage the feat of transcending religion to find an underlying spirituality The recommending friend is Christian and found the book s philosophy deeply ap [...]

    24. Breakaway Reviewers says:
      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 Dalai Lama Douglas Abrams accompanied Desmond Tutu so that he could write and record this momentous occasion These two men, two giants in the world of not only religion but also fighting for justice are kindred spirits and watching them together is in itself, an auspicious experience They are both in thei [...]

    25. Elias says:
      I was given this book by a dear friend, and glad that he shared this book with me This is not the typical book I read but I really enjoyed it Do not be scared by the authors, Dalai Lama XIV and Archbishop Tutu, both religious leaders This is not a book about religion This is a book about finding inner piece, and how to live in this imperfect world.I especially liked the part where the Dalai Lama postulates that this world needs a secular solution to finding happiness, religion just won t be able [...]

    26. Cheryl says:
      Nothing new here for me except a chance to meet these two amazing men So charming they almost persuade one that the things they say are universally true And, on a Deep level, they are Truths But the people who truly need to practice these wise meditations, to act with this level of compassion, to internalize the serenity prayer, etc are not, I assume, the people who are reading the book.I mean, I have felt sorry for Trump for a long time, especially since I learned that he Tweets late at night B [...]

    27. Joy Matteson says:
      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 together in Dharamsala to have an intimate conversation about the meaning of joy Literary agent and narrator Douglas Abrams met with the two men to record their observations and gain wisdom on this often misunderstood topic Peter Francis James and the Francois Chau lent their voices to the audio version, [...]

    28. Katie Bananas says:
      I listened to this book, and I thought it was very relaxing It contained very deep spiritual content comparing Christianity to Buddhism religious practices Both religious leaders filled me with teachings that provided immense relief that was much needed.You may think that joy is attainable through a materialistic lifestyle however, this book provides a deeper view of joy to be gained through all your senses and your connection to those around you in your environment near and far It helped me to [...]

    29. Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob) says:
      Finished 75% of this book and then decided I didn t need to finish the rest Unfortunately, this book ends up pretty repetitive which is probably great if you have a memory that doesn t work overly well If you tend to pick up things on the first or second repetition, this book can start to feel a bit long I kept double checking myself because it seemed like I had already read the part I was reading This is really good as an audiobook though, as the recording are the actual people reading the line [...]

    30. Joyce says:
      Excellent This book exudes joy and puts forth it s message in a way that is clear and relatable Both men are wise, compassionate and joyful themselves despite their serious hardships So many passages resonated with me and I did some major highlighting throughout I learned as lot and a lot to be internalized so as I too can become compassionate, generous, loving, forgiving and joyful naturally.The last part of the book includes meditations, prayers and practices to help open one s mind, good rem [...]

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