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|
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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World Reviews
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 de ...more
‘Wherever you have friends that’s your country, and wherever you receive love, that’s your home.’” --Tibetan Proverb
Two 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 res ...more
I expected to like this more 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.
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 an ...more
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 ...more
La note reflète mal l'avis en donnant l'impression d'une moyenne.
Ce livre comporte des éléments qui me paraissent une franche réussite et à la fois des éléments qui le tirent vers le bas.
Les plus :
- L'idée de base de faire se rencontrer le Dalaï-Lama et l'Archevêque Tutu pour causer de la joie.
- La clarté et la méthode dans la liste d'outils proposés : la perspective, la dérision, l'attention, la compassion.
- Les approches contrastées entre les trois co-auteurs de ce livre.
- La rencontre tou ...more
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 ...more