The Book of Joy
Written By: Dalai Lama
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Publisher’s Summary: 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 face of life’s inevitable suffering?
They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.
This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecendented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.
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.
The Archbishop has never claimed sainthood, and the Dalai Lama considers himself a simple monk. In this unique collaboration, they offer us the reflection of real lives filled with pain and turmoil in the midst of which they have been able to discover a level of peace, of courage, and of joy to which we can all aspire in our own lives.
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The book of joy: Dalai Lama
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In 2015, Archbishop Desmond Tutu traveled to Dharamsala, India, to meet with the Dalai Lama on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. Writer Douglas Abrams accompanied Desmond Tutu to write and record this important occasion. The meeting lasted a week where they spent time talking about joy, their history and experiences, and their hopes for the future of humanity. Desmond Tutu is a South African Ecclesiastic and politician whose work in defense of human rights was awarded in 1984 with the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1961 he was ordained an Anglican priest and during the ensuing years taught theology. The Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, was elected at the age of two years being recognized thanks to a series of signs, to be the reincarnation of his predecessor. The Dalai Lamas are the manifestation of the Buddha of Compassion, who is reborn in order to serve humanity. In 1950, the Dalai Lama, assumed political power, it was at this time when China invaded Tibet. He had to take refuge in India where he was given political asylum, more than one hundred thousand Tibetan refugees followed him to India.
These two men are two great figures at the world level, not only as representatives of religion, but in the struggle for justice. Having an opportunity to see a conversation, a discussion, an exchange of the most important ideas for them in terms of universal concepts is an exceptional gift.Both characters are in the eighties, have acquired in their life a wisdom that would be a waste not to share, is precisely what they do in that conversation that would become The Book of Joy. It would have to be seen that they are very rich in the spiritual and the knowledge, one would expect that everything had a solemn treatment as the serious subjects require it, nevertheless, it is incredible to be able to glimpse in this book, the fun they are when playing tricks between They, that is what makes them so special, we can interpret that they are happy by making others laugh and that everything they do comes from love.The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu discuss a whole range of relevant, current and present themes throughout the world, including the meaning of joy, moral precepts, kindness, compassion, the role of the media, the future Of humanity, peace, feelings, among others.
Although they agree very much, their approaches have individual distinctions. As for the sentimental, for example, the Dalai Lama promotes learning to objectively examine our feelings, while the Archbishop says that we should stop feeling ashamed of what we feel.
It is a book that helps us understand human nature, in some passages it may contain valuable new lessons and in many others, it only helps to remember things that we should keep in mind and always present in our life for a better spiritual and social development.
About Douglas Abrams, the author did a magnificent job in shaping the essence of these men in a book, their knowledge, their moral and spiritual wealth, their joys, their jokes, anyway.
The Book of Joy is a balm for the soul, the introspection of two great men to find what they mean for them inherent themes to humanity. It is a guide on how it is possible to maintain a life of compassion and generosity. It is a relevant and uplifting book.