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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

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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 th
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Avery (first published September 20th 2016)
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Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

“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 World

When 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 Dh
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World provides countless insight from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, two spiritual masters and moral leaders, as the book synopsis appropriately characterizes them. These two well-known and highly respected men are friends, and their interaction throughout the book had a playful tone while still showing great admiration and respect for one another.

I enjoyed the book overall as a whole, yet found the greatest enjoyment and takeaways i
Zoe's Human
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who'd like to be happier
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 f
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I 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 more kind to othe
Gerri Leen
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘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
Read this book.

I so desperately needed to read this book but I didn't know it until tears were running down my face. Not from sadness, but from the opportunity it presents. Suffering is unavoidable. But practicing joy is a choice that we can control when so much is out of our control. It's a simple concept but potentially life changing nonetheless. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World is self-help in nature with elements of documentary, spiritualism, and world culture. It teach
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, favorites
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 mo ...more
Kacey Kells
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone (well, almost!) agrees that we should do our best to make this world a safer and better world… i.e.: “a happier, kinder, more 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 ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Mizanur Rahman
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, religion
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.
Alli Lubin
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Enjoyed multiple parts of this book, but spent more 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," more 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.
Ann Lihl
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a more peaceful life
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 e
"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 ang
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Džiaugsmo knygą" spirgėjau perskaityti iki Jo šventenybės vizito Lietuvoje. Prieš mėnesį rezervavau ją bibliotekoje, bet eilė kaip neatėjo, taip neatėjo. Vyras pavargo klausyti mano zyzimo ir galų gale man padovanojo šitą knygą. Galvojau, oi kaip dabar kibsiu į ją - vienu prisėdimu perskaitysiu ir visa apsišvietusi klausysiuosi Dalai Lamos paskaitos. Pradėjau skaityti ir... ir mano užsispyrimas bei noras kuo greičiau leidinį įveikti kaip mat išgaravo. Nuo pirmų puslapių, įžangos supratau, kad " ...more
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
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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 d
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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 a ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality, 2017
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
Brad McKenna
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism
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 more 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
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: testimony

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
Lubinka Dimitrova
I'll be never too cynical to be able to enjoy, appreciate and cherish the words of these two men which might seem syrupy and nonsensically naive, but are in fact utterly cheerful, lighten our load and help us put a smile on our face each and every day. I myself grew as an agnostic, and it's difficult for me to grasp the deeper beliefs of their respective religions, but for me, they are two of the finest human beings on the planet and a model not only for any spiritual, political or any other typ ...more
Laila (BigReadingLife)
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!
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How beautiful and true, evoking, and expanding on, ideas which I notice are appearing in many other things I read!

“The real secret of freedom may simply be extending this brief space between stimulus and response” (179). As mentioned in ‘Shantaram’ - we always have the freedom of choice; of choosing our response based on our attitude. This freedom cannot be taken away from us as it is dictated by our mind and the perspective we take. That’s why in ‘Into the Magic Shop’ so much stress is put on p
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anna by: Helen S
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
Breakaway Reviewers
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (born Lhamo Döndrub), 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
“The more time you spend thinking about yourself, the more suffering you will experience.” 47 likes
“We create most of our suffering, so it should be logical that we also have the ability to create more joy. It simply depends on the attitudes, the perspectives, and the reactions we bring to situations and to our relationships with other people. When it comes to personal happiness there is a lot that we as individuals can do.” •” 44 likes
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