The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
By Dalai Lama XIV, Desmond Tutu
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.
Excerpt (preview of The Book of Joy)
The Invitation to Joy
No dark fate determines the future. We do. Each day and each moment, we are able tocreate and re-create our lives and the very quality of human life on our planet. This is the power we wield.
Lasting happiness cannot be found in pursuit of any goal or achievement. It does not reside in fortune or fame. It resides only in the human mind and heart, and it is here that we hope you will find it.
Arrival: We Are Fragile Creatures
We are fragile creatures, and it is from this weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of true joy," the Archbishop said as I handed him his sleek black cane with silver handle shaped like a greyhound. "Life is filled with challenges and adversity,"