Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
with Douglas Abrams
The Book of Joy is the book chosen to accompany the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa theme for December 2018.
TWO SPIRITUAL GIANTS, FIVE DAYS,
ONE TIMELESS QUESTION
Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifth 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 2013, 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 times and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.
This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecedented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.
We get to listen in as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles to 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 the 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.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and of Tibetan Buddhism. He travels extensively, promoting a message of kindness and compassion, interfaith understanding, respect for the environment, and above all, world peace. The Dalai Lama has been a passionate advocate for a secular universal approach to cultivating fundamental human values. He lives in exile in Dharamsala, India.
Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Southern Africa, became a prominent leader in the crusade for justice and racial reconciliation in South Africa. In 1994, Tutu was appointed Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where he pioneered a new way for countries to move forward after experiencing civil conflict and oppression. He was the founding chair of The Elders, a group ;of global leaders working together for peace and human rights. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Douglas Abrams is an author, editor, and literary agent dedicated to working with visionaries who are creating a wiser, healthier, and more just world. He has collaborated with Desmond Tutu as his cowriter and editor for more that a decade. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.