The Book Of Joy

The Book Of Joy

Lasting Happiness In A Changing World

Large Print - 2016
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Two leading spiritual masters share their wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity, sharing personal stories and teachings about the science of profound happiness and the daily practices that anchor their emotional and spiritual lives. --Publisher
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2016]
ISBN: 9781524708634
1524708631
Branch Call Number: 294.3444 Bstan-dzin-rgya-mtsho
Characteristics: xiii, 528 pages (large print) :,illustrations ;,22 cm
large print, rda
Additional Contributors: Abrams, Douglas Carlton
Tutu, Desmond

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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.


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 13, 2017

Many people refuse to pick up this book because there is a “religious aspect” however I am not from either Dalai Lama or Tutu’s religion and can still enjoy this book and appreciate the raw happiness and mindfulness that erupts out of the pages. This book is basically conversations; the real words and actions of Dalai Lama and Tutu as they discuss the world, joy, and equality in our modernized living. There is humor, affection and peace amongst the words of two leaders in our society. I loved reading this book, there is nothing more to say other than it should be read by everyone I know! You genuinely will feel happy and there are parts that, depending on the reader, may bore you.
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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franzkafka
Jul 23, 2017

This unique tome is an excellent example of soporific sophistry. A few pages in one will realize what a great source of vacuous platitudes it is.
This is fine reading for the fidget spinning, popcorn munching masses. Enjoy.

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abookandacuppa
Apr 23, 2017

This book is not just another "inner peace" book. The advice from The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu highlights the importance of not dwelling on self, but being a part of a whole. Being part of a community and having compassion and empathy are more conducive to our joy than financial status or fame. This should be mandatory reading in our high schools.

The dynamics of the friendship between these 2 extraordinary individuals was beautiful! No matter your choice of religion or lack thereof, this is a must-read!

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Orcacreative
Apr 12, 2017

Your holiness Dalai Lama is fighting each time he makes a public appearance.
Forgiving does not mean forgetting. He is right.

There will always be battles to fight with injustice and evil; kindness, mercy and love can not exist without the ability to say no and to defend your cause when you need to. It is in defining each of our purpose in life that we need to work and polish on the most. The human race as a whole will never agree on a universal treaty in what to believe and how to behave. So, prepare to fight, and learn how to fight, people. Love Thy Enemy is part of it but certainly not the full picture and the end.

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ruthgree
Mar 07, 2017

The authors are not listed correctly here. It's a terrific book and good medicine, for all who think that their own life is difficult. While it's subjective, this discussion shows how faith and/or philosophy can allow anyone to transcend circumstance.

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terber
Mar 06, 2017

This book is basically a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu about finding joy and happiness when faced with fear and grief. It is an absolute joy to read. It is well written, occasionally funny and will leave you a better person for having read it. I would highly recommend it.

Cynthia_N Feb 22, 2017

This book was a joy to read! The authors have lived lives full of trouble and they have every right to be bitter and vindictive but instead they are loving and filled with joy. I am inspired!

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laphampeak
Dec 04, 2016

A delight to read. Some of Dalai Lama's other books were more in detail but this book prominently displayed the affection, humor, and importance of communicating joy in one another as part of a greater whole. What greater example than through Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu authored by Douglas Abrams.

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ellensix Oct 18, 2016

The Dalai Lama used the terms wider perspective and larger perspective. They involve stepping back, within our own mind, to look at the bigger picture and to move on beyond our limited self-awareness and our limited self-interest. Every situation we confront in life comes from the convergence of many contributing factors. The Dalai Lama had explained, "We must look at any given situation or problem from the front and the back, from the sides, from the top and bottom, so from at least six angles. This allows us to take a more complete and holistic view of reality, and if we do, our response will be more constructive." (p. 196)

ellensix Oct 18, 2016

"I think it takes time to learn to be aid-back," he continued. "You know, it's not something that just comes ready-made for you. No one ought to feel annoyed with themselves. It just adds to the frustration. I mean, we are human beings, fallible human beings. As the Dalai Lama points out, there was a time… I mean, we see him serene and calm. Yet there were times when he, too, felt annoyed and perhaps there still are. It's like muscles that have to be exercised to be strong. Sometimes we get too angry with ourselves thinking we ought to be perfect from the word go. But this being on earth is a time for us to learn to be good, to learn to be more loving, to learn to be more compassionate. And you learn, not theoretically. "The Archbishop was pointing his index fingers at his head. "You learn when something happens that tests you." (pp. 91-92)

ellensix Oct 18, 2016

We concluded, "There is nothing wrong with faiths. The problem is the faithful."
(P. 70 Desmond Tutu)

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