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.
Douglas Carlton Abrams, read by the author
Dalai Lama, read by Francois Chau
Desmond Tutu, read by Peter Francis James
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you’re looking for abiding satisfaction and happiness, you might as well turn to the experts. In 2015, author Douglas Abrams brought together the Dalai Lama and renowned South African theologian Archbishop Desmond Tutu for a week of incredible joint interviews about the importance of joy and how to achieve it. It turns out happiness isn’t about ignoring life’s painful realities, but about having compassion for others even when you’re experiencing your darkest moments—something that’s vital for both body and soul. This powerful audiobook features Abrams’ own narration along with two actors who speak the words of the Dalai Lama and the archbishop. As we’re given some seriously amazing, change-your-whole-life wisdom, Abrams provides background into the two icons’ longtime friendship, showing how they inspire each other with a shared sense of playful humor. Regardless of your religious and spiritual beliefs, The Book of Joy is full of precious insights about becoming a better and happier person.
This book is awesome and amazing and cool and snippy!!!😀🤫 it is as great as my sexy parents.🤘🤫
I enjoyed listening to the joy, love between these spiritual men. This is a must listen to at least twice.
What A Beautiful And Thoughtful Book
Imagine if everyone set aside prejudices and biases in hope of a greater joy for all humans.