The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World Audiobook by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams is a book written by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and was published in 2016. Desmond Tutu visited the Holy Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India in the year 2015 to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. Their conversation resulted in the Book of Joy. These two leaders have suffered a lot. Dalai Lama has been in exile from his home in Tibet for more than 50 years, while Archbishop Tutu suffered racial discrimination in South Africa under the apartheid regime.
The book is focused on living a joyful life. the authors say that joy is not the happiness when one feels due to getting a pleasant surprise. Joy is rather a result of inner calm and peace which allows a person to maintain their sangfroid under any circumstances in life. Joy makes one’s life more satisfying and worth it. In the book, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu share their perspective on life and what keeps them happy and joyful in the adverse situations.
The book is divided into three sections. In the “Nature of True Joy” section, two leaders share their experiences on sufferings and joy. In “The Obstacles to Joy” they take a look at various feelings like anger, anxiety, grief, loneliness, illness, and fear of death. The third section deals with their assessments of “The Eight Pillars of Joy.”
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World Audiobook by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams provides an insight into the friendship and the bond shared by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. The book has an universal appeal and is not meant for any specific religion or sect. Dalai Lama and Tutu share their opinions and experiences candidly and pass on lessons to the readers which will have a positive impact on their lives.
The author Abraham also adds a lot of scientific information. The book is unique as it imparts precious life lessons to the readers. The readers will be able to experience inner calm and joy after reading the book. It is a one of a kind and a must-read book for readers who want to live their lives more meaningfully and want to embrace adversity with a smile and calm demeanor.