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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 80s, 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
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By Dr. Pepper on 10-27-16
A Perspective and Life Changing Book
This book is amazing! Best purchase of 2016 hands down! I am the happiest person I know and this book made me even happier! :-) A compilation of life lessons from two of the worlds top spiritual leaders, who combined, have over 160 years of life. Despite the fact that they represent perspectives of two different religions, they compliment each other beautifully. Both leaders come from extremely violent environments... yet exude love and compassion without exception. Tutu prayed for the oppressors in South Africa and the Dalai Lama found beauty in being exiled from his home for over 50 years now. Read this book and any problems you think you have, any anger you hold towards others, will be calmed. Both leaders end with meditations and prayers to improve your life as well as the life of those around you. Buy this book... I'm about to listen to it again. ;-)
66 of 69 people found this review helpful
By A. Yoshida on 06-22-17
Small Acts of Kindness
The book answers many questions about joy and compassion:
* How can you cultivate joy in a world filled with violence, oppression, and hate?
* How can you be forgiving to those who are cruel?
* Does feeling compassion for others bring sadness to your life?
* Does seeking happiness make you selfish?
Such wisdom from these two great spiritual leaders makes you believe that it's possible the world could be a better place. And if we each perform a small act of kindness each day, that hope can become reality.
27 of 28 people found this review helpful