The Book of Joy

  • by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
  • Narrated by Douglas Carlton Abrams, full cast
  • 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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.
Narration credits:
Douglas Carlton Abrams, read by the author
Dalai Lama, read by Francois Chau
Desmond Tutu, read by Peter Francis James


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I found this book at a point in my life that was full of anxiety, stress and self doubt. Every chapter held me present and allowed me to focus on what is important, not the past, not the future but the present moment. Beautifully narrated and full of JOY.
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- amber

This Book can change your life..

I believed that this would be an interesting book when I purchased it. What I didn't know and am so happy to have listened to, was the wisdom of the teaching that was so freely and beautifully given. Putting the teachings, the lessons into practice is my gift back to these most amazing of Sages.
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- Gerald

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio