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The Book of Joy

By The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Abrams

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 this planet.

In an unprecedented week together they look back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: how do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? They trade intimate stories, tease each other and share their spiritual practices. Abrams acting as a counterpose, explores questions based on current science.

They discuss and explore the nature of true joy and confront each of the obstacles to joy – from fear, stress and anger to grief, illness and death. They offer us the eight pillars of joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness as well as the daily joy practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual practices. 

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