The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

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Date: September 2016

Duration: 10 hours 11 minutes

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 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.


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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  • Kendra M.

    Absolutely captivating. I loved the dialogue as well as the narrative.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Lupita O.

    Love this book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Barbara Scheurich

    Extremely relevant during these tumultuous times. I wish there more leaders that contained the moral fiber of these two gentleman

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Cristian M

    This book pointed my life in the right direction! I constantly recognize joy and try to show appreciation for life. Recognizing thoughts as just thoughts and embarking on my own joy filled journey.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jessie M.

    Great book, really changed my mood!☺️☺️☺️☺️

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jennifer S.

    I was sad when this book was over, I loved it so much

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jessica D.

    Very inspiring! The author has a pleasant voice that’s comforting and easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Milena P

    Wise book, this two beautiful man are truly amazing and adorable! I love listening while I am driving everyday to work and back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Casey W

    This book was a good listen something for everyone to be learned. Always great to hear from peaceful leaders.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Dave P

    This is one of those books that everyone can benefit from. You can easily find something in it that will help you in life's struggles. Highly recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Patricia G

    I was absolutely moved by this book. I can't wait to listen to it again! If only our entire country could take just a small piece of this book, imagine the wonderful leaps we could make towards humanity and compassion for one another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Michelle L

    Absolutely loved this book! This two men are fascinating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Stacey P

    This is so good I already can't wait to listen to it again! These guys are charming and the narrators really capture that!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jody T

    Inspiring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Joseph Sabino

    I am amazed on the knowledge and the peace inside these two men and the inspiration I have received on moving thru the challenges in my life. I intend to download books of this kind though this app because it is so convenient! Thank you Joe S Boca Raton

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Fatemeh S

    What an inspirational book! Beautifully written, amazing narration, and a majestic message! The scientific research behind the book was wonderful and led me to further discovery. A must read for everyone! I loved it so much I even purchased a hard copy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Andrea Bernal

    A must read/listen. Inspirational, Clear and to the point.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lindiwe D.

    I laughed and cried listening to this book. It's wonderful and the wisdom, love and empathy is almost tangible while you listen. It'll be a yearly listen for me from now on.

  • Carol M.

    Why I waited five years to read this book is beyond me. It is in my top five favorite books. Hearing how Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama focus on compassion with their background of injustice and tragedy is something to behold. I will listen again to deepen my understanding of their powerful words.

  • Anjuli K.

    Fantastic, beautiful, mind-expanding. What amazing perspective these two minds bring.

  • Anonymous

    This is like a happily ever after book.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent. Inspiring.

  • Cindy W.

    disappointed after listening through the book... not as expected as how good it is...too long to start...too much political impacts in this book...rather than just being spiritual... the power of now is much much powerful influential book than this one...

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