The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama XIV

The Book of Joy

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,...

Details The Book of Joy

TitleThe Book of Joy
Release DateOct 18th, 2016
Number of pages354 pages
GenreNonfiction, Spirituality, Philosophy, Self Help, Religion, Psychology

Reviews The Book of Joy

  • Diane
    I simply loved this book. The Book of Joy is a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu about finding joy and happiness in the face of suffering and grief. The two old friends met in India for the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday, and they had long discussions over several days. Writer Douglas Abrams helped facilitate the dialogue, asking questions and taking detailed notes. The reader gets the benefit of both the wisdom of the s...
  • Antigone
    Oh, they are rascals! Impish spirits, the both of them, who giggle and joust and tease their way through this late-in-life meeting; evincing in almost every moment the very joy they've gathered to discuss.The friendship of these illustrious men, who've met a mere half dozen times and then only briefly, calls to mind that deep and instantaneous bond so frequently formed by children - back when our hearts were filled with trust and our world with p...
  • Michelle
    The Book of Joy started out in an ordinary enough manner. It was well-written, interesting, at times humorous, and full of truth. But then . . . right book, right time, it guided me to closure on something I'd been struggling with for a decade. This is literally a life changing book for me.Even if you don't experience an epiphany like me, this book still has the potential to make your life better. You can already be happy and take something from ...
  • madamereadsalot
    4.5I have listened to this book on audible, but as I found so many important messages and useful practices in it, I wanted to have a physical copy as well to reread and mark my favourite passages in! It's that kind of book! <3 Especially regarding the current situation in the world, but also for years in everyday life, I found myself agreeing: we are all in it together. We are all human beings looking for happiness and trying to free ourselves fr...
  • Mizanur Rahman
    Buddhism always fascinates me. Not as a religion but as philosophy. Perhaps, of all religions (philosophical view) collectively, Buddhism effectively reaches the core of human nature, and thus promote its fellow believer to nurture their soul. This book is not about Buddhism or Christianity, though it features two topmost representatives of those religions/views. It talks about human nature, about joy, and obviously, it’s worth reading.
  • Alli Lubin
    I am savoring this book. "The Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu are two of the great spiritual masters of our time, but they are also moral leaders who transcend their own traditions and speak always from a concern for humanity as a whole..."JOY is much bigger than happiness. While happiness is often seen as being dependent on external circumstances, joy is not." This book is the result of a week they spent together talking about the "pu...
  • Elsa
    Five Stars because there are just 5.I said it before but I mention it again: this was THE most beautiful book I have read the last years. So touching, sometimes so funny, and so deeply true.It took me a while to finish it because every time I would read some pages I just wanted to stop and think about it or it would take me to think about situations that I lived.I have this urge now to talk about it to everyone I know and I care, kind of trying t...
  • Ann L.
    Definitely a must read in cultivating a peaceful, joyful and compassionate life. The world needs this book of wisdom, especially now with so much political division going on. These two spiritual teachers, the Dalai Lama XIV and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have wonderful words of wisdom in how to deal with everyday struggles, especially in regards to our personal relationships and the world around us. It doesn't matter what your religious beliefs are ...
  • Kacey Kells
    Everyone (well, almost!) agrees that we should do our best to make this world a safer and better world… i.e.: “a happier, kinder, more compassionate world”. Sadly however, most people think it’s a beautiful but unattainable dream. In this book however, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated that it is in our Human Nature to seek happiness and joy; hence, since we are social animals, the only way to be happy and joy...
  • Ita
    I was reading this book at the hairdressers and when I was paying, one of the hairdressers came to me to tell me she enjoyed watching me read as she saw me chuckling while reading it. Then I showed her the title and said that it must be working already! I like this quote "Wherever you have friends that's your country, and wherever you receive love, that's your home". And I like the concept of "mudita" which means "the practice of rejoicing in oth...
  • Kathryn
    What an absolutely wonderful book. It does not matter what your spiritual beliefs are you cannot help but glean something from reading this book. These two men have the most touching and magnificent friendship. They laugh and tease each other. They enjoy each others thoughts and their ability to understand each other is what makes for such good reading. The book is filled with quotes. One of my favorites is:Gratitude helps us catalog, celebrate a...
  • Breakaway Reviewers
    The title says it all - this is THE book of joy and peace!In 2015, Archbishop Desmond Tutu travelled to Dharamsala in India to meet with his friend and fellow Nobel Prize winner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Douglas Abrams accompanied Desmond Tutu so that he could write and record this momentous occasion. These two men, two giants in the world of not only religion but also fighting for justice are kindred spirits and watching them together is in ...
  • Joy Matteson
    The Book of Joy is an uplifting account of a conversation between two of the most honored contemporary spiritual leaders living today. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama met together in Dharamsala to have an intimate conversation about the meaning of joy. Literary agent and narrator Douglas Abrams met with the two men to record their observations and gain wisdom on this often misunderstood topic. Peter Francis James and the F...
  • Elias
    I was given this book by a dear friend, and glad that he shared this book with me. This is not the typical book I read but I really enjoyed it. Do not be scared by the authors, Dalai Lama XIV and Archbishop Tutu, both religious leaders. This is not a book about religion. This is a book about finding inner piece, and how to live in this imperfect world.I especially liked the part where the Dalai Lama postulates that this world needs a secular solu...
  • Bonnie
    Enjoyed multiple parts of this book, but spent more time frustrated with the collaborator who just couldn't seem to get out of the way. For a book that multiple times stressed that people who use the word, "I," more often die earlier, he certainly seemed to get a lot in. If you skim for quotation marks so you can focus on the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop's discussion, as well as where you see some discussion of the psychology and neuro-science, ...
  • Sherry Monger
    What a serendipitous time to be reading The Book of Joy - right after the American Election. Feeling deeply despondent and despairing of the times we find ourselves in, I picked up this conversation between two deeply spiritual leaders and found what I didn't know I needed just now."It is the hard times, the painful times, the sadness and the grief that knit us more closely together. We must use grief and sadness as motivation to generate a deepe...
  • Dayle (the literary llama)
    11/30/16 Review coming soon...
  • Brad McKenna
    What happens when you put The Dalai Lama and The Archbishop Tutu in a room together to talk about Joy? Laughter, chuckles, chortles, and deep unbridled belly laughs. Not to mention good natured ribbing that would make any pair of siblings proud. According to these two spiritual giants, joy is more than just plain happiness, it’s a state of being. They have suffered tremendously, the Dalai Lama being forced into exile and the Archbishop lived th...
  • April
    Great book. I'm a little ashamed I didn't know which person was which when I started it. Reading about other religions is so fascinating. I really don't know all that much about anything. And I like to expand my views. I think these two old men were fabulous! How they were playful and old friends, eve if they were from other religions. I also like how they look at everyone as humans and then we automatically have a connection with everyone! I've ...
  • Megan
    I picked this one up at my local library when I was wandering through the "new books" displays, so I decided to use it for the 2016 BookRiot Read Harder challenge category "Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction)." This was probably closer to a 4.5-star rating for me. While religion was not the overt theme of the book, both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu approached the topic of joy based on their religious backgrounds, in addition ...
  • Ken
    Douglas Abrams spends a couple of weeks with Desmond Tutu while the archbishop visits the Dalai Lama in India. Apparently he brought a filming crew as well, so The Film of Joy may be in the wings. It seemed a bit staged in that Abrams was continual asking the two great men of peace this question and that, all related to joy and compassion and gratitude and all the other abstract lovelies. Some of the answers he received seemed stock or predictabl...
  • Erika Schmid
    Everyone needs to read this book! Seriously, it does not matter how old you are or the diversity of your background, this appeals on a human level. To read of these two vastly different people, The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, leaders of two very different religions, coming together as best friends was just astounding. I thought I would take my time reading this, yet I could not put it down. I dove into a spiritual and humanistic awake...
  • Gerri Leen
    I expected to like this more than I did. There is an old writing rule of "Show, don't tell" and this book, with it's third person narrator describing everything and very much inserted into the thing, is pretty much all tell. And there's a lot of repetition. The overall message is good but frankly a bit light on content.
  • Molly
    I had a hard time fully appreciating the wisdom possessed by the two spiritual leaders, filtered as it was through the eyes and words of an onlooker. An able, well-meaning onlooker, but an onlooker nonetheless. I'll continue my search elsewhere.
  • Beth
    Because one of Archbishop Tutu's daughters had gone to the High School where I was attending my reunion, I was present several years ago and privileged to hear his graduation speech at the school. So It was this book about him and the Dalai Lama gathering as "birthday boys" to spend a week discussing JOY, that made this book seem worth reading.The two both have searched and seem to have found 'lasting happiness in a changing world' but have come ...
  • Rebecca
    This book will take a second, and possibly third, read to fully absorb. The language is simple, but the lessons are deep.The aspect of these conversations between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu that most resonated with me is their deep love for one another and delight in each other's company. Appropriately, this is a book filled with joy and laughter. These seem to be qualities shared by many great spiritual leaders, which suggests th...
  • Julie
    This was a beautifully written book about an interview that took place between His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in April of 2015. It was delightful to read about their friendship, their faith, their ability to overcome. Through the anecdotal stories from both men I learned a lot about the Chinese invasion of Tibet, and about the cruelty during apartheid in South Africa (even though this is NOT what the book is about). The ...
  • Emily Kaiser
    I don't think there was a thing I didn't like about this book. Eye-opening, yet practical advice given from two incredibly altruistic men- Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. We are told about the hardships and suffering that they have both endured but they very much relate their advice to day-to-day modern life. To my surprise, the book also highlights both mens' sense of humour and, though less surprisingly, really captures their love f...
  • Justin
    Here we are following the election and I have been busy sitting with people as they share their worries and sitting with people as they share their joy. Election season is always an interesting time for a pastor. This season, there are far more worries than in previous seasons and with good reason.Due to the heaviness of the conversations, I have been a bit distracted with my reading and have been finding it a bit difficult to concentrate on fict...
  • Monica
    My eye was caught by this book because the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are two very recognisible figures, but I had no idea they were friends! But they are and the result is this very absorbing book about joy and how to attain it.Both the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop are extremely wise and positive people and hearing from the two of them, in their own words how they view life and are able to be happy and compassionate in the face of a...