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
GenreNonfiction, Spirituality, Self Help, Philosophy, Religion

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...
  • Cheri
    “Wherever you have friends that’s your country, and wherever you receive love, that’s your home.” ― Dalai Lama XIV, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing WorldWhen two people, both Nobel Peace Laureates, are as world-renowned as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu it takes an event for them to travel. In this case, the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday offered them a chance to gather together and discuss their...
  • Brandice
    The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World provides countless insight from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, two spiritual masters and moral leaders, as the book synopsis appropriately characterizes them. These two well-known and highly respected men are friends, and their interaction throughout the book had a playful tone while still showing great admiration and respect for one another. I enjoyed the book overall as a whole...
  • Zoe's Human
    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 ...
  • 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.
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Powerful, exquisite, full of love and friendship between Archbishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama. I listened to this on audio; incredible to hear the different voices (narrators were actors, very good actors) and quotes from these two enlightened friends. I will refer back to with frequency the helpful practice chapters at the end on meditation/thought changes. This is the premier "book of joy" I've read thus far. Empowering and thought provoking with...
  • madamescozycorner
    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!
  • Jennifer
    Read this book.I so desperately needed to read this book but I didn't know it until tears were running down my face. Not from sadness, but from the opportunity it presents. Suffering is unavoidable. But practicing joy is a choice that we can control when so much is out of our control. It's a simple concept but potentially life changing nonetheless. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World is self-help in nature with elements of docu...
  • Victoria
    ‘Wherever you have friends that’s your country, and wherever you receive love, that’s your home.’” --Tibetan ProverbTwo Nobel Peace laureates meet for a week in Dharamsala, India and engage in a spiritual dialogue and these talks will become the basis for a book. Sounds a bit lofty and just a smidge dull except that the two men at the heart of these discussions are his Holiness the Dalai Lama, he of the beatific smile, and the Honorable...
  • 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.
  • 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, ...
  • 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...
  • Susan
    This audiobook is life-changing. I know that sounds like a dramatization but it’s really not. This audiobook covers a week long conversation between dear friends His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. What a wonderful conversation to listen in on! These two men, from different religious backgrounds, come together and show the world that spirituality is universal and not defined by a specific religious context. Their messages a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ann Living It Up
    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 ...
  • George
    "The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World" by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams is a book about the important things in life. The Dalai Lama (a Buddhist), Tutu (a Christian), and Abrams (a Secular Jew) spent a week together in dialogue - discussing the principles and values they considered most important. This book is the result of that week. In their dialogue, they discussed principles and values such as compassion, ...
  • 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...
  • Calista
    I love the Dalai Lama and everything he has to say. I feel so fortunate to have his words in todays age. He has seen many horrors and tragedies in his long life and he has this wonderful perspective. I admire him and I want to have his views on life. I wish I could quote adequately from this book. There were so many quotes form the book that rang true for me. This book really made me think and exam my life. It was a joy to read a savor. Both of t...
  • 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...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review and others can be found on BW Book Review.Personally, when I think of religion, this is what I think of. The fundamental good of it, all the ways that they draw people together and accept them no matter what. The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are prime examples of that. They really exemplify the love and compassion, all while showing immense happiness no matter what. Even in the bad times, they show joy and acceptance, all wh...
  • 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...
  • Chris
    How beautiful and true, evoking, and expanding on, ideas which I notice are appearing in many other things I read!“The real secret of freedom may simply be extending this brief space between stimulus and response” (179). As mentioned in ‘Shantaram’ - we always have the freedom of choice; of choosing our response based on our attitude. This freedom cannot be taken away from us as it is dictated by our mind and the perspective we take. That...
  • Lubinka Dimitrova
    I'll be never too cynical to be able to enjoy, appreciate and cherish the words of these two men which might seem syrupy and nonsensically naive, but are in fact utterly cheerful, lighten our load and help us put a smile on our face each and every day. I myself grew as an agnostic, and it's difficult for me to grasp the deeper beliefs of their respective religions, but for me, they are two of the finest human beings on the planet and a model not ...
  • Laila (BigReadingLife)
    I adored listening to this audiobook. (Not narrated by the Dalai Lama or Archbishop Tutu themselves, but skilled narrators with similar accents.). I never knew what a lovely friendship the two spiritual leaders had before this. Often laughing and teasing one another, they truly show how to live in the world with grace, joy, and equanimity. I’d like to buy this book and refer to it again when I need a spiritual lift. It made me feel calmer when ...
  • Cheryl
    Nothing new here for me except a chance to 'meet' these two amazing men. So charming; they almost persuade one that the things they say are universally true. And, on a Deep level, they are Truths. But the people who truly need to practice these wise meditations, to act with this level of compassion, to internalize the serenity prayer, etc., are not, I assume, the people who are reading the book.I mean, I have felt sorry for Trump for a long time,...
  • Anna
    A friend gave me ‘The Book of Joy’ as a birthday present and told me she had found it life-changing. I can certainly see why - it’s an extraordinary and moving book, and one that I immediately want to recommend to others. In a series of discussions, revolving around ways in which humanity can live joyfully, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu manage the feat of transcending religion to find an underlying spirituality. The recommendin...
  • 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 ...
  • Laney
    This low 2 star rating is purely based on my enjoyment of this book, not the content itself. The content was wonderful, just so boring because I feel like I've heard it all 500 times at church throughout my life. Nothing new or revelatory here. It felt like one big church lesson review and I couldn't wait for it to be over. Here are a few random notes: Meditate, particularly on compassion. Be generous.Pain and suffering will come. It's how we res...