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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
Read date: Dec 2017

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama XIV
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great book – simultaneously a charming, uplifting, and practical book. It is based around the week-long visit of Desmond Tutu to the Dalai Lama on the occasion of the latter’s 80th birthday.

It is charming for the tale of the friendship of these two world leaders (and Nobel Laureates!), with the way they demonstrate the virtues of humility and the lovely teasing manner they have with each other. It’s uplifting for the stories they tell of others who have inspired them – from schoolchildren to prisoners on death row. And it’s ultimately practical, for not only is the story of their week together structured carefully around a path that can potentially bring us each more joy, but there is also a very useful set of guides to meditation/prayer at the end, again built around the essential steps on this same path.

It’s a book I’ll come back to again and again, I think, for the words they speak and the comfort to be found in their profound empathy with the world.

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