Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question.

Product Code: 6536
ISBN: 9780399185045
Format: Hard cover
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Published Date: 09/20/2016
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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 the planet.

In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the fact of life's inevitable suffering?

They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.

This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecendented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.

We get to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.

The Archbishop has never claimed sainthood, and the Dalai Lama considers himself a simple monk. In this unique collaboration, they offer us the reflection of real lives filled with pain and turmoil in the midst of which they have been able to discover a level of peace, of courage, and of joy to which we can all aspire in our own lives.

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The Invitation to Joy
Arrival: We Are Fragile Creatures

Day 1
The Nature of True Joy
Why Are You Not Morose?
Nothing Beautiful Comes Without Some Suffering
Have You Renounced Pleasure?
Our Greatest Joy

Lunch The Meeting of Two Mischievous People Is Wonderful

Days 2 & 3
The Obstacles to Joy
You Are a Masterpiece in the Making
Fear, Stress, and Anxiety: I Would Be Very Nervous
Frustration and Anger: I Would Shout
Sadness and Grief: The Hard Times Knit Us More Closely Together
Despair: The World Is in Such Turmoil
Loneliness: No Need for Introduction
Envy: That Guy Goes Past Yet Again in His Mercedes-Benz
Suffering and Adversity: Passing through Difficulties
Illness and Fear of Death: I Prefer to Go to Hell

Meditation: Now I’ll Tell You a Secret Thing

Days 4 & 5
1. Perspective: There Are MANY Different Angles
2. Humility: I Tried to Look Humble and Modest
3. Humor: Laughter, Joking Is Much Better
4. Acceptance: The Only Place Where Change Can Begin
5. Forgiveness: Freeing Ourselves from the Past
6. Gratitude: I Am Fortunate to Be Alive
7. Compassion: Something We Want to Become
8. Generosity: We Are Filled with Joy

Celebration: Daincing in the Streets of Tibet
Departure: A Final Goodbye

Joy Practices

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