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The Book of Joy

Author : Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

Genre : Inspirational

This is an inspirational and encouraging read. I first started listening to is, and had to buy the book because there was so much I wanted to underline. The Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu are two of the great spiritual masters of our time, and they are also moral leaders who transcend their own traditions and speak from a concern for humanity as a whole.

To celebrate one of their special birthdays, the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu met for a week to enjoy their friendship and to create something they hoped would be a gift to others.They have survived more than fifty years of exile and the 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 this book they expire the nature of true joy and the obstacles of joy—fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. Their dialogue continued as they discussed the eight pillars of joy. Four are qualities of the mind: perspective, humility, humor, and acceptance. Four are qualities of the heart: forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity. In the midst of this they have been able to discover a level of peace, of courage, of joy to which we can all aspire in our own lives.

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