Book Review: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

By Jean Spilburg

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu is an exploration of the meaning of joy from the perspectives of two remarkable men of faith – one Buddhist, one Christian.


The book is a recounting of their meeting in 2015 in Dharamsala, India to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. They are interviewed by Douglas Abrams who weaves their voices together and acts as narrator. It is a fascinating look at the warm relationship these two spiritual leaders enjoy. They have so much to share of their own very difficult life experiences, the wisdom they have gained, and how their faith informs their joy.


Topics include: The Nature of True Joy, The Obstacles to Joy, The Eight Pillars of Joy, and ending with the daily Joy Practices that anchor their own spiritual lives.


I found their message of love and faith to be especially meaningful and uplifting in these challenging times.

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