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The Book of Joy

By: Dalai Lama,Desmond Tutu
Narrated by: Douglas Carlton Abrams,Francois Chau,Peter Francis James
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Two spiritual giants. Seven days. One timeless question.

'The ultimate source of happiness is within us.' (Dalai Lama)

'We grow in kindness when our kindness is tested.' (Desmond Tutu)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama have been friends for many, many years. Between them, they have endured exile, violence and oppression. And in the face of these hardships, they have continued to radiate compassion, humour and, above all, joy.

To celebrate His Holiness's 80th birthday, Archbishop Tutu travelled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala. The two men spent a week discussing a single burning question: how do we find joy in the face of suffering?

This book is a gift from two of the most important spiritual figures of our time. Full of love, warmth and hope, The Book of Joy offers us the chance to experience their journey from first embrace to final goodbye.

©2016 Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Sensational, Moving, Inspirational!

I recommend this book to every human being on the planet.
Douglas Abrams and the whole team have done a truly excellent job of bringing this book to the world.
I laughed; I cried; I was humbled and I prayed along with these two most ordinary ( in their eyes ) yet extraordinary men. Their sheer humanity makes this book an invaluable gift to the world. There is no secret formula here, just simply the absolute living belief in triumph over adversity, goodness in the midst of suffering, and complete faith in the potential for a compassionate human race to the benefit of all on the planet. We can all do this. Thank you for this book and the several guided meditations at the end.

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Amazing book

What a truly wonderful book . I will be definitely listening to it again. And highly recommend this to anyone.

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Great book full of wisdom

Very nice to listen these two amazing figures sharing their stories, practise tips and wisdom. A book I want to send Vladimir Putin for xmas and everyone else on this planet :) Truly inspiring and great meditations at the end

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Great way to view life

He avoided the question about what he would say to forgive his father and only apologised to his wife after being told to. Good concept but not too sure if the teachers practice what they preach

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This is a book we all ought to read. It is a joy!

Neither pious nor overly religious, this is a book which talks to the heart and the head simultaneously. I'd recommend everyone read it. This audio book production is also excellent and very listenable.

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My Bible

How to live life purely and simply, by the two men I feel the utmost privilege to have been alive at the same time as they are.

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powerful and inspiring

wonderfully performed by the narrators, it gives an insight into what it means to truly live the well known advice and to do so in the face of true adversity.

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Help others

The category this book should be found in is the “help others” section.

Heraclitus once said “no man steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man.”
The exact same can be said for this book.

My second read, and I had the Audible reading it to me as I was following along on hardback. Depending where you are in your life and what is going on in the world, a repeated read of this is recommended, because just like stoicism is a corrective behavioural system, this book is also a type of operating system.

If you’re a “self help” consumer, then much of what you have learnt is in this book, but it’s more powerful because you get a perspective from a couple of fellas that the self help movement was built around.

Stories that captivate and tools that will help you operate. It’s a thought provoking, action taking, humble making and above all else, a joyous read.

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Amazing book

Two inspirational men. It was a joy to listen to. The actors reading the parts of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu were great and gave the book a special element. One to listen to over and over. Thanks.

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Joyful

Relax and enjoy the wisdom of two great spiritual leaders. Well written and read book.

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