Finding true joy, peace and fulfillment during difficult times is the topic of conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in this engaging and charming book. Author Doug Abrams expertly facilitates a five-day spirited conversation between the two great leaders while rounding out the discussion with little bits and pieces of the men's lives. The retreat and extended interview take place in India at the Dalai Lama's home right before his 80th birthday. Despite enduyring great suffering, both men have become admired spiritual leaders and both have received the Nobel Peace Prize. The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are very humble men but they are also kind, gentle, sarcastic and very funny human beings as well as great friends. This is not a book about religion; rather, it's about compassion and spreading joy even during times of great hardship.
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World is very upbeat and a real pleasure to read. Surviving over fifty years of exile and the violence of oppression would leave most people bitter and angry but somehow it inspired compassion, love and joy in these two great men. They do not sugar coat the state of our world but they find joy and spread compassion in spite of it.
Reviewed by sw, 3/17. Other reviews by sw.