This NY Times bestselling book follows Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu during the unprecedented week they spent together in 2015. These global spiritual icons looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?
We follow their conversations 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. As the Dalai Lama shares, “so much of our own unhappiness originates within our own mind and heart – in how we react to events in our life.” 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.
During this difficult time, this book provides inspiration for us to discover peace courage and joy in our own lives.