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The Book of Joy Audiobook

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

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Publisher's Summary

Two great spiritual masters share their own hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity.

The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together in Dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject was joy. Both winners of the Nobel Prize, both great spiritual masters and moral leaders of our time, they are also known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet.

From the beginning the book was envisioned as a three-layer birthday cake: their own stories and teachings about joy, the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness, and the daily practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives. Both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu have been tested by great personal and national adversity, and here they share their personal stories of struggle and renewal. Now that they are both in their 80s, they especially want to spread the core message that to have joy yourself, you must bring joy to others.

Most of all, during that landmark week in Dharamsala, they demonstrated by their own exuberance, compassion, and humor how joy can be transformed from a fleeting emotion into an enduring way of life.

Narration credits:

Douglas Carlton Abrams, read by the author
Dalai Lama, read by Francois Chau
Desmond Tutu, read by Peter Francis James

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

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    Gerald 10-28-16
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    "This Book can change your life.."

    I believed that this would be an interesting book when I purchased it. What I didn't know and am so happy to have listened to, was the wisdom of the teaching that was so freely and beautifully given. Putting the teachings, the lessons into practice is my gift back to these most amazing of Sages.

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    "Truly a joy"

    The world is crazy. So much stress and negativity and focus on what's going wrong. And then...this book. The dialogue between these two gurus, who have dealt with more pain and suffering than any of us ever will, is truly special. It's joyful. And the readers do an amazing job at capturing their voices. It's like being a fly on the wall of the most important, insightful, hilarious, and deep convo to ever take place.

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    A. Lopez 10-09-16
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    "Great inspirational read"

    This was such a good inspirational book I learned so much about how we sometimes view materialistic things as joy when that is not the case at all. Love the tips on how to make changes in your day to day life that will help you live a full meaningful life. I already feel the difference in my self so good I laughed, I cried I'm so grateful for this book!

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    Mason 10-04-16
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    "True Page Turner! Hehehehe!"

    The energy in this book is very contagious, enlightening, powerful, inspiring, a breath of fresh air! The moments that i didn't have a chance to listen to this book i actually became irritable. i listened to it every chance i had. Very uplifting and insightful! although its long, i would definitely listen to it a few times. there was so many points of interest that you could clip but they were too close together. That's why it would be very easy to re-listen to it and grow. Highly recommended. Excellent read!

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    "Profound."

    I found this book at a point in my life that was full of anxiety, stress and self doubt. Every chapter held me present and allowed me to focus on what is important, not the past, not the future but the present moment. Beautifully narrated and full of JOY.

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    Troutbumdsb 10-31-16
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    Greatly enjoyed the wisdom of these men. Especially learned about the importance of having humility , gratitude, and sense of humor. Everyone will benefit from this book!

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    "A Perspective and Life Changing Book"

    This book is amazing! Best purchase of 2016 hands down! I am the happiest person I know and this book made me even happier! :-) A compilation of life lessons from two of the worlds top spiritual leaders, who combined, have over 160 years of life. Despite the fact that they represent perspectives of two different religions, they compliment each other beautifully. Both leaders come from extremely violent environments... yet exude love and compassion without exception. Tutu prayed for the oppressors in South Africa and the Dalai Lama found beauty in being exiled from his home for over 50 years now. Read this book and any problems you think you have, any anger you hold towards others, will be calmed. Both leaders end with meditations and prayers to improve your life as well as the life of those around you. Buy this book... I'm about to listen to it again. ;-)

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    "Wow. A life changing book"

    This book is wonderful. I think I'll go broke buying it for everyone I know. It's life changing while having moments of laughter followed by moments of crying. This book even as a DIY how-to at the end. I'm wowed!

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    "Awesome book! Thank you!"

    This book is grate, filled with wisdom and grate teachings. Thank you for publishing. I would recommend this book for all humanity.

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    Andra V. 12-04-16
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    "Great inspiration fo all of us"

    A wonderfull book, filled with true stories of finding joy and cimpassion through the most trying of times. An inspiration for everyone.

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