This summary gives a glimpse of how to have joy from the eyes of 3 world renown people. Learning about joy is beneficial and the summary was well written. There were just enough examples of what the authors are saying about having joy that entices the reader to want to read more! I received an advanced copy of this title.
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu have spent their lives in the pursuit of peace. In The Book of Joy, the two met for several days and held discussions on how to cultivate joy in the midst of human suffering. Their conversation was transcribed by author Douglas Abrams. Summary, Analysis & Review of The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu from Instaread is a comprehensive overview of the book. It offers somewhat detailed discussions of the main themes, and backgrounds of the two principals and how, despite approaching the subject from divergent religious viewpoints, they have come to much the same conclusions on the importance of meditation on joy. This brief summary can be read in less than 15 minutes. After reading it, you’ll have a good idea of the content and worth of the book, enabling an informed decision on whether or not to buy it.
This is in a way a summary of a summary. The original of this is a week long conversation between Tutu and the Dalai Lama, which was compiled into book form. That book is summarized here.
The main topic is joy. The ideas presented are:
1- Joy is fundamental. 2- Joy needs to gain perspective on pain and suffering in order to be cultivated. 3- Joy needs compassion. 4- Joy grows with meditation and reflection. 5- Joy can be found in finding meaning in suffering. 6- Joy can be found in relying on others. 7- One can, and must, accept reality as it is while trying to affect change internally and externally. 8- Healing from trauma requires forgiveness.
This is an excellent summary, though not a sufficient substitute for the main book. It is enough for a reader with casual interest, or one who simply wants a high level overview. It is an excellent supplementary text, expounding on and elucidating the points of the original, and its best served in that role. I enjoyed it.
This is an overview of the actual “The Book of Joy.“ Kind of like an abbreviated ‘Cliff's Notes’ for the FULL book. It provides a potential reader enough information regarding the original’s content to determine if we want to invest the money and time to actually purchase and read the entire printed copy or E-version. If you are looking for wisdom & philosophy, this book offers a peek at a few thoughts by the Dalai Lama from a personal conference with Desmond Tutu, that took place in 2015 ... and was very "spiritual" in nature. At .99 cents, this overview provides a good service and is one of the chief reasons I have personally found “Instaread” to be a valuable tool.