The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams

Herby Guerrie
7 min readSep 1, 2021
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The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams focuses on ways to cultivate joy in the face of widespread human suffering on both, on a personal and collective levels.

The Book of Joy was published on September 20, 2016, by Penguin Books and became an instant New York Times bestseller.

The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu, have devoted their lives to alleviates suffering and helping others find peace and joy.

On the occasion of the Dalai Lama’s eightieth birthday in 2015, the Dalai Lama and Tutu agreed to meet in Dharamshala, India to convened a dialogue on joy.

Without further delays, here are the 8 main takeaways from the book of joy.

The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abram, Summary and notes.

Although they have only met a handful of times, they’ve shared a close relationship of mutual affection and respect, each regarding the other as his “mischievous spiritual brother.”

During the week in Dharamshala, India. The two men found themselves in overwhelming agreement concerning most subjects related to lasting joy and the role that human suffering plays in developing a joyous and happy mindset.

The Key Takeaways

1. Joy is the fundamental essence of all humans. It can be nurtured and developed.

The Dalai Lama believes, Joy is an essential part of every human being’s existence.

Unfortunately, people are often distracted by external forces, such as painful events or the acquisition of material goods that often leads to unintended suffering and misery.

But It’s important to realize people can achieve joy by undertaking a daily practice of meditation. And consciously developing compassion for themselves and others.

2. Gaining a perspective on pain and suffering is an…



Herby Guerrie

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