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Summer Reading 2020: ◦ The Book of Joy

Here's why Katina chose The Book of Joy...

Two Spiritual Giants. Five Days. One question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering? 

Hey Urban! I think everyone should read this book, and at any time of their lives (I recommended it before COVID-19.) It is a pleasant and easy read, full of colorful metaphors, humor, generous narratives and personal anecdotes. The friendship that Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama have is like a brotherhood - their conversations are not only enlightening, they are playful, funny, humble and loving. Join me!

About the book

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu

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 eighties, they especially want to spread the core message that to have joy yourself, you must bring joy to others.




"...offers hope that joy is possible for everyone even in the most difficult circumstances, and describes a clear path for attaining it." - Publishers Weekly

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About the reader

  Katina Papson-Rigby, Director of Service Learning

This is Katina's first summer read recommendation!