April Book Choice
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing WorldBy Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams
In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They 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?
They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.
We get to listen 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. 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.
Even if you cannot attend the meeting and discuss the book, you still can read and learn just for yourself.
Available from Amazon as an e-reader, a hard copy, or an audible.
Upcoming Meetings & Books
Wednesdays 6:30–8 pm
Interested in delving into conversations that you can only scrape the surface of with your teacher and fellow students during a class? Want a way to get more involved with the community?
Come gather with fellow like-minded friends for the YAF Book Club, hosted by Laura Jane Mellencamp and Shaun Emerson. Open to all who are interested in reading and discussing a broad range of books related to the teachings of yoga—the ancient texts, yoga-related memoirs and fiction, asana guides, and yoga teaching, among other possible topics, including spiritual growth and community.
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