The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

What a joy! To read, share, explore, and experience The Book of Joy with friends! The 2016 New York Times bestseller, by Nobel Peace Prize and Templeton Prize laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, with Douglas Abrams, documents the extraordinary friendship between the two great spiritual leaders. The result of a five-day meeting of two great minds and hearts, The Book of Joy is “a universal book supported not only by wisdom and tradition but also by science.” The Archbishop’s and The Dalai Lama’s teachings on joy in the midst of adversity, our common humanity and interdependence, supported by scientific research, are especially timely.

Weekly meetings will include discussion and practices for cultivating joy. Please purchase the book before August 30th and, if possible, complete the Week 1 reading prior to our first online meeting.

Act Like a Holy Man

A feature-length documentary about Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama’s intersecting life stories and the lessons they have learned — often through suffering — about the nature of joy and happiness, is in the works.

$500,000 Templeton Grant awarded for Act Like a Holy Man

Reading Schedule

Week 1: August 30

Invitation to Joy; Introduction; Arrival
Reading ix-24
Joy Practices 309-312

Week 2: September 6

The Nature of Joy
Reading 29-78
Joy Practices 345-348

Week 3: September 13

Obstacles to Joy: Fear, Anger, Sadness, Despair, Loneliness
Reading 83-133
Joy Practices 312-322

Week 4: September 20

Obstacles to Joy: Envy, Adversity, Illness and Death
Reading 135-188
Joy Practices 322-328

Week 5: September 27

8 Pillars of Joy: Perspective, Humility, Humor, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Gratitude
Reading 193-249
Joy Practices 329-337

Week 6: October 4

8 Pillars of Joy: Compassion, Generosity
Reading 251-305
Joy Practices 337-345

Important Note

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom which is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. You will need a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login a few minutes earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

After registering, the system automatically sends you a confirmation email and a receipt email (if applicable) that contain the Zoom meeting link and other instructions if any. If you don’t immediately receive the email(s) with the Zoom information, or you have questions about Zoom or accessing the class online, please contact us at [email protected].

Registration / Schedule

Suggested: $20 per session, $108 for all 6-weeks

Other offering option: free to $30 per session

The suggested amount helps support teacher offerings and expenses, direct costs and rent. Shantideva member discounts or benefits will be applied automatically if you have a membership in MindBody. 

Time zone: US Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC-4) ends Oct 31. US Eastern Standard Time (GMT/UTC-5) starts Nov 1.

For questions regarding registration, please email [email protected] for assistance.

About the Facilitator

Janna Weiss currently practices acupuncture and teaches mind science in New York City. She holds a PhD from the University of Texas Austin in Biological Sciences – Botany (ethnobotany). Janna is also a human rights activist and blogger, for peace, for Tibet and for the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities. Janna began studying Tibetan Buddhism with Dharma Friends of Israel in 2005.