Tutu and the Dalai Lama share their joy
“Our world is not beyond hope … join us in creating a world where love and joy win,” writes South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a new book to be released early in October.
The Book of Joy is based on a momentous meeting between Tutu and His Holiness Dalai Lama last year at the latter’s home in Dharamsala, in the Indian Himalayas.
The friends spent a week in deep dialogue discussing how people can find lasting joy in an uncertain world, and reflecting on their own personal experiences and history. The result is a book filled with their wisdom.
“We came together to speak about how we can find joy even in the face of great suffering,” Tutu said and the book is aimed at sharing their insights.
Publisher Penguin Random House publicist Dominique le Grange said the world was facing a tremendous challenge, “many are experiencing unprecedented levels of anger, divisiveness, pain, fear, suffering and isolation”.
“The Dalai Lama and the Archbishop – two men who have endured true suffering – hope to show, in these dark times, that joy and compassion will always win and to show how we can discover joy in the face of adversity and suffering,” Le Grange said.
The book is being released along with a social media initiative #ShareTheJoy, which asks encourages people to make a short video on their smartphone about what gives them joy, and to share it on social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more, using #ShareTheJoy.
Tutu himself is urging people around the world to take part in the campaign, and stars in a brief video outlining why he believes this is important.
“Our goal is to turn this moment into a larger movement that brings the world together … We’re asking people the world over to help us shine a light in the darkness and not let fear, hate or division have the last word,” Le Grange said.
“We are hoping to reach millions with this movement – in the UK we have confirmed support from Richard Branson, Alanis Morissette, Ariana Huffington, Brene Brown, Susan Cain and more … ”