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Mindful Readers' Book Club: "The Book of Joy"

We are fragile creatures, and it is from this weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of true joy.
— Desmond Tutu

The Mindful Readers’ Book Club has returned for a 7-week series delving into the practice of cultivating joy in everyday life.

Equal parts meditation group and book club, the Mindful Readers’ Book Club is a way to read together, connect, and then practice the qualities of mindfulness in our lives. Our summer series had us learning about Real Love by Sharon Salzberg and now we carry on with The Book of Joy.

In each class we will spend time meditating but mostly we will contemplate the book’s content and relevance in our lives. Books are not provided, please bring your own copy in any format you like. Drop ins are welcome. The book will be read on the following schedule. Before the class meets, please read:

12/5 Class 1: Introduction/Arrival (pp. ix - 24) and Joy Practices (pp. 307 - 348)

12/19 Class 2: The Nature of True Joy (pp. 29 - 78)

1/2 Class 3: The Obstacles to Joy (pp. 83 - 133)

1/16 Class 4: The Obstacles to Joy, cont. (pp. 135 - 188)

1/30 Class 5: The Eight Pillars of Joy (pp. 193 - 239)

2/13 Class 6: The Eight Pillars of Joy, cont. (pp. 241 - 275) plus Celebration and Departure (pp. 277 - 305)

2/27 Class 7: Final discussion and take-aways from the book as a whole


From the book jacket: “Nobel Peace Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu survived more than 50 years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.

In April, 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate Hi Holiness’s 80th 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 times and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.

This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecedented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.

We get to listen in 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 a lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share the daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.

All classes meet every other Wednesday from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on these dates:

12/5, 12/19, 1/2, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, and 2/27

Cost: $40 Series

$10 Drop In

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