Cultivating Joy

Cultivating Joy in the Midst of Suffering

An 8-Week No Cost Book Study 
to meditate on & discuss the eight pillars of joy
based on
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu
with Douglas Abrams

Tuesdays, April 14 – May 26
12:30 – 2:30 pm & 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Mindfulness Classroom @ Meditation Chapel

Publisher’s Notes on The Book of Joy

“In April 2015, Archbishop Desmond Tutu travelled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s 80th birthday and to create this book as 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 reveal how to live a life brimming with joy.”

Eight Pillars of Joy

Joy is a byproduct. “If you set out and say, I want to be happy, clenching your teeth with determination, this is the quickest way of missing the bus,” explains the Archbishop. To feel joy, we must cultivate “the positive qualities that allow us to experience more joy.”

His Holiness and the Archbishop identified eight positive qualities that increase joy. They call these the eight pillars of joy. The first four pillars are qualities of the mind. The next four are qualities of the heart.

  • Qualities of the Mind
    • Perspective
    • Humility
    • Humor
    • Acceptance
  • Qualities of the Heart
    • Forgiveness
    • Gratitude
    • Compassion
    • Generosity

What to Expect

Each week we will meditate on and discuss one of the eight pillars of joy from The Book of Joy. Meditations will come from a variety of Christian and Buddhist sources. Discussions will be facilitated by Sandra Miller, MSW, LCSW. Between group meetings, participants will be asked to meditate daily and maintain a daily joy journal. Suggested meditations and journal prompts will be provided.


Book StudyCultivating Joy in the Midst of Suffering

Book: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
Authors: His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Dates: Tuesdays, April 14 – May 26, 2020
Time: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm (CDT)
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (CDT)
Where: The Mindfulness Classroom of Meditation Chapel
Maximum Enrollment: 16 participants per class
Instructor: Sandra Miller, MSW, LCSW
To Register: Register Here


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