Be Inspired Book Discussions @ A Good Space: The Book of Joy


This event is part of the Be Inspired program at A Good Space, Where People of Purpose Play. It transforms ordinary spaces into places of purpose by convening catalysts to invent, innovate, intersect and inspire communities.

The Book:

The Book Of Joy is the result of a 7-day meeting between the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, two of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders, during which they discussed one of life’s most important questions: how do we find joy despite suffering?

In 2015, Desmond Tutu, a former South African Archbishop and anti-apartheid pioneer, traveled to Dharamsala, a place in India and home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for his 80th birthday. Both have fought non-violently against oppression in their countries for over 50 years, while leading millions of people in their spiritual journeys. Hence, they took this special occasion as a chance to sit down together and evaluate one of life’s most important questions: how do we find joy in the face of suffering?

Indeed, a long sit-down it was. Tutu stayed for seven days, during which he and the Dalai Lama intensely discussed this issue. Douglas Abrams, Tutu’s long-time co-writer and editor, documented the conversation, so that one year later, their answers would be available to the rest of the world in the form of a book, The Book Of Joy.

The Discussion

This book discussion will center on four tenets (found in the book) that deeply resonated with the facilitator, Lee Meichuen.

The first tenet is that Altruism and fellow feeling leads to True Joy!

The second tenet says that True Joy is an inner state of being, unaffected by external events. The Dalai Lama and the Archbishop have faced much hardship and ordeals but are two very joyous people indeed!

The third tenet is when The Dalai Lama advocates that spiritual values and virtues ought to be inculcated in our young. At present, the emphasis is on Economic and Academic education. This is essential for earning a livelihood. But the question 'How should we live life?' is addressed when we talk and act on values of the heart and soul (spiritual and social studies).

Meichuen will also delve into a chapter called "Perspective: There are Many Different Angles". In this insightful chapter, it is stated that the way we see the world, the meaning given to what we witness, changes the way we feel....Perspective...holds the key to happiness.... . (p. 196, ibid) (paraphrased)

It promises to be an exciting and enlightening discussion!

About The Facilitator

Lee Mei Chuen has been an independent speaker, teacher and writer for most of her life. She has a Bachelors Degree in English and Sociology from Cornell College, Iowa, USA. She also did postgraduate work in Literary Studies at University of Oregon.

She is a passionate skills-based volunteer in several organisations. She finds untold joy and peace in her volunteering journey as facilitator of book discussions at A Good Space.

Sat Mar 3, 2018
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SGT
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