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Book of Joy Book Club: Perspective

Join the University Libraries as we come together as a community to read and celebrate the 2023-2024 Buffs One Read, The Book of Joy. In the Book of Joy, readers are invited to explore wise teachings from his holiness the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu on joy, the science of joy, and joy practices. They offer eight pillars of joy, four of the mind and four of the heart. Each book club gathering will concentrate on one of these pillars.

During this session, we’ll engage with the chapter Perspective: There are many different angles. Citing the experience of the Dalai Lama’s exile, survivors of Auschwitz, and wounded soldiers, the authors explore how those experiencing suffering have been able to shift their perspectives, the first pillar of the mind. They encourage readers to take a long view of situations and to look upon the situation from at least six different angles, thereby, letting go of our initial, perhaps negative, response. Frequently, the authors claim, we default to looking at a situation from a self-centered perspective. We may feel less isolated and alone, if we can see that others are suffering with us. An empathetic and broader perspective permits us to see our interdependence and will ultimately lead towards humility, humor, and acceptance, the authors suggest.

Please feel welcome to attend whether you’ve read the chapter or not. You may read the chapter in the Libraries ebook or explore a chapter summary in our community course!

This event is a part of a series of guided mindfulness practices and book clubs offered in celebration of 23-24 Buffs One Read, sponsored by the University Libraries, the Renee Crown Wellness Institute, and the Contemplative Resource Center.

Related LibGuide: Buffs One Read 2023-2024: Book of Joy by Caroline Sinkinson

Wednesday, September 13, 2023
12:00pm - 12:50pm
Norlin E113
Norlin Library
  Learning & Engagement  
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Caroline Sinkinson