According to the information of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in their face-to-face conversation at His Holiness's residence in Dharamshala, on Monday, April 20, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu discussed methods for creating and finding more joy or happiness in the world.
The Tutus were accompanied by Doug Abrams and other members of Human Journey, a new initiative co-founded by Archbishop Tutu and Abrams committed to spreading the African understanding of ubuntu—the realization that each of us thrives only when all of us thrive.
This morning, His Holiness met with Archbishop Tutu at his residence to hold the first of several conversations that Abrams plans to shape into the 'Book of Joy'.
This will be modelled on the earlier 'Book of Forgiving' that the Archbishop wrote with his daughter Mpho.
The two spiritual leaders laughed a great deal as they explored what joy is in terms of happiness, love and compassion. Archbishop Tutu pointed out that despite the pain involved in giving birth, mothers cradle the newborn with joy.
He challenged His Holiness to explain how he remains so joyful in the face of trouble and His Holiness replied by quoting the Indian philosopher who said that you need to assess the situation and if something can be done, there's no need to worry. What you need to do is take action. and if there's nothing to be done, worrying won't help.
On Saturday, April 18 His Holiness the Dalai Lama went to Kangra Airport to receive his old friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho and welcome them to Dharamshala.