Practicing The 8 Pillars of Joy

How do we cultivate a life of lasting “Joy” that isn’t dependent on temporary happiness or things going our way?  Where should we go to find that elusive inner “Joy” that isn’t dependent on outside circumstances?  We are practicing the 8 Pillars of Joy as outlined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama in their best-selling book, The Book of Joy .  (You can find a summary of the Pillars of Joy online here.) Please note: this is a Handouts-only class.

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Our perspective has a powerful impact on the way we feel about ourselves and the world- and it is the first step to a life of lasting joy.


Cultivating a posture of ‘humility’ is a key foundation toward a life of lasting joy and equanimity, as well as our efforts to love others as ourselves.


Humor that does not mock or belittle brings us closer together, and can diffuse tense situations. Humor helps us see our common humanity.


As we grow in our spiritual life, we also grow in our ability to accept what life deals us.  When we no longer need to be in control, true joy can flourish. 


Without forgiveness, we are bound to those who harmed us and imprisoned to our resentments. Choosing forgiveness is the path to freedom…and joy.


Gratitude is fundamental to Joy because it can quite literally allows us to generate our own happiness.


Of all the Pillars of Joy, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu agree that the last two, Compassion and Generosity, are perhaps most central. Compassion for others – including self-compassion – is empathy in action and the birthplace true happiness.


Why is it more blessed to give than to receive?  Made in the image of the self-giving God, we too are fundamentally complimentary.  We’re not meant to be so constantly in competition with one another.  Generosity helps us return to our fundamental nature and in so doing, we thrive!