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Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu's 10-Week Course Unstoppable Joy

Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu's 10-Week Course Unstoppable Joy

It is inevitable that we will encounter difficulties in life. However, it is possible to transform these challenges into valuable lessons that can aid us in leading a more joyful life, even when confronted with adversity.

We can examine the lives of two notable spiritual leaders, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, for guidance.

Both leaders, despite facing significant challenges, prioritize maintaining a positive attitude. Their actions, words, and wisdom have had a positive impact on the lives of millions of people globally.

What is their strategy for maintaining a positive mindset despite challenges?

The Book of Joy, a New York Times bestseller, explores the 8 pillars of joy as discussed by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. These pillars are qualities of the heart and mind that individuals can develop to enhance their daily experience of joy.

The Archbishop and the Dalai Lama met to discuss various topics in the documentary film Mission: JOY, which has received critical acclaim, before the Archbishop's passing in 2021.

Presenting The Unstoppable Joy course, which includes powerful documentary footage of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu, along with teachings from author Douglas Abrams, Dr. Thupten Jinpa, and The Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth, to assist you in applying these transformative lessons to your life.

This course provides valuable insights and practices that can cultivate lasting joy in all seasons, regardless of prior exposure to the book or documentary.

This program includes.

The footage features conversations between the Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu discussing the true nature of joy.

Further teachings from Thupten Jinpa, PhD, Reverend Mpho Tutu van Furth, and Douglas Abrams are provided, offering guidance on applying these transformative lessons to your daily life.

The event includes live components that promote community and inspire change, such as a watch party of the award-winning documentary Mission: JOY, which is based on the book and can be streamed on Netflix.

Plus more!

What you’ll learn

The 8 pillars of joy are essential qualities of the heart and mind. By embodying them, you can experience a steadfast inner calm every day.

This guide provides strategies for managing and overcoming obstacles to joy, such as fear, stress, anger, grief, and illness, which can sometimes weigh us down and create burdens.

This book offers effective strategies to incorporate the 8 pillars of joy into your life and apply them in times of need.

Learn how to cultivate a lasting sense of joy, allowing you to feel grounded, purposeful, and playful in any situation life presents.

Connect with a community of course participants who are seeking joy and want to increase the amount of joy in their lives and in the world.

A comprehensive curriculum on increasing happiness.

Each module includes teachings from the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu, followed by discussions to help you apply the teachings for inner peace, happiness, and well-being.

There will be a virtual opening event and watch party.

Meet Douglas Abrams, Dr. Jinpa, and Rev. Please set your intentions for the Unstoppable Joy journey and join us for a live, interactive watch party of the film Mission: JOY. Note that residents of the UK, Germany/Austria/Sud-Tirol, Taiwan, and Japan cannot participate in the watch party due to licensing restrictions.

Guided Practices to Support Each Lesson

In each module, after exploring each pillar of joy in depth, Douglas Abrams, Dr. Jinpa, and Rev. Tutu van Furth will provide practical guidance on applying these transformative lessons to your everyday life.

Self-Reflection Journaling and Action Prompts

Every week, there are recommended activities for reflecting on your learning, the current presence of each pillar of joy in your life, and where you would like to increase your joy in the future.

Connect with a Global Community of Joy Seekers

On the Unstoppable Joy community platform, participants can connect with others from around the world, discuss course material, share their learning, and provide support to each other.

The closing event and Q&A for the LIVE Virtual "Celebration of Joy" will take place.

Join together with the entire community and your course guides—Douglas Abrams, Dr. Jinpa, and Rev. Tutu van Furth is available to provide insights, answer questions, and help you set intentions for maintaining joy in all areas of your life. A recording of the event will be provided.

Get to know the guides of the course.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and Tibetan Buddhism. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the US Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. He was born in a small village in northeastern Tibet in 1935 and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama. He has been an advocate for a secular universal approach to cultivating fundamental human values.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the archbishop emeritus of South Africa, died on December 26, 2021, at the age of 90. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. In 1995, Tutu was appointed as the chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Nelson Mandela. He introduced a fresh approach for nations to progress following civil conflict and oppression. Archbishop Tutu is considered a prominent moral figure and a symbol of hope.

Douglas Abrams

Doug Abrams is a successful author, editor, literary agent, and film producer. He is the founder and president of Idea Architects, a book and media agency that assists visionaries in creating a more wise, healthy, and just world. He has collaborated on The Book of Joy with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, as well as with other Nobel Laureates, including Nelson Mandela.

Thupten Jinpa, PhD

Thupten Jinpa, PhD, is the founder and chairman of Compassion Institute and the principal author of Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT©), which was developed at Stanford University. Jinpa received training as a monk at the Shartse College of Ganden Monastic University in South India, and he attained the Geshe Lharam degree. Since 1985, he has served as the principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and has worked on many books in collaboration with the Dalai Lama.

The Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth

Reverend Mpho Andrea Tutu van Furth is a South African Anglican priest, author, public speaker, and activist. She held the position of founding director at the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and served as executive director from 2011 to 2016. She has written several books, including The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World and Tutu: The Authorised Portrait.

Who this course is for?

  • This course is for those who are having difficulties in life.
  • This course is for those who are looking for the secret to living happily in the face of adversity.


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