The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

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Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question.

 
Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.

In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering?

They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.

This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecendented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.

We get to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy—from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.

The Archbishop has never claimed sainthood, and the Dalai Lama considers himself a simple monk. In this unique collaboration, they offer us the reflection of real lives filled with pain and turmoil in the midst of which they have been able to discover a level of peace, of courage, and of joy to which we can all aspire in our own lives.
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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan People and of Tibetan Buddhism. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the US Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. Born in 1935 to a poor farming family in northeastern Tibet he was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama. He has been a passionate advocate for a secular universal approach to cultivating fundamental human values. For over three decades the Dalai Lama has maintained an ongoing conversation and collaboration with scientists from a wide range of disciplines, especially through the Mind and Life Institute, an organization that he co-founded. The Dalai Lama travels extensively, promoting kindness and compassion, interfaith understanding, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace. He lives in exile in Dharamsala, India. For more information, please visit www.dalailama.com.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Southern Africa, became a prominent leader in the crusade for justice and racial reconciliation in South Africa. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. In 1994, Tutu was appointed chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Nelson Mandela, where he pioneered a new way for countries to move forward after experiencing civil conflict and oppression. He was the founding chair of The Elders, a group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights. Archbishop Tutu is regarded as a leading moral voice and an icon of hope. Throughout his life, he has cared deeply about the needs of people around the world, teaching love and compassion for all. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information please visit tutu.org.za.

Douglas Abrams is an author, editor, and literary agent. He is the founder and president of Idea Architects, a creative book and media agency helping visionaries to create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. He is also the co-founder with Pam Omidyar and Desmond Tutu of HumanJourney.com, a public benefit company working to share life-changing and world-changing ideas. Doug has worked with Desmond Tutu as his cowriter and editor for over a decade, and before founding his own literary agency, he was a senior editor at HarperCollins and also served for nine years as the religion editor at the University of California Press. He believes strongly in the power of books and media to catalyze the next stage of global evolutionary culture. He lives in Santa Cruz, California. For more information, please visit ideaarchitects.com and humanjourney.com.


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Sep 20, 2016
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達賴喇嘛極度推崇

斷除源於人生本質的苦痛

就從讀、誦、寫《心經》開始

讀誦寫《心經》來觀照空性,是克服煩惱的強而有力的方法

達賴喇嘛經常往返各個國家講述大乘佛教聖典《心經》。這部經典幾乎所有佛教徒都能琅琅背誦,並於世界廣為流傳。《心經》好比是人體的「心臟」,在佛教典籍中占有相當崇高的地位,達賴喇嘛相當重視這部經典。本書即是他以《心經》為基礎,透過深入淺出地解說,讓讀者了解什麼是宗教?又何謂佛法?並精闢闡釋佛家經典的中心思想,鼓勵人們從日常生活中觀照《心經》。

達賴喇嘛於本書開頭即說道:「生氣與仇恨會破壞我們的平靜。慈悲、寬恕、手足情誼、知足和自律,則是外在與內在平靜的基礎。唯有強化這些內在特質,才可能擁有真正而持久的平靜。」當我們讀誦並努力了解《心經》的深意時,不僅可慢慢感受皈依佛陀的深刻情操,還能從中找到真正讓內心強大而寧靜的力量。

對於想更進一步理解佛教智慧,或是常感煩躁、困惑及強烈欲望和憤怒的人,建議不妨和達賴喇嘛一起,從讀誦《心經》開始,找回內在的平和。

◎達賴喇嘛的心經智慧◎

★如果我們仔細檢視強烈的欲望或憤怒,就會發現這些情緒源自我們對境界的貪執。如果進一步分析,將可以發現對境界的貪執,是根源於對「我」或「自我」的貪執。

★當人們在尋找快樂和克服痛苦時,擁有一項非常重要的能力:聰明才智。聰明才智幫助我們找到快樂、解除痛苦,卻也製造問題。也就是說,由聰明才智引發的不快樂,僅能從聰明才智本身來減輕。因此,合理地運用我們的聰明才智是很重要的。心的特質,能把聰明才智轉變成強大的積極力量,讓心更為寬廣,甚至當意外或災難發生時,我們才能不受影響、維持鎮定。

★生氣與仇恨會破壞我們內心的平靜。慈悲、寬恕、手足情誼、知足和自律則是我們外在與內在平靜的基礎。唯有強化這些內在特質,才可能擁有真正而持久的平靜。這是我所謂的內在成長,我有時也會說成內在裁軍。事實上,在這個社會的所有面向中,從家庭、社會到政治,內在裁軍正是現在人們最需要的。

作者簡介

達賴喇嘛(His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso)

第14世達賴喇嘛,為西藏人民和藏傳佛教的精神和政治領袖,亦為全球崇敬之佛教大成就者。

本名丹增嘉措,1935年7月6日生於西藏安多的貧窮農家,兩歲時被認定為第13世達賴喇嘛轉世。1959年西藏局勢丕變,流亡至印度至今,並於印度北部的達蘭薩拉成立流亡政府。

精通西藏佛法中各派信仰,具各派傳承,亦十分尊敬其他宗教。長年主張以和平方式為西藏爭取宗教與文化自由,經常走訪世界各地,與各領域學者對話及合作。暢談慈悲、寬恕、跨信仰理解、尊重自然環境,以及世界和平等普世價值,廣獲各界敬重與肯定,於1989年獲頒諾貝爾和平獎,2007年獲頒美國國會金質獎。

五十多年來不辭辛勞,以溫和精煉的話語,將佛教教義遍傳世界,澤被眾生,著作已達五十餘部。

譯者簡介

鄭振煌  居士

1945年生於台南,台大外文系畢業,政大新聞研究所碩士。現任中華維鬘學會名譽理事長、中華佛教居士會副理事長、淨覺僧伽大學大乘研究所所長。

致力推展居士菩薩道及佛教現代化、國際化、學術化、生活化。長年於海內外主持佛學講座、研習營及禪修營。翻譯藏傳、南傳佛教英文書籍,也將漢傳佛教等典籍譯為英文,並曾為達賴喇嘛、顙東仁波切、一行禪師等大師擔任口譯。2007年創立社團法人中華維鬘學會,擔任理事長,於2013年卸任,任名譽理事長迄今。

主要譯作:《西藏生死書》《當修行者遇見大師》《達賴喇嘛談心經》《認識藏傳佛教》《心靈神醫》《菩提樹的心木》《聖道修行》等四十餘部。

目錄

序  從僧人的低吟聲中觀照空性、克服煩惱  格西圖登金巴

第一篇.佛法概述

Chapter 1 追求內在成長

Chapter 2 今日世界的宗教

多樣教法和路徑

保留原有的傳統

分享彼此的傳統

取法其他的傳統

Chapter 3 佛教的基礎

佛教的特質

佛陀

初轉法輪

十二緣起

煩惱

苦因的息滅

Chapter 4 大乘

大乘佛法

龍樹與大乘

大乘的起源

Chapter 5 從苦中解脫

苦與慈悲

整合所有教法

 

第二篇.心經

《心經》的經文

Chapter 6 序分

大般若經

經題與皈敬文

教法的起源

空與色

Chapter 7 入菩薩道

觀自在菩薩

善男子與善女人

佛性

諸法實相

Chapter 8 無我觀

勝義菩提心

無我觀

四法印

Chapter 9 空性的詮釋

二無我

唯識說

了義與不了義

中觀說

兩種中觀學派

空性與緣起

Chapter 10 發展無倒正見

遮無自性

了解二諦

詮釋的傳統

空性與「八不」

Chapter 11 證果

一切法空

涅槃

般若波羅蜜多心咒

《心經》的隱義

迴向

 

第三篇.菩薩道

Chapter 12 生起菩提心

漸修道

七重因果

自他平等與自他交換

自利與利他的抉擇

施受法

生起菩提心

 

後 記  為了給下一代更公正、祥和的世界

附 錄  《般若心經釋:善明句義》

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