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“There are going to be frustrations in life. The question is not: How do I escape?

It is: How can I use this as something positive?” 

​“Suffering is inevitable...but how we respond to that suffering is our choice. Not even oppression or occupation can take away this freedom to choose our response. Right” 

Dalai Lama XIV, The Book of Joy

​​​​​​​The Book of Joy 

by HH Dali Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

with Douglas Abrams                             

Co-author Douglas Abrams summarizes a rich and delightful week-long conversation between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who came together in April 2015 in Dharamsala, India to celebrate the 80th birthday of His Holiness.  In the midst of laughter and tears, the two spiritual leaders grapple with the enduring question:  How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?

Despite their years of hardship--decades of exile (for the Dalai Lama, from his homeland of Tibet) or violence and racism (as Tutu experienced in South Africa), these two Nobel Laureates nonetheless lead lives of exceeding joy.   In The Book of Joy, the two men emphasize a shift in perspective—from oneself and toward others, from anguish to compassion, from counting your burdens to counting your blessings.  They also share the daily Joy Practices that anchor their own spiritual and emotional lives.

It is the authors' hope that their time together, and this book, will create a lasting gift for others.  In selecting this book, the VYCR hopes to inspire conversations we might otherwise not have. Please join us this year in reading The Book of Joy.

As events and activities for VYCR 2018 take shape, we will update this page. Please check back soon for more information, or join our Facebook Group

Click HERE for an interesting review of The Book of JOY.




Thursday, April 5, 2018 

Friends of the Library Book Club Meeting

6:30 pm, Morse Conference Room, Colusa County Library

The Friends of the Library Book Club is reading The Book of Joy, and will be discussing the book at their meeting on Thursday, April 5. Everyone is welcome. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018, Virginia Read Day

Details to be announced soon.


Thanks to generous donations from our community, Virginia Read events are free of charge.