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The Book of Joy

Reading, Discussion and Meditation Group

led by Ven Carolyn Lawler

Mondays, 7.30 – 9pm, March 20 – May 22 (no meeting on Easter Monday or April 29)

Please note that this group has been extended by one week till May 22.

The Book of Joy


How do we live a life of joy in the face of adversity?

“Spend a breathtaking [time] in deep dialogue and playful laughter with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. “Join two of the most joyful people on the planet—who are also beloved friends—and share their hard-won wisdom of finding enduring happiness and joy in the face of life’s challenges.”

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This is one of those books you’ll want to have in your library…

The kind you revisit from time to time…

…the kind that you put multiple bookmarks in…

…the kind that adds some uplifting inspiration to your day…



The Subject was Joy

“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.

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 times, and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.”

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Read, Discuss and Meditate on Joy

Enjoy community discussion, sharing and guided meditations from The Book of Joy. Be inspired to look at life a little differently, to make changes in your own life, in these uncertain times. Strengthen your inner good heart and prepare to be moved by these two modern-day genuine spiritual practitioners and simply good, warm-hearted human beings, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


The Occasion was a BIG Birthday

“In April 2015, Archbishop Desmond Tutu travelled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create this book as 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?”

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Make the time…

Reading this book is a gift to yourself, your family, your friends, your co-workers…

Actually it is a way that an individual can contribute to world peace…




Ven Carolyn Lawler

Originally from the UK, Venerable Carolyn has been a Tibetan Buddhist nun for 28 years, and also has a profound respect for all of the major world religions. Ven Carolyn has found The Book of Joy inspiring and full of practical techniques, meditations and tips for changing one’s inner mental attitude so that one can experience more joy in daily life. Ven Carolyn is happy to lead this discussion and meditation group. Everyone is welcome! No prior experience of meditation necessary to join in.


There is a Facility Fee of $10 per evening.

The book: A hardback copy of The Book of Joy costs $30. We specially ordered quite a few copies for this event.

Class Special: Pay the facility fee for all 8 evenings at once ($80) and get the book completely free!

Are you a Dharma Friend Monthly Contributor? For Dorje Chang Institute Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors the facility fee is free for the evening sessions, although you are welcome to make a donation if you wish. The book costs $28 for Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors. Thank you for your ongoing monthly support.

Payment Methods: Payment can be made with cash, cheque, internet banking or credit card via secure Paypal on our website.

How do I join?

Easy to join and open to all!

If you want to join, we recommend signing up using the button below. You will have an opportunity to reserve your copy of The Book of Joy. Alternatively you can give us a call on 09 8288776. Or if you would like to just drop in on one of the Monday evenings and try it out, you can also do that.

Parking and Where to Go

Is this your first time visiting Dorje Chang Institute?


Dorje Chang Institute is located at 56 Powell Street, Avondale, just off of Blockhouse Bay Road. We are at the very end of Powell Street on the left hand side.

If arriving by car, we recommend parking down in our private carpark. When you reach the end of Powell Street and go down to the slight hill to the cul-de-sac we are on the left hand side. There are two driveways one on the left of the main building and one on the right. Take the second driveway (just to the right of the main building) – there is a sign indicating parking down that driveway. The driveway goes down a hill to our parking lot. Then you can walk up around the back of the building where you will see a courtyard. In the courtyard there are stairs leading up to the upper level where the Library and Meditation Hall are. Please come on up.

If arriving on foot or by bicycle you can either come in the front red doors or walk around to the back of the building where you will see a courtyard. In the courtyard there are stairs leading up to the upper level where the Library and Meditation Hall are. Please come on up.

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