This Fall Quarter 2018, students from DES 225 have to write a report based on our understanding of The Book if Joy. So, besides The Eight Pillars of Joy which are perspective, humility, humor, acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, compassion and generosity, I would like to highlight interesting lines I found during my reading. The content of these lines make me reflection about my personal experiences along my life.
“What’s the purpose of life?”, a question that Dalai Lama made at the beginning of the book.
Well, for a lot of people the answer to this question is “to find happiness”, this question make me think about how much a person would suffer along his/her searching of happiness. According to the book, some suffering is necessary, however I would change that word by “effort”, since I feel I have experienced this feeling more than the other.
Exploring joy is nothing less than exploring what makes human experience satisfying…
I would bring those 2 quotes from the book:
Wherever you have friends, that’s your country and wherever you receive love, that’s your home. I completely agree with those quotes since the 2 times I have moved after leaving my parents’ home I’ve made new a new family in each place. Also, whoever gives you love, that’s your parent.
Finally, cultivating our own joy and happiness has benefits not just for us, but also for others in our life