Dalai Lama To Write Book With Friend, Desmond Tutu During Week-Long Visit

Desmond Tutu, the Anglican Archbishop, flew to India this week to spend some time with his good friend and fellow spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

The Nobel Laureates were seen embracing and laughing at the airport as Tutu arrived not only to work on the pair’s latest project but also to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80 birthday.

According to ECR.co.za, Desmond Tutu took to Facebook to post pictures of himself with his good friend, the Dalai Lama, captioning them, “We are in Dharamsala to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday and to commence writing the Book of Joy!”

According to IOL News, the pair’s motivational book is going to be about the two “sharing their perspectives on the topic of joy.”

Tutu, who will spend a good week with the Dalai Lama, has already begun working on the production of the book.

In a statement from their publisher, “In order to share this experience more broadly with the rest of the world, the two leaders will use their Facebook pages to let readers around the globe ask questions about the path to joy and a meaningful life.”

The Dalai Lama and Tutu’s followers will even have the chance to be a part of their project.

“The best questions left on their Facebook pages will be compiled into a list and readers will be able to vote on their favorites. The winning questions will be answered by the Dalai Lama and the archbishop and then video footage of those discussions will be shared with the world after the meeting.”

Tutu’s followers have also taken to social media to share their joy on his going to visit the Dalai Lama, who has been unable to visit Tutu in South Africa.

The Dalai Lama has been repeatedly denied the necessary visa to travel to South Africa. The Dalai Lama was set to attend a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners last year but was unfortunately denied, making it the third attempt within six years of getting the visa.

Tutu has often spoke out on the government refusing the Dalai Lama entry into the country, leading the Dalai Lama to refer to the Anglican Archbishop as a “genuine, good human being.”

If you want to be a part of the Tutu and the Dalai Lama’s discussion on joy, all’s you need is “to use the tags #bookofjoy and #askforjoy” in your posts on Facebook.

[Photo Courtesy of ECR.co.za]