Book Of Joy : Lasting Happiness In A Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

Book Of Joy : Lasting Happiness In A Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu


The Extraordinary Joy of Lifelong Friendship

Indeed, I am overjoyed and deeply honored to engage in a conversation with a dear and spiritual friend. Despite the physical distance between us, our minds are always connected. I consider you to be like a spiritual brother whose essence transcends generations. Your spirit will forever reside within me until my last breath.

During one of our encounters, you mentioned that you believe in God and that after death, you are prepared to ascend to heaven. As for me, as a follower of Christianity, my beliefs steer me towards a different destination. However, it brings me great joy to stay connected with my dear friend, His Holiness, and witness his radiant well-being.

We have been eagerly anticipating this session with His Holiness, understanding that he carries himself with great wisdom and grace. It seems as though he is on top of the world in every aspect. Although mischievous at times, he dons the persona of a holy man.

I believe that it is essential to mention that the person you refer to should not deceive us. Unfortunate as it is, this person happens to be a Christian rather than a Buddhist. Now, let’s delve into the topic of how both of you perceive your own mortality.

I understand that His Holiness doesn’t worry too much about death since he believes in the concept of reincarnation. On the other hand, I am intrigued by the thought of how you perceive your own death.

What strikes me the most is the remarkable bond and friendship that both of you share. Despite his constant teasing, I greatly admire His Holiness. He serves as a guiding light and beacon of inspiration for both of us. It has truly become something uniquely wonderful.

By observing his face, which now resembles that of a monk, I am reminded of a special picture. This image will linger in my mind during my final moments. I want to express my gratitude to the creators of this film for bestowing such a precious gift upon the world.

When people catch a glimpse of your face, and hopefully mine as well, they may find a fleeting moment of solace and tranquility. This is a testament to the profound impact you continue to have. Despite your advanced age, you remain dedicated to the well-being of others. May God bless you for your selflessness.

Thank you, my dear friend. Though we communicate through the medium of television, it creates an effortless means for us to connect. I look forward to our next encounter. Once again, thank you, and may God bless you.

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