OneBook CRC

2018-2019: The Book of Joy

2018-2019: The Book of Joy

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The OneBook Project encourages the Cosumnes River College's entire campus and neighboring community to read and discuss a common book during each academic year.

The OneBook CRC selection for the 2018/2019 academic year is 

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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams

Copies are available for checkout in the CRC Library or for purchase at the CRC College Store.

About the Book

Book of joy_cover imageNobel 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. This book explores a week of conversations between these two giants as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy—from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual  lives.





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OneBook Community: A Joyful Conversation

(Wednesday, February 6, 10:30 am-11:30)

Participate in the OneBook community by joining this informal discussion and planning session. Gather ideas for incorporating the Book of Joy into your classroom, department or workstation, connect with useful resources, and engage in cross-disciplinary conversation with your colleagues regarding the Book of Joy. (Part of the Spring 2019 Teaching Circle)


Diverse Perspectives on Joy (Tuesday, April 2, 12:00-1:20 PM, Recital Hall):  This panel presentation highlights diverse perspectives on the topic of joy. First, Psychology Professor Dr. Naomi Bahm will consider the neurobiological implications of joy in her talk, Joy from the Perspective of Biological Psychology. Next, Communication Studies Professor Georgine Hodgkinson will share recent autoethnographic research as it relates to joy obstacles and practices in her presentation, The Union of Mind, Body & Spirit: Moments of Joy on the Mat. Finally, College President Dr. Ed Bush will apply this topic to his own leadership experiences in, Joy & Service: Lessons from a College President.

Joy Practices: A Panel of Religious & Spiritual Scholars (Wednesday, April 3, 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Recital Hall): The “Eight Pillars of Joy” begins with a discussion on perspective: “A healthy perspective really is the foundation of joy and happiness, because the way we see the world is the way we experience the world” (p. 194). This panel of religious and spiritual scholars will discuss joy from their diverse perspectives. The first panelist, English Professor and meditation teacher Constance Carter, will share highlight the importance of Buddhist practices discussed in The Book of Joy. Next, Professor of Religious Studies, Val Sutter, will discuss religion’s role in decoding the concept of joy. Finally, Mark Redmond, Bhagavad-Gita scholar and California attorney, will contextualize joy concepts within the cosmology and yogic path of The Bhagavad Gita.

Mahayana Buddhism: Considerations of Wisdom and Compassion  (Wednesday, April 3, 12:00-1:20 pm | Recital Hall):  The Buddha supposedly said, “What is that one thing, which when you possess, you have all other virtues? It is compassion” (The Book of Joy, pp. 251-252). At this event, Philosophy Professor Dr. Rick Schubert will consider the joy practice of compassion, and other virtues, through the lens of the Mahayana Buddha. 

Zen Buddhism & Death: Practices to Avoid Fear and Grief (Wednesday April 3, 1:30-2:50 pm | Recital Hall):  The Book of Joy explores the complexities of life. It even reminds us that, “death is an unavoidable part of life, and contemplating our own mortality can help bring a sense of urgency, a sense of perspective, and a sense of gratitude” (p. 327). In this talk, Philosophy Professor Jacob Velasquez will consider the topic of death from a Zen Buddhist perspective.

Interested in hosting a OneBook activity? Contact your PD Coordinator, Georgine Hodgkinson to share your ideas!


Website for the Book

Related Reading & More Resources from the CRC Library (Coming soon!)


Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu in Seattle 2008- Part I

Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu in Seattle 2008- Part II