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Join us for a virtual screening of Mission: Joy — Finding Happiness in Troubled Times the weekend of Nov. 12. The film is deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, a documentary with unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  Inspired by the New York Times bestseller The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, the film showcases the exchange between these two Nobel Peace Prize winners, providing insight into the heartwarming friendship between the Dalai Lama and “Arch” (as he’s known to his friends), the connection between difficult times and happiness, the latest research on the impact of joy, and practical ways to find it. 

These self-described “mischievous brothers” give a master class in how to create joy in a world that was never easy for them. They offer neuroscience-backed wisdom to help each of us live with more joy, despite present circumstances. Consisting largely of never-before-seen footage shot over 5 days at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, the film invites viewers to join these luminaries behind the scenes as they recount stories from their lives, each having lived through periods of incredible difficulty and strife. With genuine affection, mutual respect and a healthy dose of teasing, these unlikely friends impart lessons gleaned from lived experience, ancient traditions, and the latest cutting-edge science regarding how to live with joy in the face of all of life’s challenges from the extraordinary to the mundane. Mission: Joy is an antidote for the times.

The film will be available to stream from the comfort of your own home between noon on Friday, November 12 and noon on Monday, November 15. Interested viewers must pre-register by emailing whpl_mail@clamsnet.org or calling 508-548-8961 to receive the link to the film.