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Need some joy in your day? Here's a video of the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu dancing together

In documentary Mission: Joy, the pair give a master class in how to live with more joy

In documentary Mission: Joy, the pair give a master class in how to live with more joy

Pure joy: 25 seconds of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu dancing together | Mission: Joy

2 months ago
Duration 0:26
The two dance at a surprise birthday party for the Dalai Lama at the Tibetan Children’s Village.

In the documentary Mission: Joy — Finding Happiness in Troubled Times,  the Dalai Lama and retired archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died in 2021, share lessons on how to live with joy in the face of all of life's challenges, based on their lived experience, ancient traditions and the latest cutting-edge science.

The unlikely friends call each other a "mischievous spiritual brother." In the video above, the two dance at a surprise birthday party for the Dalai Lama at the Tibetan Children's Village. 

"[Desmond Tutu] is dancing with this fantastic sway. And he's so cool. And, you know, the Dalai Lama is standing there kind of nervous," said Doug Abrams, co-author of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, in the film. 

"Now, to be frank, monastic members are not supposed to dance," said Thupten Jinpa, long-time translator for the Dalai Lama. 

"It's actually one of the precepts. No singing and no dancing. [But Desmond Tutu] was able to persuade His Holiness to stand up, and at least do some moves."

Watch Mission: Joy — Finding Happiness in Troubled Times on CBC Gem. 

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