Mission: JOY, A panel conversation on creating happiness in troubled times

Sponsored by ProQuest, ro*co films, and FILM PLATFORM
Scheduled for Tuesday, October 05 at 2:00pm

Join us for a special live event about creating joy, inspired by the remarkable friendship between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as explored in the documentary Mission: JOY.

Register Now: Tuesday, October 5, 2:00pm ET/11:00am PT/7:00pm BST (75 minutes)

Based on the global best-seller The Book of Joy by author Doug Abrams (panelist) and co-directed by Peggy Callahan and Oscar® winner Louie Psihoyos, the film provides the foundation for an inspiring and informative conversation about cultivating joy and the groundbreaking science behind it.

Every day we have the opportunity to create and re-create our lives. This is the power we yield. No dark fate determines our future.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Book of Joy
Peggy Callahan and the Dalai Lama laughing together.

Moderated by co-director and producer of Mission: JOY and human rights activist Peggy Callahan (pictured right), our panel will provide 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.

Circumstances don’t control our emotions. We don’t have to wait for joy, we can create our own. The Mission: JOY event will offer the opportunity to:

  • Learn how bringing joy into our lives improves our physical and mental health – as proven by science
  • Discover the ways joy has impacted the lives and friendship of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Become empowered to create and share everyday acts of joy to benefit ourselves and each other

We’ll also be discussing the valuable role that documentary films like Mission: JOY play in sparking important conversations in education.

Joy is our essential nature, something everyone can realize. We could say that our desire for happiness is, in a way, an attempt to rediscover our original state of mind.

Dr. Tupten Jinpa, Buddhist scholar and English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Meet Our Panelists:

Dr. Thupten Jinpa Langri

English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Thupten Jinpa Langri is a former Tibetan monk and since 1985 has been the principal English translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and a Ph.D. in religious studies, both from Cambridge University, where he also worked as a Research Fellow. He’s translated and edited numerous books by the Dalai Lama, including the New York Times Bestsellers Ethics for the New Millennium, The Art of Happiness, and Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World. Jinpa’s own publications include A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, as well as English translations of classical Tibetan texts. He is a co-founder and president of the Compassion Institute, the Chair of Mind and Life Institute, founder of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, and an adjunct professor at the School of Religious Studies at McGill University. He is also a noted educator and speaker on Buddhism and science dialogue, secular adaptations of mindfulness and compassion practices.

Doug Abrams

Author of The Book of Joy

Doug Abrams is an author, editor, literary agent, and film producer. He is the founder and president of Idea Architects, a creative book and media agency helping visionaries create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. He has written books with Desmond Tutu for over two decades and most recently is the co-author of The Book of Joy with Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, which inspired the film Mission: JOY. Doug serves as the interviewer in the film as an Executive Producer. 

Dr. Elissa Epel

Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair at the University of California, San Francisco

Elissa Epel, PhD studies stress resilience and mindfulness interventions in coping with adversity. Elissa is also one of the leaders of the Citizen Science project for the Mission: JOY Impact campaign and a member of the National Academy of Medicine, President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and Co-Chair of the Mind and Life Institute (MLI) Steering Council.

Meet Our Moderator:

Peggy Callahan

Co-director and Producer of Mission: JOY, Filmmaker, Television Reporter and Human Rights Activist

Peggy Callahan is driven by the power of story to create real change on the planet. Peggy was honored to capture the conversations for The Book of Joy project in Dharamsala, India. Currently Peggy and a team of impact campaign experts are joyfully conspiring to get the film and its messages to 100 + million people. She also co-founded Voices4Freedom and Free the Slaves, two international non-profits dedicated to ending modern day slavery.


“Are you in?” Watch the film before the event

Access the Film: Colleges, Universities, and K-12

Mission: JOY can be watched through your academic library with ProQuest’s Academic Video Online.

Faculty/Teachers & Academic/K-12 Librarians:

  • Start watching Mission: JOY now, if you’re an Academic Video Online subscriber.
  • Don’t have access? After registering for the event, request a trial.

University/College/K-12 Students:

  • Start watching Mission: JOY now, if you’re an Academic Video Online subscriber.
  • Don’t have access? Trial access to Academic Video Online can only be requested by librarians and faculty. Contact your teacher, professor or academic library for access.

One-year access to Mission: JOY available now on Film Platform.

Access the Film: Public Libraries and Others

Public Libraries and Others:

  • Mission: JOY cannot be accessed for streaming through public libraries. If you are interested in hosting a screening of the film contact events@rocofilms.com.
  • If you are not affiliated with a library, an academic or K-12 institution and want access to the film, contact events@rocofilms.com.

Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, Mission: JOY is a documentary with unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. In what is likely their last time together, we trace the epic life stories of these Nobel Peace Prize winners as they faced oppression, exile, death threats, cancer, and more — unbowed and still laughing. The film includes cutting edge scientific research that reinforces that, just like for these Holy Men, joy is an inside job, that joy and pain are inseparable, and that deep connection is one of the secrets to joy.







Mental health is actually not simply the absence of mental disease. It is something more.

Dr. Richard Davidson, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question.

The film is based on the New York Times bestseller, The Book of Joy. Offering a rare opportunity to experience His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu share an astonishing and unprecedented week together, and share stories, wisdom, science, and personal daily Joy Practices that anchor their lives.

How to Access The Book of Joy

Librarians: The Book of Joy can be purchased on Ebook Central at a discounted price* through LibCentral, OASIS, Rialto or GOBI. Search by title or eISBN 9780399185069. 

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*The Book of Joy and all other Penguin Random House titles on Ebook Central can be purchased at a 20% discount until 12/31/21. Must be an Academic Library and Ebook Central customer. Excludes Ebook Central Academic customers in Canada.