In The Book of Joy - conversations between the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu - there is a postlude in which the honored guests attended the Dalai Lama's eightieth birthday party at the Tibetan Children's Village.
During the celebrations several children spoke about leaving their families in Tibet and taking the dangerous journey across the snow-covered mountains to India.
The children broke down in tears as they recalled saying goodbye to their parents and families in their beloved homeland.
They said that they could not experience joy again until they experienced the love and care of the teachers and friends at the Village.
This brought home to me the conviction that love is at the heart of human experience.
Without love we cannot feel joy, or hope, or even cope with life.
But when there is love we recover and feel as if we can live again.
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