James Baraz developed and began teaching the Awakening Joy Course in 2003. Course participants learn to cultivate joy by developing what the Buddha called “gladness connected with wholesome states.” The ten-month course focuses on two components of Right Effort: 1) developing wholesome states and 2) increasing wholesome states when they’ve arisen. The course begins in January or February, and you can attend in person in Berkeley, CA, or online.
The 2014 Awakening Joy course has begun. Unlimited scholarships are available for the Internet course.
The accompanying book Awakening Joy: Ten Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness, co-authored by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander, was released in Jan 2010 and can be ordered by way of either the Awakening Joy Course site or James Baraz’s website.