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The Dalai Lama's Cat [Kindle Edition]

David Michie
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“In the months that followed I watched His Holiness working on a new book . . . I began to think that perhaps the time had come for me to turn my paws to a book of my own . . . one that tells my own tale . . . How I was rescued from a fate too grisly to contemplate, to become constant companion to a man who is not only one of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, but who is also a dab hand with the can opener.”

Not so much fly-on-the-wall as cat-on-the-sill, this is the warmhearted tale of a small kitten rescued from the slums of New Delhi who finds herself in a beautiful sanctuary with sweeping views of the snow-capped Himalayas. In her exotic new home, the Dalai Lama’s cat encounters Hollywood stars, Buddhist masters, Ivy-league professors, famous philanthropists, and a host of other people who come visiting His Holiness. Each encounter offers a fresh insight into finding happiness and meaning in the midst of a life of busy-ness and challenge. Drawing us into her world with her adorable but all-too-flawed personality, the Dalai Lama’s cat discovers how instead of trying to change the world, changing the way we experience the world is the key to true contentment.

Featuring a delightful cast of characters, timeless Buddhist wisdom, and His Holiness’s compassion pervading every chapter, The Dalai Lama’s Cat is simply enchanting.



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“What a joy to spend some intimate time with the Dalai Lama glimpsed through the devoted eyes of his adventurous cat, Mousie-Tung. This charming and highly entertaining book will cheer you up and warm your heart. Curl up with The Dalai Lama’s Cat.” — Michael Carroll, author of Awake at Work and The Mindful Leader

“This enchanting story is a rare treat. I highly recommend it!” — Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., author of Conscious Loving and The First Rule of Ten

About the Author

David Michie is the best-selling author of Buddhism for Busy People, Hurry Up and Meditate, and Enlightenment to Go. Website: www.davidmichie.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1401940587
  • Publisher: Hay House Visions (October 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FQGOFQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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134 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paws down, one of the best of 2012 October 8, 2012
Format:Paperback
The Dalai Lama's Cat is written from the perspective of a (self-described) gorgeous Himalayan who was rescued by the Dalai Lama's staff and who spends copious amounts of time around His Holiness and those closest to him.

As you might imagine, "Bodhi catva" is privy to many spiritually intense conversations, and not only does she recount some the most important nuggets of Buddhism, she also applies the principles to her own life as she continues to strive to live up to her title of HHC (His Holiness's Cat). We also get a clue into the feline mind on issues such as playing the cello, "as we cats refer to that most delicate part of our grooming regimen when we attend to our nether regions."

Yes, there's a good dose of humor throughout the book as well.

I love me some anthropomorphism, and Michie pulls this off brilliantly. Both the premise and the writing are sharp, snappy, and clever; the story is warm and fulfilling. The lessons in Buddhist principles are an added, wonderful bonus because Michie, an established authority on Buddhism, not only shares them but also illustrates them in lighthearted, everyday situations to which anyone can relate.

I highlighted so many bits in my Kindle version, but one I want to leave you with is this, just in case the idea of reading a book about Buddhism, or any religion, puts you off: "The purpose of Buddhism is not to convert people. It is to give them tools so they can create greater happiness. So they can be happier Catholics, happier atheists, happier Buddhists.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Cause October 31, 2012
Format:Paperback
The Dalai Lama's Cat is an outstanding read! I must say, initially I was not compelled to read this book. In fact, it travelled with me to Arizona and to Missouri with only a few pages read. What happened on the long plane ride home was simply not a coincidence. I fidgeted in my seat, Wi-Fi wasn't offered, my neighbor was drinking heavily, and I couldn't get situated--until I picked up the book and buried my head in the pages. After a few more pages, I was hooked!

You might NOT be a cat person, it's okay--don't let the name of this book deter you, and if you are a cat person--rejoice and turn the pages.

Wow, advise on happiness and living life in a novel that is filled with stories (within the story). Engaging daily situations that teach from the author's perception of the Dalai Lama's beliefs, or more specifically Buddhism. The book is also a pure example of learning through stories--so pleasant to have those `aha' moments shown in tale versus telling in a non-fiction instructional guide.

The tale (tail) begins with a kitten that is saved from the slums of New Delhi. A visual any reader can gain from the trailer of the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Am I shallow to say the hints throughout the book about famous people visiting the Dalai Lama kept me guessing and more than interested? Maybe a little, but I found it fascinating. Sharing the Dalai Lama's teachings within life's moments as seen through the eyes of the cat (who also learns from each happening!) and always on topics the reader can relate to. Although the work is fiction, I believe, the author, David Michie has an understanding of Buddhism, and does a fabulous job of spinning his tale with relevance toward today's times. Bravo! Well done.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a sucker for books about cats or dogs, and the cover of this book is great, so I got it. I pretty much knew nothing about the Dalai Lama or about Buddhism before starting this book. The author writes the story from the vantage point of the cat, commonly known as HHC (His Holiness's Cat). It starts out with the cat/kitten finding her way into the life of the Dalai Lama and she is present while the Dalai Lama has meetings with all types of people. It is interesting because HHC finds herself in some type of quandary herself that parallels the issue the Dalai Lama discusses with his visitors, such as being unhappy or lonely. As the Lama 'enlightens' his visitor about their problem, HHC finds the solution and applies it to her own cat life. Of course, this stretches the imagination of how much a cat can think, but it is done very well and I really found myself enjoying the book and each lesson. Karma is talked about and explained which I found very interesting as I am always hearing that someone will get their karma after they do something wrong.

I think you have to have an open mind to get anything out of this book. I can honestly say I am very interested in learning more about the Dalai Lama and Buddhism after reading this book. Basically I was thinking it would be about meditating and forsaking good things in life, but it really is so much more. Admittedly I was woefully ignorant, but I hope to change that after reading this book. I heartily recommend reading this book, you might find a lot more in it than a cat story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read
a cute story that keep me coming back and even when i finished i still wanted more. a very good read
Published 1 day ago by ponygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed It!
No intellectual strain here but a lot of fun reviewing the dharma and the students thereof. And it did bring some clarity in certain foggy areas. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Polly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A short read with a lot of heart.
Published 1 day ago by Kelly J Weason
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful!!!
Published 4 days ago by LCS
5.0 out of 5 stars charming
Gently leads the reader thru the practical teachings of Buddhism. A book for cat lovers and life lovers alike. Enjoy.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Interested in Buddhism and love cats...this book is for you!
I loved this book and have bought more of Michie's work because of it. If you are an animal lover and interested in Buddhism, this is the book for you!
Published 5 days ago by S. Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars ::Purrrrfect!
An enjoyable read, nice story told from the cats perspective. Interesting to see the lessons leaned, simple and sweet. Can't wait to read more of this authors work.
Published 5 days ago by Keggy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Recommended by a friend, this is an enjoyable story that shares some simple lessons on life through the eyes of a cat. I may just read it again so they sink in and stick.
Published 6 days ago by Maureen J Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's very well written and amusing whether you are a cat lover or not. And it's not just about a cat. It's about life and living well. Read more
Published 7 days ago by shgannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it.
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More About the Author

David Michie is the author of The Art of Purring, The Dalai Lama's Cat, Buddhism for Busy People, Hurry Up and Meditate and Enlightenment to Go.

Both The Art of Purring and The Dalai Lama's Cat are novels 'written' by His Holiness's mischievous Himalayan, offering Buddhist wisdom in a warm hearted, entertaining format.

Buddhism for Busy People describes David's encounter with Tibetan Buddhism, weaving an autobiographic narrative through a presentation of core concepts. Hurry Up and Meditate introduces the benefits and main types of meditation practice. Both books are best sellers in Australia and have been published internationally and translated into many languages.

Enlightenment to Go illuminates the world's first self-help book - an 8th century text by the Buddhist sage Shantideva - which The Dalai Lama consistently recommends for its life-changing psychological tools and transcendent wisdom.

David was born in Zimbabwe, educated at Rhodes University, South Africa, and lived in London for ten years. He is married and is based in Perth, Australia.

David welcomes reader contact through:

Website: www.davidmichie.com
Blog: www.davidmichie.com/blog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Michie/308276665884246?ref=tn_tnmn

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