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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: 1238 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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156 of 157 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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103 of 104 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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59 of 61 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable read
Loved it! Have been reading David Michie's blog for a while now and finally got to read this book. It's a pleasant story, nicely written with just enough of a sprinkling of... Read more
Published 3 days ago by LStafardaigh
5.0 out of 5 stars You definitely don't have to be a cat person to enjoy a gentle lesson...
This book was purchased on a whim and it was a lovely surprise. You definitely don't have to be a cat person to enjoy a gentle lesson in the philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read for Cat Lovers
Easy to read. Humorous, with some insight into Buddhism.
Published 4 days ago by Diane McGrath
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Very enjoyable and some good life lessons.
This was such an enjoyable book written from the perspective of a cat. It gave insight into the tenets of Buddhism without being preachy or attempting to convert the reader. Read more
Published 5 days ago by R. Steen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy to read with some important life messages.
Published 5 days ago by Rosemarie E. Christopher
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, I loved it!
This is a very cute story with great lessons to be learnt. A must-read for all cat lovers of any religion. It was an easy and enjoyable book to read.
Published 10 days ago by mynthe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic read, might change your perspective on life.
Published 11 days ago by susan swafford
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting point of view of a great person
Understanding perspective of the Dalai Lana's life. Enjoyed the book a great deal.
Published 15 days ago by Susan Castro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book!!! I highly recommend it.
Published 16 days ago by Diane Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and poignant
Sweet view and educational look into the practice of Budhism. Light read filled with enlightening information. A nice reminder of healthier ways to be in life.
Published 16 days ago by S. L, Hobbs
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More About the Author

David Michie is the internationally best-selling author of a number of books about mindfulness, meditation and Buddhism. These include the non-fiction titles Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate, Hurry Up and Meditate and Buddhism for Busy People, as well as his popular novel series The Dalai Lama's Cat. His books are available in 25 languages in over 30 different countries.

David has been delivering mindfulness and meditation seminars to a diverse range of audiences for the past five years. These include participating in ongoing programs under the auspices of the Australian Institute of Management - University of Western Australia Business School, Executive Education, as well as for a wide range of private, public and not-for-profit organisations including Bankwest, Ernst and Young, Woodside, Wesfarmers, Leading Edge Books, Heart Foundation, Cancer Support Association, Rotary, Medicare, Department of Health and the Tibetan Buddhist Society.

David has been a keynote speaker at a number of national conferences including the Happiness & Its Causes Conference in Sydney and Australian Meditation Conference in Melbourne. He has also been commissioned to contribute to a variety of major newspapers and magazines such as The Times of India - the world's largest English language newspaper, The Daily Telegraph (UK), USA Today, The Australian and a very wide variety of other traditional and digital publications.

David's blog on mindfulness and related subjects at www.davidmichie.com attracts a global audience of thousands of visitors each week. He has recorded guided meditations used in-flight by Air New Zealand, some of which are also available as free downloads from his website.

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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