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The Dalai Lama's Cat Paperback – October 1, 2012
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“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.
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A querky introduction to Budist philosophy through the eyes of a cat. An easy read which gets you thinking.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I expected this little book to be cute and funny, and it is that - but it is also so much more! I've read about & seriously studied Tibetan Buddhism - enough that I've definitely... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Biblio Phile
Entertaining, easy to read, mindfulness story. The cat's point of view is intelligent and interesting. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Angela Flynn
This book gave me such joy. So many of HHC's realizations are applicable to our lives. I knew very little about Buddhism before reading this, and I'm convinced it is something... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amanda