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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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House Visions (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401940587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401940584
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (750 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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177 of 179 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Fabio, Bleeding Espresso on 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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116 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Roni Teson on 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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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Jadecat VINE VOICE on November 4, 2012
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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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