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This book sneaks up on you, it should really make you think,
This review is from: The Dalai Lama's Cat (Paperback)
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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.