The Dalai Lama's Cat

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“‘Oh! How adorable! I didn’t know you had a cat!’ she exclaimed.

I am always surprised how many people make this observation. Why should His Holiness not have a cat?

‘If only she could speak,’ continued the actress. ‘I’m sure she’d have such wisdom to share.’

And so the seed was planted . . .

I began to think that perhaps the time had come for me to write a book of my own—a ...

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Overview

“‘Oh! How adorable! I didn’t know you had a cat!’ she exclaimed.

I am always surprised how many people make this observation. Why should His Holiness not have a cat?

‘If only she could speak,’ continued the actress. ‘I’m sure she’d have such wisdom to share.’

And so the seed was planted . . .

I began to think that perhaps the time had come for me to write a book of my own—a book that would convey some of the wisdom I’ve learned sitting not at the feet of the Dalai Lama but even closer, on his lap. A book that would tell my own tale . . . how I was rescued from a fate too grisly to contemplate to become the constant companion of a man who is not only one of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate but also a dab hand with a can opener.”

Starving and pitiful, a mud-smeared kitten is rescued from the slums of New Delhi and transported to a life she could have never imagined. In a beautiful sanctuary overlooking the snow-capped Himalayas, she begins her new life as the Dalai Lama’s cat.

Warmhearted, irreverent, and wise, this cat of many names opens a window to the inner sanctum of life in Dharamsala. A tiny spy observing the constant flow of private meetings between His Holiness and everyone from Hollywood celebrities to philanthropists to self-help authors, the Dalai Lama’s cat provides us with insights on how to find happiness and meaning in a busy, materialistic world. Her story will put a smile on the face of anyone who has been blessed by the kneading paws and bountiful purring of a cat.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401940584
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 53,514
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Great book for any cat lover....or one who appreciates the Buddha!

    It's a sweet story. Not particularly deep or profound. Slightly beyond a fun, fluffy beach read, but not so complex as to tax a vacationing brain. ;' ) Looking forward to "HHC's" next tome, due in the fall.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Wonderful book! If you love cats you will enjoy it; if you are i

    Wonderful book! If you love cats you will enjoy it; if you are interested in spirituality you will enjoy it; if you love
    cats and are interested in spirituality you will love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Wonderful Book!!

    Warm and funny, I couldn't put it down. Brilliant idea to explain spirituality and the path to enlightenment through the eyes of a feline!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Yellowfang and co

    Walked in. THE KITS all walked in.

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

    I recently finished reading a new book, The Dalai Lama's Cat by

    I recently finished reading a new book, The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie. This book is narrated
    from the perspective a feline, which I think was a fun for a fiction story. The whole story is based on Buddhist beliefs and teachings as part of everyday life. The Dalai Lama's cat goes about leaning new things about Buddhism as she interacts with the Dalai Lama and various other household characters.

    The cat then ventures out into the village and meets new personalities. At the end of the day the cat reflects on her life, the lives of those around her and relates their actions and light-bulb moments to Buddhist teachings.

    Overall this is an easy read feel-good story. I didn't know much about Buddhism besides a general understanding from school lessons. This book is narrated so that you go on finding out about Buddhism as the protagonist of the story goes about her day learning new things and meeting new people.

    I thought this book was fun and I would recommend it to someone looking for a fun and enjoyable inspirational story. In my experience inspirational stories are often too emotional and leave you crying at the end of the day. After finishing this book I felt happy and not at all sobby.

    You can find out more about this book here and read the first chapter here.

    Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Hay House Publishing. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    What an endearing story! Truly a cat lover's book, and a nice i

    What an endearing story! Truly a cat lover's book, and a nice introduction into Buddhism. Reading the book gave me pause to look at how I am living my life. What motivates my actions? what is my contribution to ending suffering and bringing happiness others

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    One of the best

    This book is charming and fun to read. Interesting learning the lives of Monks and the Dalai Lama as well as this fun filled cat. Worth your time to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Marissa

    Hello

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    wonderful read!

    Loved this book!

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

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    Ah, this is the life!!! Originally dumped in the street by unkin

    Ah, this is the life!!! Originally dumped in the street by unkind hooligans, this unkempt is meant to be sold into an even harsher life but instead is rescued by the Dalai Lama's Assistant. Now, he is HHC or "His Holiness's Cat" or Snow Lion...or some other embarrassing but funny names acquired as vital lessons in the path of holiness!

    Consider the fact of pride as "being" one of the favorites of this revered holy man, the Dalai Lama. A French chef who owns a very popular restaurant near the actual home of the Dalai Lama wears the symbols of his Buddhist initiation on his physical person and has them draped all over his restaurant. In a gently amusing way, he is gradually led to see that outer signs and associations matter not at all; the Dalai Lama always voices these lessons near to HHC with a chuckle and a pet. Meanwhile, HHC manages to keep his revered seat in the restaurant as HHC! You have to laugh and not just read the truth but feel it all in your own bones! Outstanding technique!

    So this book continues with visitor after visitor and numerous scenes where HHC mistakes the changes happening around him, always told in a wry, funny way endearing this cat and the Dalai Lama to the reader for the truth and blessing shared!

    Outstanding and so well done, more please, David Michie! This is "real" spirituality!

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