The Dalai Lama's Cat

The Dalai Lama's Cat

by David Michie
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The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie

“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401940591
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 29,901
File size: 952 KB

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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The Dalai Lama's Cat 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
JimmyChoo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walked in. THE KITS all walked in.
LovelyRose More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Loved this book!
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literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
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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