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The Art of Purring [Paperback]

David Michie
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Book Description

28 Nov 2013

The Dalai Lama's cat is back - older, a bit wiser and as curious as ever.

"What makes you purr? Of all the questions in the world, this is the most important... Because no matter whether you are a playful kitten or sedentary senior, whether you're a scrawny alley Tom, or sleek-coated uptown girl, whatever your circumstances you just want to be happy. Not the kind of happy that comes and goes like a can of flaked tuna, but an enduring happiness. The deep down happiness that makes you purr from the heart."

In this book, the Dalai Lama sets for his lovable feline companion the task of investigating The Art of Purring. Whether it's the humorous insights gained from a visiting Ivy League Psychology Professor, the extraordinary research of a world-famous biologist, or the life-changing revelations of a mystical yogi, His Holiness's Cat encounters a wealth of wisdom about happiness. And what she discovers changes the way she sees herself forever.

With a much loved - and growing - cast of characters from the local community and His Holiness's residence, as well as encounters with intriguing strangers and celebrities from far and wide, The Art of Purring will transport readers in another unforgettable story. Along the way they will come to understand how elements of contemporary science and Buddhism converge. And, once again, they will feel the warmth of compassion and non-attachment that radiate from the heart of the Dalai Lama's teachings about our quest for enduring happiness.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (28 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781801975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781801970
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Michie is the author of The Art of Purring, The Dalai Lama's Cat, Buddhism for Busy People, Hurry Up and Meditate and Enlightenment to Go.

Both The Art of Purring and The Dalai Lama's Cat are novels 'written' by His Holiness's mischievous Himalayan, offering Buddhist wisdom in a warm hearted, entertaining format.

Buddhism for Busy People describes David's encounter with Tibetan Buddhism, weaving an autobiographic narrative through a presentation of core concepts. Hurry Up and Meditate introduces the benefits and main types of meditation practice. Both books are best sellers in Australia and have been published internationally and translated into many languages.

Enlightenment to Go illuminates the world's first self-help book - an 8th century text by the Buddhist sage Shantideva - which The Dalai Lama consistently recommends for its life-changing psychological tools and transcendent wisdom.

David was born in Zimbabwe, educated at Rhodes University, South Africa, and lived in London for ten years. He is married and is based in Perth, Australia.

David welcomes reader contact through:

Website: www.davidmichie.com
Blog: www.davidmichie.com/blog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Michie/308276665884246?ref=tn_tnmn

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Praise for The Dalai Lama's Cat: A truly heartwarming story that'll have you hooked from the first page. (Soul & Spirit magazine)

This enchanting story is a rare treat. I highly recommend it! (Gay Hendricks author of Conscious Living and The First Rule of Ten)

Some cat books are catnip for the soul but The Dalai Lama's Cat is best described as nirvana for the cat lover's soul. A transcendent book destined to be a classic. (CatWisdom101.com)

About the Author

David Michie is the bestselling author of The Dalai Lama's Cat, Buddhism for Busy People, Hurry Up and Meditate and Enlightenment to Go. All have been published internationally and are being translated into many languages. He has also written four thrillers, most recently The Magician of Lhasa, to bring the profoundly life-enhancing perspectives of Tibetan Buddhism to a wider audience of fiction readers. David was born in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, educated at Rhodes University, South Africa, and lived in London for ten years. He is married and is based in Perth, Australia. www.davidmichie.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure really... 11 May 2014
By Mr. Simon Paddon VINE VOICE
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I have read lots of the set help books, and I love reading about Buddhism principles. I can see the angle which the author was coming at with this book, from the guise of the cat, but I found it made it a bit harder to read, and it also lost the concepts a bit. I also found that it tried to incorporate wider themes of self help, not just religious ones; this spoilt it a bit for me. Shame. It is a still a good book though- if you can filter through all this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Appealing Feline 20 Mar 2014
By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER
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We first met Snow Lion, a rather delightful feline, when she was rescued and joined the house of the Delai Lama in The Delai Lamas Cat. This is the next book in what will hopefully be a series, although it is certainly not necessary to have read the first book to appreciate this one. However, it is undoubtedly a book worth reading if you have not already done so.

In the preceding book, this rather charming and observant cat was looking at the main tenets of Buddhism and applying them to her own life. This time round she is given a task by the Delai Lama, when he leaves her to travel which is `what makes you purr'. In other words, what makes individuals happy and how to create the circumstances for happiness. Snow Lion does this, in part by observing others and in part by taking these lessons and relating them to her own life.

The author has put together an interesting formula here which certainly works. This could certainly be categorised as a self help book, but the messages are delivered in such a way that the reader understands them without the rigid delivery of a self help book. On another level this is all about the main principles of the Buddhist faith which are certainly worth studying as they contain a great deal of common sense. However, perhaps most importantly, overall it is a charming and whimsical tale about an appealing cat which cat lovers everywhere will relate to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purr-fect sequel to the Dalai Lama's Cat 10 Jan 2014
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A wonderful light and easy read.
If you have read the Dalai Lama's Cat then you know how delightful HHC ( his Holiness's Cat) aka Rinpoche aka Snow Lion is. She was found by chance as a tiny thrown away kitten and through events described in the first book, she is now resident with the Dalai Lama. She also has her main hang out place in town at the Himalaya Book Cafe..... Hence her many names.
HHC is a clever and sensitive female cat who listens to the monks talking and is learning much wisdom from them, and from living with the Dalai Lama.
In this sequel some time has passed, and we find out that HHC has had a litter of kittens, but all have gone to new homes now.
There are some new human characters for HHC to delight with her feline beauty and for us the reader to enjoy in this magical blend of eastern wisdom and light heartedness.
I love the books, and will be happy to keep reading any more that Davis Michie writes as reading them lifts my spirits and hopefully some of the wisdom will rub off too. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! 22 Nov 2013
By Kat
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This book is a great insight to the world of cats! It's a must read for all animal lovers! Super great investment for fun, light, and basically a fabulous read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Purring 20 Nov 2013
By Sowilo
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The Dalai Lama's Cat captured me so I just had to read this. It is every bit as good. Similar in some ways but very different in others.
I am a science fiction fan who rarely strays to another genre and not really a cat lover, but David Michie has as far as reading is concerned converted me. I confess to having a little more admiration for cats too now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and a lovely read 4 Jan 2014
By Ms. R. L. A. Amelan VINE VOICE
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"The Art of Purring" is an extraordinary book and, for susceptible souls like me with a passion for cats, it has quite riveting and transforming power. It offers Buddhism in a totally irresistible fashion using little parables with the ability to both charm and inform.

At times, I felt that this just might be "Buddhism lite" and thought that I should be addressing myself to studying something more ponderous to gain enlightenment but, no, why not have an introduction in this manner?

The little volume is an easy read and concerns our little heroine, HHC, his Holiness's cat or the Snow Lion, or Rinpoche, who lives as part of his household and sleeps on a yak skin on the Dali Lama's bed. This is the second book but can easily be read independently and looks at what actually makes people happy or, if you are a cat, purr and the topic is well worth addressing.

What struck me was that this warm narration focuses on the value of connections between people, something that is often missed in life. Happiness is shown to emanate from devotion to causes greater than oneself, giving freely to others and simple kindness. There are also the mistakes of thinking that you were happier in the past or may gain it at some future date. Cited is the quotation of the Holy Secret that if you wish to seek to end your suffering then seek to end the suffering of others. After shutting the book, I visited the Dalai Lama's website and much of this is freely available for further reading. My general feeling was that the Dalai Lama had been rather well portrayed, although I suspect that he does not really have a cat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this
Another good read from this author
Published 6 days ago by kiwi reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy & Uplifting Read
Having read The Dalai Lama's Cat, I of course had to read this. I enjoyed it as much as the first book. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mr. K. Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars A subtle and intelligent take on how to be happy
As a family we are cat lovers, so the title, suggested by a son in his 50s, sounded pleasant. It is much more than pleasant, though, as it tackles, gently, our search for... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ms Joy Kay
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Read The Dali Lama's Cat first, and this will make sense. delightfully read. :-)
Published 7 days ago by Margaret Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
This is the sequel to the Dalai Lama's cat. Anyone with an interest in Buddhism, Cats, and especially if they have visited McLeod Gang in the North of India, will love this book. Read more
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This book is written by the author of "the Dalai Lama's Cat".
It is a sweet book, with some good features. I like the way the cat tells the story himself. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Hugo Minney
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all cat lovers
Quite unique, a cat story told by the cat instead of the cat servant (sorry owner). As a person who is interested in the beliefs and teachings of Buddhism, then it is doubly a... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Ms. J. Bedford
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
very interesting book, could not put it down .would recommend it ay time,though its not what you think it is
Published 1 month ago by jan
5.0 out of 5 stars the purrfect read
An absolutely delightful read. I was hooked from the start. The author has a way of making u believe that this story truly is told through the eyes of a cat.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Denny S. Abeykoon
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Possibly even more enjoyable than the prequel. It's given me a lot to think about. Would love to read another in this series.
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