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The Dalai Lama's Cat

The Dalai Lama's Cat [Kindle Edition]

David Michie
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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A truly heartwarming story that'll have you hooked from the first page. (Soul & Spirit magazine)

Whether you are a cat lover or not, this story holds many insights and delightful moments and it is certainly a book I shall read again and again. (Paradigm Shift magazine)

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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“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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1401940587
  • Publisher: Hay House Visions (1 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Whimsical Story 25 Feb 2013
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This is a charming and rather whimsical account of a young female cat who comes to live with the Delai Lama. She has many names, as do our own cats at home, depending on who is addressing her and their mood. However, the Delai Lama generally refers to her as Snow Lion. We first meet Snow Lion when some young lads in Delhi have discovered the litter she is in and set about making some money by selling them. As she is the runt of the litter and has some damage to her hind legs, things look bleak until she is spotted by the Delai Lama's party, returning from the airport and is purchased for $2.

This relatively short book is an account of Snow Lion's life over the next eighteen months or so. However, the main purpose of this tale is to explain the main tenets of Buddhism with some practical examples of how it can affect both people's lives and outlook on life. SL is an intelligent and observant cat who relates these various lessons to her own life with varying success - for example her attempts at meditation are rather hampered by her failure to meditate for more than two minutes! However, in other respects she is more successful and she finds some of what she practices to be life changing.

This is difficult book to categorise. In some respects it is similar to a self help book which encourages the reader to, perhaps, look at their own life from a different angle. In another respect is defines some of the philosophy behind the Buddhist faith. On a further level it is a charming tale about an appealing cat. However, and most importantly, overall it is a fascinating and absorbing book which many will greatly enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming 16 Dec 2012
By Rachel Green VINE VOICE
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This is a charming, short book that spoons feeds Buddhism into the reader's brain. A kitten is rescued by the Dali Lama and spends his (nine) lives observing the life of the monastery and giving potted similies to allow the reader to reflect on the lessons and apply them to their life.

I'd recommend for cat lovers and those curious about Buddhism.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A humorous book with a thought-provoking message 10 May 2013
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The Dalai Lama's Cat is a charming little novel, written from the point of view of a slum kitten who was rescued by the leader of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama. It is neither preachy nor didactic about Buddhism; instead, the book is a wonderfully thought-provoking read which is sure to make the reader smile all the way through the story. It's a lovely, amusing book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and inspiring book 20 April 2013
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If you are a 'cat person', htis is a lovely way of gaining insight into the Dalai Lama and his wisdom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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What a wonderful book!
As a cat lover I originally purchased this book simply because it was about a cat! And I think for a lot of people who just want a nice, feel good story, with a bit of cat hair, then this is ideal. However, it has opened up some new areas of interest for me which was not expected; I would like to find out more about Buddhism, its beliefs and teachings. I’m not saying I’m converted but it’s opened my eyes to how our thoughts and actions affect others, to understand how we feel in certain situations and control those emotions - and if we fail, then that is another lesson to be learned from. It has some beautiful teachings about life lessons and karma without being in any way preachy or in your face, which have changed my views on how I see myself and others.
I was not expecting the effect this book had on me – and I would like to thank David Mitchie very much for that!
It had me purchasing the second book (The art of purring) within 5 minutes of finishing the last page!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 28 Mar 2013
By A. Gothorp VINE VOICE
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A beautifully whimsical book that is easy to read and gives little snippets of wisdom. Spoken as a true cat, this little kitty is rescued by the Dalai Lama and watches and comments on the goings on at the monastery. A valuable little book for any collection and will be guaranteed to lift the spirits of the reader!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I love cats! I love reading and thinking! This is an excellent combination of all these things. You come out from reading this with more understanding of the world and Buddhism, and a further passion for cats.
This is my next book club choice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant happy making book 25 April 2013
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I enjoyed the Dalai Lama's cat so much. I smiled a lot, got very involved with all the characters. I learnt a lot about Buddhism and it has helped me on my life and spiritual paths. Thank you Mr. Michie for writing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every catlover should read it
this book is lovely. My kitties tell me every day the same! we can learn so much from cats!
Published 1 day ago by marg
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
If you have been owned by many cats as I have over the years you will find this book irresistible.

A litter of kittens is found by two young street urchins in New Delhi... Read more
Published 3 days ago by bead queen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful and entertaining book. I really enjoyed the cat's Buddhist insights on life.
Published 12 days ago by Elisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
From start to finish I loved this book. Full of gentleness and kindness,for me the perfect read. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in Buddhism.
Published 14 days ago by Jillybillywilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely story
Published 22 days ago by G. M. Coney
5.0 out of 5 stars I greatly enjoyed it.
A fascinating book, bought on a whim. Its basically the story of a stray, sickly kitten who is spotted and adopted by the Dalai Lama who gives it the opportunity to live in... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Wendy G
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely read
Easy reading and gives a person an insight into Buddhism.
Published 23 days ago by Antonia Da Silva Teixeira
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant, funny, wise, interesting, informative - just brilliant!
Published 1 month ago by Miss G C Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a sweet, well written book with alot of easily digestible lessens
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