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The Dalai Lama's Cat [Kindle Edition]

David Michie
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“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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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)

About the Author

David Michie is the bestselling author of 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1238 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • 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 (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,419 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Michie is the internationally best-selling author of a number of books about mindfulness, meditation and Buddhism. These include the non-fiction titles Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate, Hurry Up and Meditate and Buddhism for Busy People, as well as his popular novel series The Dalai Lama's Cat. His books are available in 25 languages in over 30 different countries.

David has been delivering mindfulness and meditation seminars to a diverse range of audiences for the past five years. These include participating in ongoing programs under the auspices of the Australian Institute of Management - University of Western Australia Business School, Executive Education, as well as for a wide range of private, public and not-for-profit organisations including Bankwest, Ernst and Young, Woodside, Wesfarmers, Leading Edge Books, Heart Foundation, Cancer Support Association, Rotary, Medicare, Department of Health and the Tibetan Buddhist Society.

David has been a keynote speaker at a number of national conferences including the Happiness & Its Causes Conference in Sydney and Australian Meditation Conference in Melbourne. He has also been commissioned to contribute to a variety of major newspapers and magazines such as The Times of India - the world's largest English language newspaper, The Daily Telegraph (UK), USA Today, The Australian and a very wide variety of other traditional and digital publications.

David's blog on mindfulness and related subjects at attracts a global audience of thousands of visitors each week. He has recorded guided meditations used in-flight by Air New Zealand, some of which are also available as free downloads from his website.

David was born in Zimbabwe, educated at Rhodes University, South Africa, and lived in London for ten years. A student of the Tibetan Buddhist Society, his teachers are Les Sheehy, Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden and Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. He is married and currently lives in Perth, Western Australia.

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10 of 10 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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18 of 19 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dalai Lama's Cat 2 Feb. 2013
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A small kitten being ill-treated by some small boys attracts the attention of the Dalai Lama as he is driven through Delhi having returned from a visit to the US. He rescues the kitten and nurses her back to life and health - apart from slightly wobbly back legs. HHC (His Holiness' Cat) as she is nicknamed soon becomes a popular part of the Dalai Lama's household.

As she is living with one of the holiest men in the world HHC picks up a lot of wisdom and advice about how to live a truly Buddhist life. But HHC's activities are not confined to the Dalai Lama's home and the temple and monastery nearby as HHC ventures out into the community and visits a nearby café.

If you don't like books narrated by animals then this isn't the book for you. I really enjoyed it and thought the author had really captured the cat's personality. As a way of learning a certain amount about Tibetan Buddhism I really can't fault it. Even if you are not religious at all it is still an entertaining story and the message isn't laboured at all. It has aroused my interest in Buddhism and I think I shall be reading more about the subject.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming 16 Dec. 2012
By Amazon Customer 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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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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While the Dalai Lama is travelling through Delhi he sees a small frail kitten being ill treated by small boys.
The kitten is rescued and nursed back to good health by the Dalai Lamas staff and then takes up residence in His Holiness' Household, she is given various names by different staff : HHC "His Holiness'Cat" , The Snow Lion , Mousie Tung being just a few.
This charming novel is narrated by HHC and tells of her life in the Household and Temple and local area. Observance of the life in the Temple and of the colourful characters involved in the life of the Dalai Lama are well described and come to life through the pages, along with discussions about Buddhist teachings and about some of the visitors who gained audience with His Holiness.
It's witty and well written and certainly helps with an insight into Buddhism and the mind of the cat !!!
A great read for feline fans and those wanting to learn a bit more about the Buddhist ways .
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5.0 out of 5 stars One cat's insights into life and human nature as she interprets them.
If you like cats you will love this. Very funny and provides an introduction to Buddhism. Written as if the cat is the author . Read more
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This book was recommended to me as an enjoyable read. I'm not a particular cat lover but the gentle humour of this book made me stick with it and I'm glad I did. Read more
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Loved it, couldn't out it down. I felt I was actually there.
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Bought this book for my partner and he couldn't put it down. He has actually read it three times now.
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