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Summary

Featuring a delightful cast of characters and timeless Buddhist wisdom, and with His Holiness' compassion pervading every chapter, The Dalai Lama's Cat is simply enchanting. 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 snowcapped 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 busyness 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.

This audiobook also contains six delightful tracks taking you through guided stretches and sits, including:

  • How to sit when you meditate
  • Standing roll down and breath counting
  • Paw raise and purring
  • Threading the needle and body awareness
  • Cat pose and visualisation technique
  • Shoulder bridge and analytical meditation
  • Paw stretch, tranquillity and affirmations

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  • Edyta
  • Minsk Mazowiecki Poland
  • 28-03-17

Purr joy

This book will not provide you with some ground-breaking wisdom, it touches on the things that, more or less, are common knowledge of what it means to be a good human or cat being, what it means to be happy, joyful or at peace with the world.
What this book does is pure joy of listening to a beautiful story, so soothing for your frayed nerves. It made me feel like immersing in a better place and for these short moments after listening I was a better person until everyday stress caught up with me, but those moments were very precious. That is why I will go back to this book. Oh, one more thing, believe me, I look at my cat now from a little bit different perspective.

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Meow!

What a truly lovely book. If you love cats and would like to understand a little more about Mindfulness, you will love this. David brings the whole story to life. I love it and have just bought the next two books in the series.

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Love it!

Really really enjoyable! Taken off on different journeys and adventures all while on the same path, so many life lessons along the way, humorous and intellectual. Thanks

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Got me from the get go and held me

My evaluation of this is am I changed ? Yes can I sustain this I don't know, Do I hope so? Yes. You judge xx

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for cat loving psychotherapists

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes most of my friends are cat lovers

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Loved this writer and the clever way he brings Buddhist understanding to every day life. Not to mention the way he portrays the Dala Lama.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

Dare you to read this book and not learn something new about yourself! It combines psychotherapy with a great understanding of a cat's mind.

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A peaceful place to go to

I read Buddhism for busy people a few years ago and it brought much peace into my soul. The Dalai Lama's cat books are a delightful trilogy by the same author that bring not only a calming and delightful story but very simple and powerful meditations set.

Looking forward to more of these in the future

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Inspiring!

It has inspired me to begin meditating again! A lovely story with lots of life enhancing tips!

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Lovely Book with great buddhist insight!

If you could sum up The Dalai Lama's Cat + The Dalai Lama's Cat: Guided Meditations in three words, what would they be?

A really great book! I loved the story and the buddhist insight. The characters are interesting and HHC... I love the cat!

Who was your favorite character and why?

HHC - a kind cat and very curious

Which character – as performed by David Michie – was your favourite?

HHC

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many parts!

Any additional comments?

Cant wait to listen to the next one!

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Charming and so true

This book constitutes a charming introduction to a compassionate way of looking at the world. I loved David Michie’s smooth soothing narration. The whole story is told from the point of view of the cat but the author manages it perfectly without strain of any sort. It is a real antidote to life’s nervousness and speed. I enjoyed it very much. There is a great deal of wisdom presented in a totally non-preachy way.

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A cute introduction to mindfulness

A cute introduction to mindfulness.
But why is the narrator male if the protagonist cat is female? I really baffles me and there is no excuse for it.

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  • Mark
  • 27-11-16

Even better than Michie's nonfiction Buddhist book

I had extremely low expectations for this book but maybe I was just in the right mood because this was great fun. The Dalai Lama is coming back from the airport when he spots an injured kitten who is literally being thrown in the trash. He has the cat rescued and the cat (who narrates) proceeds to meditate beside the Dalai Lama, meet visiting celebrities and learn Buddhist teachings from the Tibetan leader himself and his disciples. I liked the lessons explained this more than in Michie’s nonfiction books, which are good, too. Grade: A-

The narration is very good by the author.

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  • Elin Torvik
  • 20-06-16

Best Listen so far this year!

Where does The Dalai Lama's Cat + The Dalai Lama's Cat: Guided Meditations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book captures your heart and your mind. I have read all 3 now and my 13 yr old son just finished this one too and immediately downloaded the 2nd. We love the brilliant narrative of this little Himalayan cat, who is on a path through life similar to all creatures - and surprisingly, we can relate!

Who was your favorite character and why?

While there is no question my son and I both love the little Snow Lion, he feels an affinity for Sam and I do love Mrs. Trencci.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved how she came to meet up with her Tom Cat - needing to overcome her aversions to non familiar places.

If you could take any character from The Dalai Lama's Cat + The Dalai Lama's Cat: Guided Meditations out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The Dalai Lama - as I am sure it would be - cativating!

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  • Jennifer
  • 14-05-16

Get in touch with your own inner purr

Enjoyed this book ~ Especially the Purr meditation for healing & well~being. It is a light~hearted, non~preachy way to explore some Buddhist concepts, how to use "annoyances" as opportunities for inner peace & growth, & also to take from it what you may. Enjoyed the cat character very much

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  • An Old Hippie Chick
  • 22-05-17

Lovely Tale of a Lucky Cat w/ Snippets of Buddhism

Beautiful story about an anthropomorphic cat with the good luck to be rescued, nearly dead, from an Indian city slum, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and raised to adult cat-hood by His Holiness and brother monks, along with a fascinating cast of characters: Westerners looking for Eastern wisdom, Easterners with Western technology, world-famous actors and actresses who come for a blessing, and many more, both human and animal.

During her day-to-day existence, HHC (His Holiness' Cat) learns plenty of lessons on how Buddhist principles can turn the problems in her life into opportunities for growth and further contentment. Lessons that she gently and with much humor then transmits to the reader. It's done so smoothly there's no feeling of being 'preached to,' and the examples from HHC's life are smooth enough that the lessons are quite explanatory and easily transferred into our lives as well.

I bought this first book as a kind of a test; I believe it may have been on sale. Now a fanatical reader of Michie's, I'm off to buy Book 2, in which Snow Lion--one of her many names--becomes a mother. Will she be a good mom? What aspects of Buddhism will she learn to help her to raise her kittens? We shall see...

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  • PattyQB
  • 18-04-17

Finally, the door opens

I could never listen to a tome about mindfulness. Only a cat- the Dalai Lama's cat, brought the humor necessary to maintain a developing narrative to enlighten me of, not just the principles of practice, but an understanding of the joy.
I listened to all three.

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  • Patricia
  • 11-06-16

Charming

This is a charming book. One that touches the heart and also the soul. For those who love the royal kitties of the world, this is a wonderful way to learn Buddhist philosophy.

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  • Judy
  • 20-10-17

Lovely

What a sweet, lovely book. Kitty slips in philosophical commentary while we're listening to her purr.

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  • Diana
  • 16-04-17

An entertaining way to learn about meditation

This story is excellent, the visuals and other descriptions are effortlessly included within a story that has 3-D characters. The writing is sophisticated, with insightful observations about people and situations, and yet simply presented. And the main character, the cat, is a charming way to tell a very interesting story.

The narration is perfect too. I found a brief youtube clip of David Michie explaining why he wrote a fictional book and it made sense. I often seek books that are going to give me pleasure and an escape and this book (and the 2 following it) was perfect, and fun. I could feel my face's cheek muscles were getting a workout from the permanent smile on my face as I listened to the story.

The bonus meditation instructions at the end of the audio book are a generous gift to the listener.

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  • Lise N. Pellerin
  • 27-02-17

10 out of 10 stars

Yes, I know there are not 10 stars. But this book (2 books) deserves all 10. If you are also looking for a book for figuring out Buddhism, this one not only explains but puts it in a real-life context, too. Has humor, too.

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  • Rosemary M. Byrne
  • 25-02-17

A delightful story!

I loved listening to this book and will read more of Michie's works. Namaste.

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