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The Dalai Lama's Cat
The Dalai Lama's Cat
Author: 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 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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781401940584
ISBN-10: 1401940587
Publication Date: 10/1/2012
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Publisher: Hay House Visions
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
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In this book you will find a cats eye view of Buddhism; call it an illumination of Buddhism perhaps. After all, what is a feline who walks at the heels [and occasionally bites at the ankles] of one of the great spiritual leaders to do but study the path toward Enlightenment?

The narrator cat immediately experiences the foundation of Buddhist thought; `compassion for all living things; in action when the Dalai Lama rescues her half-drowned, starving and near dead from the gutters of New Delhi. Its the first step the feline [and the reader] take down the path towards the illumination of Buddhist thought.

Much of the book consists of the cats observations: of His Holiness, of his followers, of students and of the personages that come and go through the temple doors. These observations of the `enlightened and the `not so enlightened are then refined to illuminate her feline world view. Sounds heavy, doesnt it? Its not. You spend a lot of time figuring out who the various famous visitors are. You are moved by some of the situations and laugh with Snow Lions observations. The `nuggets of Buddhism shared are not `preachy you dont have to be Buddhist or even religious to find them both interesting and useful in every day life.

If youre looking for a warm, fuzzy, `kitty story; you wont find that here. If youre looking for the revelations of Great Truth, you wont find that here either. What you will find is a good, thought-provoking read. One youll probably recommend to friends or give as a gift.
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