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The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring

David Michie

Inspirational, Spirituality, Fiction


If you are interested in reading The Dalai Lama's Cat first, please email me. The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring is the second book. What makes you purr? Of all the questions in the world, th... More

Feb 10, 2014 tatumrangel
What makes you purr?

Of all the questions in the world, this is the most important.  It is also the great leveler.  Because no matter whether you are a playful kitten or a sedentary senior, a scrawny alley Tom or a 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.

This book is the sequel to The Dalai Lama’s Cat.  In The Dalai Lama’s Cat, we remember the main character as a starving, mud-smeared kitten that is left for dead in the slums of New Delhi.  Fortunately, she is rescued and taken to her new home in the Himalayas, where her new life begins as the Dalai Lama’s cat.  She becomes known as HHC—His Holiness’s Cat.  Throughout the story, HHC, including the reader, learns what it means to seek true happiness and Enlightenment, regardless of the fact that we are in a world of materialism.

In The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring, the Dalai Lama is set to do a teaching tour in America on a temporary basis.  Before he leaves, however, he provides a challenge for HHC.  The challenge is for HHC to discover the true cause of happiness.

There was a particular passage that I’d made a note of for safe-keeping.  The passage read:

If any object, achievement, or relationship was a true cause of happiness, then whoever had such a thing should be happy.  But no such thing has ever been found.  What’s saddest of all is that if we believe that our happiness depends on something we don’t currently have, then we can’t be happy here and now.  Yet here and now is the only time we can be happy.  We can’t be happy in the future; it doesn’t yet exist.

I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading this book.  It’s quite an inspirational story.  As I may have mentioned in my previous post, I’m not at all familiar with Buddhism.  However, I loved the great advice that the main characters provided.  I encourage you to pick up a copy.  Feel free to let me know what you think.

For more information on the author, David Michie, click here.

FTC Disclosure: I received this free copy from Hay House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions are based on my own experience.
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Dec 10, 2013 aimeeroo
After falling in love with the first book, I was thrilled when I learned that a second had been written. The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring did not disappoint! It is just as charming and endearing as the first book.

The book asks the question, "what makes you purrr", or in other words, what brings you happiness. Told from the perspective of HHC (His Holiness's Cat), the story weaves in key concepts of living a happier life. There is a bit of everything in this book, from humor, to more touching moments, and yes, purring.

We first meet this adorable feline, HHC (His Holiness’ Cat), also known as “Little Snow Lion” in the first book "The Dalai Lama’s Cat." HHC was rescued by the Dalai Lama when he saw the small kitten being thrown in the gutter. The first story we get to know what it is like living with the Dalai Lama, all told from the perspective of a very curious kitty! We also meet some of the characters that are in the sequel.

Before leaving for a very long trip to the United States, the Dalai Lama gives his Snow Lion the task of discovering the true causes of happiness. Being the smart cat that she is, HHC sets about trying to learn what makes her purr. Along the way humans, and even some dogs, help her discover what can help create lasting happiness in life.

A fun and easy read that teaches without preaching, these books have both become favorites. In fact, I really hope there will be a third in the series.
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Dec 10, 2013 ginadrellack
This is the second book by David Michie that enlightens readers through adventures of the Dalai Lama's cat. It is helpful to get the background of HHC (His Holiness' Cat) by reading the previous one first, but each is a stand-alone story in itself.

The Art of Purring is a handbook for happiness. "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." (Michie) If this idea ripples through your soul with peace and promise, this book is for you--whether you are a cat lover or not!

Through the experiences of HHC in each chapter, we learn universal truths about happiness:

Happiness is cultivated from within as opposed to being a result of externals.
Success is a result of happiness, not the other way around.
Happiness grows from being a part of a cause greater than our own selves.
Happiness is not found in the past, nor is it found in the future.
All we have is the now, and each day of that now is a miracle.
We all have great capacity for happiness, and can actively expand this.
When we help others, we ourselves actually benefit first.
Mood is linked to food ingested.
Equanimity and happiness are conjoined twins. (Equanimity: "mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, esp. in a difficult situation." New Oxford American Dictionary; thank you Kindle!)
We limit our view of mind, our potential is infinitely expandable.
The lessons in the chapters are gently delivered and easily received. As HHC learns, we resonate--that's a beautiful gift.

I received this book from Hay House in exchange for the purpose of review.
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Dec 04, 2013 tammyacosta81
I just finished reading The Dalia Lama's Cat and The Art of Purring by David Michie :) The first book I have ever read from the perspective of a cat, and I was a little unsure if I would be able to get into it. I was pleasantly surprised!

In the book, The Dalai Lama goes away on a trip and gives his cat something to think about while he is gone.. What is true happiness - and how can it be obtained? Throughout the book, the cat encounters situations and characters that help her realize just what happiness means for her, and gives food for thought on how anyone can find their true happiness. More than once, I had to stop reading and ponder over how similar some situations this little cat went through mirrored experiences I had myself experience in my own life. It gave me a different perspective, by seeing through the eyes of a cat I realized that if I changed my perspective, I could find happiness no matter my current situation.

I am not familiar with Buddhism or Buddhist traditions etc, but this book is sprinkled throughout with wisdom that I am sure is taken from teachings etc and it was wonderful because it opened my eyes to another part of the world, another culture, another belief system, and left me with the thought that no matter what belief system we follow or if we are human or feline - genuine happiness can be found by anyone if we take the time to discover what truly makes us purr.

FTC Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
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Nov 15, 2013 Eleven11
I love this book! No, I adore this book! This is so cute! If you are a cat lover, you are going to fall in love with His Holiness' Cat! Even if you are not a cat lover, if you are a lover of spiritual truth and wisdom, you will enjoy this book, as well.

This is the second book in a series. If you have not read the first book, "The Dalai Lama's Cat" you can get it here.

Inspired by the author's very own Himalayan, the fictional journey continues of HHC, the little cat that was rescued by the Dalai Lama.

I love the premise of this book, and the first one, and how Author David Michie cleverly weaves within the fun, exciting, and sometimes dramatic adventures of HHC lessons of deeper spiritual truths and higher ways of looking at things, making them available and more easily absorbed than just coming right out and teaching them. And what better perspective, what better view, at spirituality than that of a cat, and not just any cat, but the Dalai Lama's Cat!

I love especially that this book magically transcends the spirituality genre and just steps right over into an area that many people who would never pick up a book on Buddhism or meditation or spirituality in general, might actually read and enjoy. My husband is one of them. He would never walk into a book store and pick up a book about the teachings of the Buddha or about meditation or anything in the self-help or spirituality genre. And yet I am here to tell you that my husband saw me reading this book and he wanted to read it. And when he did read it, he loved it as much as I did! This book, and the first one, would make excellent Christmas gifts to anyone you would like to share some new spiritual ideals with.

No matter what you call her, HHC, Rinpoche, or Snow Lion, curl up with "The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring" and find your own answer to the question, "What makes you purr?"

*FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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