The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring
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?
Before leaving for a teaching tour to America, the Dalai Lama poses a challenge to his beloved feline, HHC (His Holiness's Cat): to discover the true cause of happiness. Little does she know what adventures this task will bring!
Sparkling with wisdom, warmth, and a touch of mischief, The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring is a charming reminder of why HHC is becoming one of the most-loved cats around the world.
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.
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.
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.