The Dalai Lama’s Cat

The Dalai Lama’s Cat

by David Michie
ISBN 978-1-4019-4058-4
Hay House Visions, 2012

 “. . . a paradox that the more we focus our thoughts on the well-being of others, the happier we become.”

What would it be like to learn about life from the lap of a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate? What would it be like to live with a man who is not only one of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders “but also a dab hand with a can opener.”

The Dalai Lama’s Cat is David Michie’s novel account of life with the Dalai Lama from the perspective of a cat.

The Dalai Lama rescues an injured, near-dead Himalayan kitten from the gutters of New Delhi and brings her home to recover. Because of this, the kitten learns her first Buddhist lesson: compassion for all living things.

“. . . you become aware that your own true nature is one of boundless love and compassion. It has been there all along, but the Dalai Lama sees it and reflects it back to you . . . this extraordinary revelation often moves people to tears.”

The Dalai Lama’s compassion allows the kitten to believe that she could, in fact, be The Most Beautiful Creature That Ever Lived. With that foundational confidence, His Holiness’s Cat (HHC) settles in to learn at the feet of the master—or from the top of his filing cabinet. By observing the actions of the Dalai Lama and those around him, HHC learns Buddhist practices.

What are the true causes of happiness? What does “wisely selfish” mean? What do you do when you make a mistake?

Richie’s book is quaint and entertaining. Its purpose is to teach readers about Buddhism and how to apply it to life. Each chapter involves a different lesson played out in the lives of people who cross paths with HHC. If Buddhism interests you, HHC teaches it in an endearing, easy to understand way: simple wisdom with profound implications. 

“Two main true causes of happiness: first, the wish to give happiness to others, which Buddhists define as love, and second, the wish to help free others from dissatisfaction of suffering, which we define as compassion.”


I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.


About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on November 14, 2012, in Book reviews, Books provided by publishers, Books to read again and again, Fiction, Self-Help and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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