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The Dalai Lama’s Cat is a multi-layered treatise on the practical aspects of Buddhist teachings cloaked in the delightful tale of a cat who becomes the pet of the Dalai Lama.  Besides introducing us to the fascinating life at the residence of one of the great spiritual leaders of our time, the story weaves together self-deprecating humor and profound teaching through the adventures of HHC  (His Holiness’s Cat) a.k.a. Snow Lion. Snow Lion is “Everycat” who aspires to being a “bodhicatva”, with all the foibles of his human companions- pride, insecurities,  jealousy, over-eating and challenges to being a good meditator. At counterpoint is the Dalai Lama, who rescues Snow Lion, and whose compassionate presence transforms the lives of all the book's characters.

 Author David Michie has already shown us ways to integrate Tibetan Buddhist teaching into everyday life through his previous best sellers, Buddhism for Busy People and Hurry Up and Meditate. But if lightness and humor are a hallmark of enlightened perspective, then Michie’s feline tale offers his readers a purrfectly enchanting entree into the real life benefits of spiritual practice with a delightful dollop of whimsy to keep us laughing at ourselves.