Review: The Dalai Lama’s Cat

dalailamacatI was able to finish the book that I started last week but just didn’t get enough time to share the review. So this morning I thought I should do that before another hectic day engulfs me.

The book that I read last week was “The Dalai Lama’s Cat” by David Michie. 

And the adjectives that I would use to describe the book are “Beautiful”, “Magical”, “Enjoyable”, etc.

I picked up this book because of the interesting title of this book and had no clue what’s in store. Dalai Lama is a well-known figure throughout the world and in India too he is revered as a ‘Buddhist Dharam Guru’.

You get hooked onto the book with the first few pages and when I started reading the book it was hard to put it down.

The story  begins when the Dalai lama picks up a kitten from a roadside in Delhi where the street urchins were selling it and its other siblings. DL brings it to his abode in Himachal. The story is told from the Cat’s point of view. The Cat tells the entire journey from the time it was picked up and its stay at the Dalai Lama’s.  There is so much wisdom that is embedded in this book yet it doesn’t appear to be a self-help book at any instance. The Buddhist teachings and Buddhism are the main stay of the story yet the simple things told in the book are not restricted to people practicing Buddhism but to anyone and everyone. The book goes on with the Cat trying to adjust in DL’s abode, how it is quickly referred to by different names such as ‘Snow Lion’, ‘Mousie-Tung’, ‘HHC’ and mostly as “The Dalai Lama’s Cat”. The Cat feels the same emotions and same confusions as humans and how it changes itself by listening to the teachings that DL gives to different people.

One of the best instance is when the first time just playing on instincts the Cat attacks a mouse and brings the mouse in its mouth to the DL’s Home. Later it realizes how wrong it was through the words of wisdom by DL that every life is precious and every one wants to live and be safe, at that point it  realizes how it was the same case when DL has picked it up from the Delhi Streets.

Dalai Lama meets many celebrities and Dignitaries and the Cat narrates the stories throughout the book and at every page you will find some or the other learning for life. All in all it’s a wonderful book. The writing is simple and I think a novel is perhaps a better way to help people understand complex words of Wisdom.

Buddhism is partly know in the world and I am sure there are thousands of things we can learn from that religion without the need to convert to it.

The author has already written other books on Buddhism and after reading this I am intrigued and would like to read his other books too.

A wonderful book and I am happy I came across it. I highly recommend reading it.



PS: Thanks to MySmartPrice for sponsoring this wonderful book.



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2 responses to “Review: The Dalai Lama’s Cat

  1. Totally unrelated but that remind me an old story

    “There was a master and when his disciples began their evening meditation, a cat who lived in the monastery made such noise that it distracted them. One day the teacher ordered that the cat be tied up during the evening practice. Years later, when the teacher died, the cat continued to be tied up during the meditation session. And when the cat eventually died, another cat was brought to the monastery and tied up. Centuries later, learned descendants of the spiritual teacher wrote scholarly treatises about the religious significance of tying up a cat for meditation practice”

    I am glad DL set the cat free.

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