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The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring – Book Review

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Published September 10th 2016
Investigating the art of happiness
In the words of the Dalai Lama's Cat, "What makes you purr? Of all the questions in the world, this is the most important…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."

The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring

Walk in the footsteps of this beautiful Himalayan, as she wanders the streets of McLeod Ganj in her quest to discover the cause of happiness; a question posed by the Dalai Lama before he embarked on a seven-week teaching trip. Otherwise known as His Holiness's Cat (HHC), Snow Lion, Rinpoche (meaning Precious One in Tibetan) and Swami, this loveable feline acquires many names along her journey as she learns invaluable lessons through yoga, meditation, curry banquets and friendships.

The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring is the second book in the Dalai Lama's Cat trilogy written by Perth-based, international best-selling author, David Michie. Written from the perspective of HHC, readers are transported to another country.

The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring

A play on the art of happiness, The Art of Purring is a feel good novel that touches the heart and captivates readers from the first to the last page. Michie weaves the key themes of love, life and death with humour, psychology, research and Buddhist teachings. One of the many nuggets of wisdom found amongst the narrative is from Austrian psychologist Viktor Frankl from his book, Man's Search for Meaning:

"Don't aim for success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue…as the unintended side-effect of one's dedication to a course greater than oneself".

At 208 pages, this insightful novel is an easy and enjoyable read. Cat lovers will fall in love with Michie's clever plot and endearing characters.

Other popular titles on mindfulness, meditation and Buddhism by David Michie include Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate and Buddhism for Busy People.

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