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#CBR6 Review #3 – The Dalai Lama’s Cat

The Dalai Lama's CatTarget: David Michie’s The Dalai Lama’s Cat

Profile: Religion, Self-help, Cats

After Action Report:

I don’t really like self-help books.  I find the concept to be disingenuous at best.  Something about ‘self-help’ originating from someone else’s mind is counterintuitive to me.  Still, The Dalai Lama’s Cat has an adorable kitty on the cover and it while it definitely feels like a self-help book, it’s really closer to being Vajrayana Buddhism for Dummies.

On the surface, The Dalai Lama’s Cat is the story of an abandoned kitten who is plucked from the streets by the Dalai Lama.  The cat, called a variety of names including His Holiness’s Cat and Mousie-Tung, grows up at the feet of one of the most renowned spiritual leaders of our time and decides to tell her story so that some of the wisdom she has gained will not be kept all to herself.  The book adopts a rambling narrative, relating little vignettes from HHC’s life that inevitably end in a lesson from the Dalai Lama or one of his close associates.

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