“The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring”—A Review

The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring

What makes you purr?

Of all the questions in the world, this is the most important.  It is also the great leveler.  Because no matter whether you are a playful kitten or a sedentary senior, a scrawny alley Tom or a sleek-coated uptown girl, whatever your circumstances, you just want to be happy.  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.

This book is the sequel to The Dalai Lama’s Cat.  In The Dalai Lama’s Cat, we remember the main character as a starving, mud-smeared kitten that is left for dead in the slums of New Delhi.  Fortunately, she is rescued and taken to her new home in the Himalayas, where her new life begins as the Dalai Lama’s cat.  She becomes known as HHC—His Holiness’s Cat.  Throughout the story, HHC, including the reader, learns what it means to seek true happiness and Enlightenment, regardless of the fact that we are in a world of materialism.

In The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring, the Dalai Lama is set to do a teaching tour in America on a temporary basis.  Before he leaves, however, he provides a challenge for HHC.  The challenge is for HHC to discover the true cause of happiness.

There was a particular passage that I’d made a note of for safe-keeping.  The passage read:

If any object, achievement, or relationship was a true cause of happiness, then whoever had such a thing should be happy.  But no such thing has ever been found.  What’s saddest of all is that if we believe that our happiness depends on something we don’t currently have, then we can’t be happy here and now.  Yet here and now is the only time we can be happy.  We can’t be happy in the future; it doesn’t yet exist.

I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading this book.  It’s quite an inspirational story.  As I may have mentioned in my previous post, I’m not at all familiar with Buddhism.  However, I loved the great advice that the main characters provided.  I encourage you to pick up a copy.  Feel free to let me know what you think.

For more information on the author, David Michie, click here.

FTC Disclosure: I received this free copy from Hay House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions are based on my own experience.