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I have a hard time reading non-fiction. But put the concepts in a novel, and I am right there! The Dalai Lama’s Cat is a book that teaches the concepts of Buddhism through a work of fiction. (And simplicity is a key to Buddhism, hence the connection to Wednesday Simplicity days)
As a religious path, I am not a Buddhist. My husband is, though, so there are a good number of books on the subject laying around the house. And while I am not a Buddhist, I think there is a lot of right thought inside the teachings. I believe that no matter what your religious or spiritual path, you can apply Buddhist teachings to make your life, and other’s lives, better.
But Buddhist books can be tedious, obscure and difficult to absorb. That is where The Dalai Lama’s Cat steps into the void.
The book is told from the perspective of a kitten, rescued from sure death on the streets of New Delhi, who comes to share the living quarters and staff of the Dalai Lama. She learns many lessons, both through her own experience and by listening. These include lessons on:
- Appearance vs. reality
- Enjoying the present
I breezed through this book, enjoying the story even as I absorbed the teachings. I came away feeling the peace and hope that Buddhism promises.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Even if the teachings of Buddhism do not interest you, the story itself is charming and captivating.
Book: The Dalai Lama’s Cat
Author: David Michie
Publisher: Hay House
Hay House provided me with a free copy of the book to enable me to write this review.