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By David MichieThe Dalai Lama's Cat

How would the Dalai Lama react when presented with the ‘gift’ of a dead mouse?

A malnourished slum kitten is carried back to the beautiful sanctuary; by the Dalai Lama himself. Her arresting blue eyes are slowly shown everything in the Buddhist leader’s life: timeless wisdom that comes only in the quietest moments between animal and man. You’ll follow His Holiness’s cat as she rubs up against Hollywood’s starts; teaches lessons at the feet of Buddhist masters, and learns how a bodhisattva deals with life in the twenty-first century; and soon see why a cat has the best vantage point on the fragility and beauty in all humans.

I was entranced from the outset by the narrative of this book, especially the descriptions of the life of the Dalai Lama, his wonderful personality and his profound wisdom. Even though it is obviously a work of fiction, the subtle lessons and observations seem to be presented in a much easier to understand way. The examples given illustrate really clearly how we so often unwittingly sabotage ourselves, and certainly encouraged me to re-examine my own habits and responses. Enjoy this book either as a lovely story or receive from its pages the many beautiful teachings it contains – including one or two little surprises. Whether you are a cat lover or not, this story holds many insights and delightful moments and it is certainly a book I shall read again and again.

Review by Joan Osborne

Published by Hay House  www.hayhouse.co.uk

www.davidmichie.com

ISBN: 978-1-78180-056-0

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by Tsultrim AllioneFeeding Your Demons

Are you struggling with any of the following: depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, a difficult relationship, fear, self-hatred, addiction or anger? Renowned Buddhist leader Tsultrim Allione explains that the harder we fight our demons, the stronger they become. So, if we want to liberate ourselves from the fight for once and for all, we must reverse our approach and nurture our demons. This powerful five-step practice forms a strategy for transforming negative emotions, relationships, fears, illnesses and self-defeating patterns to help you cope with the inner enemies that undermine your best intentions. By recognising your demons, giving them form and feeding them, you can free yourself from the battle. Enriched with detailed examples to show how others have transformed their demons, Feeding your Demons will give you remarkable new insight into the forces that threaten to defeat you, along with the tools to achieve inner peace.

When I first heard about Feeding your Demons, I did not feel inclined to read or buy it. After all, as a Lightworker, I would rather read about Angels, Masters and Beings of Light. But when my mother went to a workshop by Tsultrim about working with inner demons, I was amazed by the transformation in her, so I started reading the book. I realised it really is a wonderful book to read and truly inspirational. As a therapist I so very often see people fighting against their problems, fighting against their fears, all the while increasing the problem by doing so. What you resist persists. Instead of fighting your inner demons, this book teaches you an ancient Buddhist practice to embrace your inner demons and by doing so transform them into protectors and allies.

This book is a must-read, but more importantly a must-try, because the real power in this book is not in the reading, but in practising feeding your own inner demons.

Review by Cathelijne Filippo-Kokkeel

Published by Hay House  http://www.hayhouse.co.uk/  ISBN: 1848501730 www.kapalatraining.com

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by Jack KornfieldThe Wise Heart

Jack Kornfield is one of the leading spiritual teachers of our time. Having trained as a Buddhist monk in monastaries in Burma India and Thailand, and gaining a PHD in psychology, he soon realised that Buddhist teachings are a compelling challenge to much of the western world. Along with Thich Nhat Hanh and others, he has helped to introduce the core teachings of Buddhist wisdom in a non-sectarian and accessible way for western culture.  In this book he takes the reader straight to the heart of Buddhist teachings, and at the end of most chapters, suggests specific practices to try.  For me, the title of this book describes the author. He writes in such a way that the reader is drawn to his warmth and compassion, he knows that some of the teachings are hard to grasp but is encouraging and inspiring, truly wanting us to discover our own capacity for kindness and wisdom that will enable us to fulfil our potential, and transform the way that we handle everyday challenges.

Review by Sandra Marrison.  Published by Rbooks.  ISBN 978-1-84-604125-9 www.rbooks.co.uk   www.jackkornfield.org

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