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David Michie: My Corgis and Other Animals

As the author of The Dalai Lama’s Cat series, and a clear devotee of all things feline, people sometimes assume that I am a dog-hater.

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Posted on: Sep 27, 2016

How to handle the shadow side of goals

In my 20s and 30s I was very keen on goals.  ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there,’ was a premise that made perfect sense to me.  I read books and articles on goals.  I faithfully documented and reviewed my goals.  I was aware that goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound).  I was also aware they should be ‘big and hairy’(i.e.

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Posted on: Sep 20, 2016

The Dalai Lama’s Cat is visited by The Queen’s Corgi

Picture the following scene, dear reader.  It is a busy morning at the Himalaya Book Café.  With less than an hour before lunch service, I am sitting on my customary spot on magazine rack, nostrils flaring as I try to identify the delightful aromas wafting from the kitchen, where the Dragpa brothers are working their usual culinary magic.  In my mind a question arises that has challenged all the Greatest Thinkers since the time of the Buddha himself: what is for lunch? I am ruminating on just this when a small dog appears at the front door.  He is looking directly at me.  Being a feline of considerable beauty and fame - the very reason, in fact, that many tourists beat a pathway to Dharamsala - I am quite used to being the focus of others’ attention.  Though not often a dog’s.

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Posted on: Sep 13, 2016

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