about David Michie

David Michie

DAVID MICHIE is the internationally published author of Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate, Buddhism for Busy People and Hurry Up and Meditate, as well as the popular novels The Dalai Lama's Cat and The Art of Purring.

Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate introduces mindfulness and meditation practices. The book not only explains the many benefits, but goes well beyond ‘mindfulness lite'  to describe the truly life-altering experience than occurs when we encounter our own primordial mind directly for ourselves. Free downloads supporting the book are available here.

The Dalai Lama's Cat, 'written' by His Holiness's cat, is a warm hearted account of life with The Dalai Lama, his conversations with celebrities, and her own spirited adventures, offering a playful and intriguing peek into the world of Tibetan Buddhism. In The Art of Purring, His Holiness’s Cat explores the many ways in which Buddhism and contemporary science converge about happiness – and how we can help cultivate it.

Enlightenment to Go illuminates the world's first self-help book, an 8th century text by the Buddhist sage Shantideva, which The Dalai Lama consistently recommends for its life-changing psychological tools and transcendent wisdom.

David teaches mindfulness and meditation techniques to a wide variety of audiences and has developed guided meditations to benefit secular as well as Buddhist practitioners.

David was born in Zimbabwe, educated at Rhodes University, South Africa, and lived in London for ten years. A student of the Tibetan Buddhist Society, his teachers are Les Sheehy, Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden and Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. He is married and currently lives in Perth, Western Australia.

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Happiness vs pleasure: what’s the difference?

Given that the wish to be happy is universal, you’d think that happiness would be a core subject at school, and that we’d all be pretty expert on happiness and its causes.  But the truth is, most people are somewhat hazy about it.  The title of a recent book by Daniel Gilbert, Prof of Psychology at Harvard University, says it all: ‘Stumbling on Happiness.’  In the book - which I recommend highly - Prof Gilbert explains the pitfalls into which we stumble in our pursuit of happiness.

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Posted on: Jul 14, 2014

Video – David Michie launches ‘Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate’

Just sharing the video of the short talk I gave recently to launch Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate at The Bodhi Tree Book Cafe.

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Posted on: Jul 4, 2014

8 ways that mind training is like physical training

As a regular gym goer, as well as long-term meditator, I am often struck by the similarities between mind training and physical training.  The same rules that apply to an exercise regime - be that the gym, yoga, bike riding or running - also generally apply to meditation and mindfulness.

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Posted on: Jun 28, 2014

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