about David Michie

David Michie

DAVID MICHIE is an internationally published author and meditation coach whose books include his recent novel The Dalai Lama's Cat as well as the non fiction best sellers Buddhism for Busy People and Hurry Up and Meditate.

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.

Buddhism for Busy People describes David's own encounter with the tradition, weaving an autobiographic narrative through a presentation of core concepts. Hurry Up and Meditate introduces the scientifically established benefits and main types of meditation practice in a purely secular format.

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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The Great Gatsby and The Dalai Lama’s Cat

In a previous blog I mentioned some of the references in The Dalai Lama's Cat to one of my all time favourite novels, The Great Gatsby (see: http://davidmichie.com/blog/2013/12/03/the-dalai-lamas-dog/)  In this blog I’d like to share a little snippet about the exchanges between the Dalai Lama’s Cat (HHC) and Mambo, her love interest.

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Posted on: Feb 4, 2014

Why I began to meditate – and how I discovered it was working

Why would a busy PR person working in central London decide that meditating is a good idea?  And how might he discover that it was having beneficial effects?  In this three minute video I reveal all! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy3U-im3gWA <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uy3U-im3gWA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> For more short short blogs and videos about meditation, Buddhism and my forthcoming books, please click 'Follow' on the bottom right hand of the page now!  

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Posted on: Jan 26, 2014

What Pussy Riot can teach us about compassion

One of my favourite words in Buddhism is ‘realisation.’  It’s used a fair bit – ‘May you have many realisations’ – but it was a few years before I discovered what it meant.  My teacher explained, with his usual elegant practicality, that a realisation is ‘when your understanding of a subject deepens to the point that it changes your behaviour.’ ‘Realisation’ came to mind last weekend when I read I an article in the UK Sunday Times about Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Nadya to her friends, the most recognisable face of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, who along with Maria Alyokhina has just been released from jail (Maria is on the left, Nadya on the right in the photo above).

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Posted on: Jan 18, 2014

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