about David Michie

David Michie

In my early 30s I was working for a public relations agency in London when I began suffering from stress.  On the surface of things I was coping, but I’d break out in such severe rashes that my doctor prescribed anti-histamine pills.  A chance visit to a complementary therapist started me on a meditation journey that saw the rashes quickly disappear – and a much more fascinating journey begin to unfold.

That journey led me to my Tibetan Buddhist teachers, Les Sheehy, Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden and Zasep Tulku Rinpoche.  During the next 15 years, while continuing to work in corporate communications, I immersed myself in the practices and insights of Tibetan Buddhism.  These not only offered enhanced balance, clearer focus and a sense of profound well-being.  They have lifted the veil to a completely different understanding about the nature of my own consciousness - and of reality.

One of the extraordinary aspects of Tibetan Buddhism is that its purpose is not to win converts.  It is to share tools and practices which help people cultivate happiness, inner peace and ultimately enlightenment.  I try doing exactly this by:

  •  Writing books, both non-fiction as well as fiction, which you can find out more about here;
  •  Sharing ideas and insights in a free, regular blog.  Please review the extensive archive across a range of subjects here;
  •  Offering free guided meditation downloads to help you in your meditation practice, as well as other free audio resources, which you can access when you Sign Up here;
  •  Frequently updating two Facebook pages which I manage personally.  One of these is David Michie Author and the other The Dalai Lama’s Cat;
  •  Delivering courses, speeches and presentations – you can access my schedule here;
  •  Leading an annual Mindful Safari to Africa.  Having been born and raised in Zimbabwe, my love of Africa remains deep and enduring.   On these magical 6 day adventures I guide people on journeys through fascinating, unexplored terrain – both other and inner.  Find out more here.

It is my heartfelt wish that you may come to discover, directly for yourself, that beneath your sometimes volatile thoughts and feelings, your own primordial conscious is a flow of boundless, radiant tranquillity.  With practice, you can come home to this ambrosial dwelling.

 May all beings have happiness and its causes;

May all beings be free from suffering and its causes;

May all beings never be parted from the happiness that is without suffering;

May all beings abide in peace and equanimity, their minds free from attachment, aversion and free from indifference.

 

 

 

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Posted on: Apr 26, 2016

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Most of us will do whatever we can to avoid suffering.  We don’t like the idea of it.  We don’t much like even the word.  Whether it’s trivial inconvenience or major life-changing suffering we want no part of it.  But the reality is that for much of our lives we experience some level of dissatisfaction.   This was Buddha’s first ‘Noble Truth’ – or as The Dalai Lama puts it, his first ‘fact of life.’ Buddhism has many ways of reframing our experience of reality, to find mental outcomes that better serve us.  What is beneficial about suffering? When we go through a terrible experience – health, financial, legal, relationship or other problems – our empathy for others in the same situation develops quite naturally.  We really know how they feel.  We feel the same.  Because of our suffering, we can relate to them strongly, in a heartfelt way.  Our capacity for empathy deepens.

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