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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Mindfulness at Work Seminar: Perth, 12 December 2014

Challenges At Work The challenges we face at work are unprecedented and multiplying.  They include technological advancements demanding immediate, round-the-clock responsiveness; increasingly onerous regulation, tougher performance measurements; unprecedented volatility in our external environments and the constant need to do more with less.


Posted on: Oct 16, 2014

Is meditation the same as hypnosis?

  This question sometimes comes up at seminars and is one that interests me having trained as a hypnotherapist before I came to meditation.  Since I was a boy I was fascinated by the way that hypnosis provides direct access to the subconscious mind.  And so, some years ago while living in London, I learned a few of the techniques in the hypnotherapy/NLP toolbox.  I never intended to make this my career, but what I learned has been useful in my personal and professional life.


Posted on: Oct 11, 2014

What can we learn from Near Death Experiences?

  Near Death Experiences, or NDEs, have always been with us, but in the past 30 years as resuscitation techniques have become much more effective - especially after heart attacks - reports of NDEs have become more widespread.  The sheer volume of cases has given rise to significant research by eminent medical specialists and researchers such as Raymond Moody, Kenneth Ring, Michael Sabom and Bruce Greyson.  Their key findings are very helpfully summarised by Pim van Lommel, M.D, in his illuminating book ‘Consciousness Beyond Life.’ Understanding the death process is of critical importance in Tibetan Buddhism, and I’m always interested to learn what well-informed researchers outside the tradition have to say on this subject.


Posted on: Sep 27, 2014

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