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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Where does consciousness come from?

It seems to me that, whoever we are and whatever our convictions, there is a single question we all need to answer.  The way we answer may well underpin how we live our life.  The question is seldom made explicit, but is often implicit in both scientific and religious beliefs.  For my own part, I wish that people were encouraged to give it much more attention, because it really is fundamental to our experience of reality.


Posted on: Jan 28, 2016

Can Buddhists celebrate Christmas?

Can Buddhists celebrate Christmas – especially those of us living in the West? Of course we can! What is un-Buddhist about peace and goodwill to all men?  About practising generosity and showing kindness to family, friends and strangers?  All of these are in perfect accord with Buddhism, and it is wonderful to have a culturally-agreed season during which special emphasis is placed on these activities.


Posted on: Dec 22, 2015

How do you pronounce “David Michie”?

  A few months ago, if anyone had said I’d be writing a blog on how to pronounce my name, I’d have told them they were mad.  Only a completely self-absorbed narcissist would think that a subject worthy of a blog.  And I’m not one of those.


Posted on: Nov 17, 2015

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