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 wellbeing, irrespective of belief.  My wish is to share what I have learned by: 

  •  Writing books, both non-fiction as well as fiction, on mindfulness and Buddhism, 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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Finding it hard to let go of past hurts? A mindful perspective.

Every one of us will experience hurt, betrayal and disappointment.  What matters is how we deal with these feelings.  As the Dalai Lama says, ‘Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional.’  What he means is that although it’s impossible to avoid upsetting experiences, we do have a say about whether negative events or people continue to affect us.


Posted on: Jul 7, 2016

7 Reasons to Practice Mindfulness in Nature

Never have humans been so dislocated from nature as we are today.  For most of our existence, whether as hunter gatherers or farmers, our lives have depended on the natural world.  Understanding the subtle signals of other animals, the cycle of the seasons and the growth of crops were an assumed part of human survival.


Posted on: Jun 21, 2016

The Joy of Winefulness

  I practice and teach meditation.  I also enjoy wine.  White in summer, red in winter is what floats my particular boat.  I drink in moderation and only rarely over-indulge.


Posted on: May 17, 2016

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