The Dalai Lama's Cat is a sweet, gentle and humorous book that I truly enjoyed during a very difficult time, it was exactly what I needed. I adore the cover! I've had a passing interest in the Dalai Lama, mostly just seeing snippets of wisdom here and there attributed to him, but would really never have thought about him having a pet, so even the title grabbed my attention.
HHC - His Holiness' Cat actually acquires many names in her tenure at Jokhang, not all of which she is amused by. Saved from certain death as a tiny kitten, this is her story, told from her point of view of her time there, and how she grows and tries to apply the Dalai Lama's teachings to her life. She is first and foremost a cat, however, and is subject to a cat's whims, follies and attitudes. The result is a delightful and amusing story that weaves the occasional Buddhist precept into it, leaving me more interested in the Dalai Lama and Buddhism than I was before. It seems like such a gentle philosophy of life, and many of the ideas could be used as guiding principles, regardless of your beliefs.
I highly recommend The Dalai Lama's Cat to cat and all animal lovers of course. I always enjoy stories told from the animal's point of view. I would also encourage anyone who is curious about the religion to give this a try. It is a very beginning introduction by way of the setting and is very non-judgemental in the presentation of ideas.