Every once in a while you come across a book that engages you so much that you can feel the emotions of the characters. It’s a little embarrassing to say that this has happened to me with a feline protagonist. His Holiness’s Cat (also called HHC or Snow Lion among other names) is the Dalai Lama’s cat living with him in his quarters in Jokhang. Snow Lion was saved when two young boys were selling her and her littermates to make a small profit. They were all taken too early from their mother, and Snow Lion was particularly vulnerable and weak. Snow Lion tells her story in The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie. David Michie has also written other fiction including two more books about Snow Lion (I love series) and several nonfiction books about Buddhism.
From her perch in the Dalai Lama’s chambers Snow Lion observes the Dalai Lama’s meditation practice and his interactions with people from all walks of life as they flock to him. Snow Lion learns more than anyone could ever learn about Buddhism without becoming a monk herself. And, Snow Lion has the additional experiences of going to Café Franc down the street each day where she observes even more of life in a Buddhist-friendly environment. Snow Lion’s observational skills are exceptional. And her writing is fantastic. In fact, sometimes you even forget that it is a cat that is writing this fictional story and you wonder how much of it is true.