Dharma The Cat : Philosophy With Fur

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On the rocky road to Nirvana with a Buddhist cat, a novice monk and a mouse who doesn't care for anything but cheese...Available for the first time in book format, DHARMA THE CAT: PHILOSOPHY WITH FUR is a collection of cartoons that have appeared on the award-winning 'Dharma the Cat' website. The three characters featured in the cartoon strips are Bodhi, the novice monk; Siam, a cheese loving mouse; and Dharma, a cat who searches for meaning and truth, and looks fondly at the foibles of his human companion. The cartoons offer a rare blend of spirituality, philosophy and humour, with a Buddhist tone. The humour is based on a 'how not to' approach o spiritual practice, as the young novice Bodhi stumbles into every pitfall along the path to enlightenment, highlighting the foibles and universal tangles that people recognise in their own lives.

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Welcome to the HOW NOT TO school of gaining wisdom -- a subject in which I have acquired some measure of expertise.

Many of these cartoons are autobiographical. I actually live with Siam The Mouse and Dharma The Cat. This coolest of cats teaches me how to be fully absorbed in the now, while Siam the cheese-chaser reminds me that one's spiritual development is always balanced by call of the mundane.

So, in these cartoons I am represented by Bodhi, the novice monk who stumbles so earnestly along the Buddha's noble path, while his wise cat Dharma observes from a cool place and offers commentary on my "progress." Meanwhile, Siam continually chases the cheese, and is forever laughing over her shoulder at both of us.

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Dharma The Cat is a very cool cat. From a higher plane he wisely observes his earnest young master, Bodhi, stumbling along the path to spiritual enlightenment, while Siam, a single-minded mouse, doesn't care for anything but the cheese.

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