Breakfast With Buddha

Breakfast With Buddha

A Novel

Book - 2007
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When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger--and amuse himself--he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way. From a chocolate factory in Hershey to a bowling alley in South Bend, from a Cubs game at Wrigley field to his family farm near Bismarck, Otto is given the remarkable opportunity to see his world--and more important, his life--through someone else's eyes. Gradually, skepticism yields to amazement as he realizes that his companion might just be the real thing.

In Roland Merullo's masterful hands, Otto tells his story with all the wonder, bemusement, and wry humor of a man who unwittingly finds what he's missing in the most unexpected place.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565125520
1565125525
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 21 cm

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QnVz
Aug 10, 2016

This is one of the most beautiful books I have read in a long time--the story, some of the description are absolutely radiating. I love the tenderness and spirituality. I love the way Merullo develped this story and the beauty that lies within in very much! What a sweet gift!

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gbohomegirl7
Apr 09, 2016

As a favor to his sister, a seemingly content man takes a "sort-of-Buddhist" monk on a trip across country but finds himself on a spiritual journey of his own. Interesting as well as amusing.

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BeckBe
Aug 17, 2012

A nicely written story of spiritual discovery couched in the guise of a road trip.

thart Oct 19, 2011

Book Club read (1/2011). It was a fun novel; but, not earth-shattering for me I think because I already read non-fiction that I think was more powerful about the Dalai Lama that I am convinced this author tried to turn into fiction with this novel. "The Art of Happiness" with Howard C. Cutler and the Dalai Lama is your non-fiction option for this. Although, if you want spiritual journey, mid-life crisis, and road trip in fiction form than this is your book :)

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Aug 10, 2016

"...I realized that he'd probably been using the redirecting of the river as a spiritual metaphor: Why not alter your life instead of changing its direction 180 degrees?' (Otto)

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Aug 10, 2016

"...If a man speaks or acts with eveil thought, pain follows him, just like the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the cart. If a person speaks or acts with pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves." (Rinpoche to Otto)

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