Breakfast with Buddha

“Enlightenment meets On the Road in this witty, insightful novel.” —The Boston Sunday Globe When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question riddle what he’d planned. But effort westernize passenger—and amuse himself—he decides show monk some “American fun” along way. From chocolate factory Hershey bowling alley South Bend, from Cubs game at Wrigley field family farm near Bismarck, given remarkable opportunity see world—and more important, life—through someone else’s eyes. Gradually, skepticism yields amazement as he realizes that companion might just be real thing. In Roland Merullo’s masterful hands, tells story all wonder, bemusement, and wry humor of unwittingly finds he’s missing most unexpected place.

“We, like Otto, find our cynicism worn away by Rinpoche’s gentle instruction in the simple but terribly difficult art of letting go, living each moment to fullest, seeing sacred everyday . This brave, meditative author has carved a unique niche American literature.” —Kirkus Reviews starred review If life is journey–with detours, paths from which choose, and myriad roadblocks overcome–then Otto Ringling most certainly on journey lifetime. The first fifty or so years his were pretty good. He felt that he had it all, until one day didn’t. Looking for answers, calls brother-in-law, Volya Rinpoche, wise man spiritual leader. A who accepts world as comes him; without pride vanity. Someone who, turns out, experiencing own time doubt. So, hopes finding answers life’s mysteries, two embark through America, road trip becomes lesson love gratitude. “Merullo offers keen insight into intelligent assessments modern life, compassionate portrait grieving search inner tranquility affecting.” —Booklist “Otto such full human, why we can empathize with questions immerse ourselves experiences. In end, are all humanized Dinner Buddha.” —Spirituality Practice masterfully depicts struggles practicing mindfulness [The] novel nuanced, thoughtful prose an immensely satisfying conclusion series.” —Publishers Weekly

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