Breakfast with Buddha 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 q

  • Title: Breakfast with Buddha
  • Author: Roland Merullo
  • ISBN: 9781565126169
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.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 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.

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    1. I cannot help comparing Breakfast with Buddha to a Mitch Albom book because of the juxtaposition of spiritual elements within an American cultural framework. However, whereas Albom’s work tends toward the syrupy, Roland Merullo’s book eschews any magic realism and stays on the beaten path for a spiritual journey. And that is what this novel is, an introspective expedition that parallels an actual physical journey and put together as ably as a modern Joseph Conrad meditation.Actually this rem [...]

    2. What a wonderful surprise this book was! I came upon it by accident and found all of the secrets of life oozing out of the pages. It was funny, and tragic and overwhelming all at the same time. In the tradition of the great across-America reads, it offered little snapshots of our country as Mr. Otto Ringling and his sister's guru journey back to Otto's home to settle some necessary business. I loved this book as much for the questions, as for the answers.

    3. I am always searching for a book like this: funny, wise, philosophical, magical, but real at the same time. So much fiction that gets awards and rave reviews is so depressing! This book is great if anyone is open to what Buddhism can teach, and if they are skeptical, they will feel instant kinship to the main character who takes a guru (mainly Buddhist, but he incorporates some Taoism and Hinduism and others) on a roadtrip to North Dakota. I am changed just from reading it once, but I will again [...]

    4. Hmm slightly artificial. Maybe the problem I had with the book was that the spiritual journey of the main character was so short, he already lives around the block from Nirvana, he is sensitive, loving and committed. He did not have much to overcome. He already is infatuated with his wife, loves his teens with the adoration of a toddler dad and hasn't really suffered much. Anybody out there have teens? Oh, and did I mention he is not too rich but just rich enough not to need the hefty proceeds f [...]

    5. Sometimes, a book comes along just when you need it.When I was twenty-something, I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and it pushed me toward becoming a different kind of human being. I've read a lot of "spiritual guide" literature, since then, learning more or less about the eternal search for peace and meaning in living. But "Breakfast With Buddha" would sit near the top of the list, with "Zen" and a few others, a lovely tale that enlarges perspectives without beating you over th [...]

    6. This isn’t the kind of book I usually read, and when I first started I though it was going to hover dangerous close over the self-help line. It took less than a chapter for me to realize that wasn’t true. This book was not only refreshingly original on a “religious/inspirational” level, but it was refreshingly original for a fiction book. While it won’t appeal to you if you don’t have any kind of spiritual side (agnostics/atheists won’t be too amused), if you do have any kind of be [...]

    7. There are moments in this book that are great. The chapter when he stays at an inn where he went with his wife is touching and real. There are some sweet moments between the main character and his travel partnere guru Rinpoche. I liked the idea of the book more than the book but it does have some moments that make it well worth reading.

    8. What a surprising gem this book turned out to be! I rolled my eyes when a friend placed it in my hands with an emphatic recommendation. I am not big on books with religious undertones, especially ones that seem like they're out to sway my beliefs. My first impression of Buddha was that it would be an attempt to do just that.Wellok, judge, cover, etcwas I wrong. This book was hilarious, inspirational, thought-provoking and emotional. I felt like I was riding along in the car with Otto and Volya R [...]

    9. This is a wonderful book. I've read it twice and it impressed me in different ways each time. The story is about an upper middle-class man in a happy marriage with kids he loves. But when his parents are killed in a car accident, he begins to doubt that his comfortable life is all there is. He has to go back to North Dakota, where he grew up, to take care of the estate, and his “flaky” sister contrives to have her guru come along for the ride. The guru is a “Rinpoche” from Siberia. I had [...]

    10. 1.5 stars. I wasn't in the mood for this book As a friend said, the author does too much navel gazing." I'm glad Merullo is a "seeker of enlightenment", but nothing happened in the book. The 2 main characters, the ordinary middle aged successful "author/editor" and the "guru" he travels with, are not very interesting. The guru's language skills are mediocre, as are all the conversations - and that's what makes up most of the book. C'mon Novel Women book group, let's preview the books more carefu [...]

    11. I have a few mixed feelings on this one. The road trip Ottis Ringling sets out on from New York to North Dakota is not so much what makes the novel's story; it is actually the vessel in which the author interweaves philosophical ramblings, the meaning of life ponderings, Christian sentiments, and Buddhist beliefs. I have the hypothesis that these are, moreover, his own beliefs. Did I agree with some of these? Yes. But a lot of them were extreme, maybe making things a little over simplified. Yes, [...]

    12. I felt a little manipulated by this book, as if it was written to be a "book club book". Nevertheless, I was caught up in the story and related with the main character. I became completely engrossed and read it quickly. I like thinking about the things it made me think about and made me interested in reading some of the literature the author lists that he read. Also, it is true that the waitstaff at Siam are constantly filling your water glasses! I think the author would have much preferred Camb [...]

    13. Have you ever been stuck in a car with a middle-aged man having a mid-life crisis? Oh, and did I mention, he's got a famous guru along for the ride? That's about what Breakfast with Buddha feels like . . . not that it is all bad. In fact, the guru's explanation of life being like a glass of water with dirt stirred up in it might make the entire journey worthwhile by itself.Overall, this was a light read with a few good tidbits of "Buddhist" thinking tossed in now and then. Those thoughts, illust [...]

    14. This one was found while wandering the stacks of Borders while my husband looked for books for his classroom. It seemed like a funny enough premise so I requested it from the library. What a great way to spend a beautiful afternoon outside with the puppy!! Well crafted with a very personable first person narrative Mr. Merullo really makes you feel as if you are along for the ride with these two men! At the end of the book he does say that it is based on a similar cross country trip he took which [...]

    15. I loved this book. I didn't know much about it when I started, but was delighted with it. The author uses such a light touch to introduce his character's and their differing spiritual approaches to life. The road trip is used as an exploration of restaurants and countryside, from New Jersey to North Dakota, but also as a journey into the deeper realms of each of these men's values and souls. There is a lot of humor, but also a lot to ponder.

    16. Breakfast with Buddha is something of an introduction to spirituality to the skeptical, modern man. I am very happy to read from previous reviewers that this modern skeptic seems to be in the minority. Many readers have already done our spiritual adventuring, learning, and homework and all with an open mind. This guy, though probably represents must of white men in this country, doesn't represent spiritual seekers. He isn't even that funny. This book is not a comedy. I enjoyed the perspective of [...]

    17. Credit to the author for allowing me to see past my own busyness, cynicism, egocentricity to find the true message in Merullo's book. I was so uncomfortable with Otto Ringling, I had to put the book down, take a walk and figure out what was bothering me. It was me. The snide humor, authoritarian posture and stiff-necked Midwestern Mr. Ringling made me irritable. Once I figured out it was because he reminded me of me, I succumbed to the lesson of the book. Volvo Rinpoche, his bohling and meditati [...]

    18. 4.5 stars! I went into this book expecting to hate it, but I didn't. It's basically the definition of a feel-good book.

    19. I read this for book club and actually liked it more than I was expecting to. I would read the next two books in the series.Sean Runnette's narration was well done.

    20. This is one of my new favorite books. I saw so much of myself in Otto Ringling - the struggle of living what I would consider a good life but still feeling like something is missing. I don't mean for this "review" to be so long, but I feel this true connection to this book, to Otto and the journey he was on. It's my journey too.Grew up learning about Christianity on my own. I mean, my mom gave me a head start taking me to church when I was little and then periodically after that.It wasn't until [...]

    21. Facile life lessons disguised as a buddy road trip novel. If you are looking for a formula for a bestseller this is it: fortune cookie wisdom in an easy to digest narrative. For good measure you may want to throw in a mentally handicapped person or whatever ever word is appropriate for that condition these days, or maybe a transgender person because they are all the rage these days. Once again, this is a book of answers for people who are terrified that there are no answers. I would wager that p [...]

    22. I don’t understand why I enjoyed this book so much. I stopped about 1/3 f the way through, but then picked it back up and just kept reading. It felt like a non fiction essay – full of one man’s search for truth and enlightenment kind of thing. It was written in the first person and had all the trials and tribulations, doubt and skepticism that usually accompanies such essays. But it is fiction. In a little afterward the author explain that he trip across the country was one he had made, so [...]

    23. I actually enjoyed this book, but I cant really justify giving it a 4 star review as its not on the level of so many serious literary works. That goal was not the point of this writing, or at least I hope it wasnt. The problem is, I dont think its fair to rate it at 3 stars either. 3.80 would be about right, and if I ever figure out how to provide that exact measurement on , I will be happy to comply.In any case, this was a very nice break from my normal reading list, where, quite often, I am co [...]

    24. I was a little worried when I picked up Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo at the library and saw above the title that he was also the author of Golfing with God. I thought my book group had picked something from a hokey theology-lite series designed to provide self-help of some sort. What would be next? “Shuffleboard with Shiva”? “Mumblety-Peg with Mohammed”?I was wrong to worry. It may be part of a series, but it was not hokey. This was, perhaps, exactly the book I needed to read [...]

    25. I quote Chris on this (read her/his whole review, it's well done), but I didn't have the same total experience--mine was a 5-star read through and through. Loved most everything about it, ending included (I thought it was sweet).Anyway, Chris caught the essence. What is beyond the words quoted below (and also in her/his review) is the plot, fiction and interest in the characters. To say, this is the idea behind the book, but it's a fun fictional read:This book was what I call an ‘Introduction [...]

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