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Breakfast with Buddha

A Novel

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 01, 2007 – Merullo, author of the Revere Beach series and "Golfing with God", delivers a comic but winningly spiritual road-trip novel. Otto Ringling is a food-book editor and a happily married father of two living in a tony New York suburb. After Ottos North Dakota parents are killed in a car crash, he plans to drive his ebulliently New Age sister, Cecilia, back home to sell the family farm. But when Otto arrives to pick up Cecilia in Paterson, N.J. (where she does tarot readings and past-life regressions), she declares her intention to give her half of the farm to her guru, Volvo Rinpoche, who will set up a retreat there. Cecilia asks Otto to take Rinpoche to North Dakota instead; after a fit of skeptical rage in which he rails internally against his sisters gullibility, he accepts, and the novel is off and running. Merullo takes the reader through the small towns and byways of Midwestern America, which look unexpectedly alluring through Rinpoches eyes. Well-fed Western secularist Otto is only half-aware that his life might need fixing, and his slow discovery of Rinpoches nature, and his own, make for a satisfying read. A set piece of Ottos chaotic first meditation session is notably hilarious, and the whole book is breezy and affecting. "" .

Customer Reviews


This was one of the most heartwarming novels ever written. It's a clash of cultures into the world of the unknown. It's a lesson about how we fear what we don't know. In this day and age of anxiety and rushing everywhere we go, "Breakfast with Buddha" captures the anxious typical American lifestyle. The story moves at a perfect pace and forces the reader to open his/her mind to acceptance, a new way of thinking, and a new way of behaving. This is one of those novels that you will put on a shelf and end up reading again. There is a lot of wisdom between the lines. It's not a book for the shallow minded (you may get bored), but if you seek wisdom and insight, you will smile and chuckle with the characters on this wonderful journey. A great read, I can't get enough of this author. I've already downloaded one of his other novels "Golfing with God" and I can't wait to read it!

Written just for me!

If your life is perfect, don't bother. I however am looking for advice and ways to become a better person. I also agree, not for a shallow person. This a a wonderful book about growing up a bit and being willing to look at your life and behavior in a new way.

Buy it, read it, give a copy to someone you love.


Couldn't finish it. It is an easy read without an end or point in sight. I felt as if though my father is telling me a story, oy.

Breakfast with Buddha
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Aug 26, 2008
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • Seller: Workman Publishing Co., Inc.
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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