Summer Reading: Breakfast with Buddha ~Roland Merullo
This book was just a delight and well worth following up on three folks recommendations.
Opening paragraph on the Amazon dot com overview:
The only thing certain about a journey is that it has a beginning and an end – for you never know what may happen along the way. And so it is with this journey into the minds and souls of two very different men – one of them in search of truth, the other a man who may already have found it.
I downloaded it to my Kindle on a whim and because I just needed to read something lighter while I was on my recent trip.
It was truly better than I expected and I was rather sad when I came to the end.
Merullo’s book was published September 7, 2007 to very warm reviews. Breakfast is based on an actual road trip that the author took and the places he stayed and ventured. The author points out in his notes that he has read and studied Buddhist Teachings and World Religions for an extended period of his life.
Otto Ringling leaves New York City using his vacation time from his position as an editor in a publishing firm – he edits cookbooks – to drive himself and his sister to their parent’s farm in North Dakota- settle the affairs of the estate. His sister, a palm reader living in New Jersey, persuades Otto to take her spiritual teacher instead of her, because she wishes to give her teacher the farm house for a meditation center in the USA.
Her teacher is a Skovordinian Monk from Russia in maroon robes who is pleasant and very quiet. Otto is worried and wants to protect his impoverished sister her future inheritance. He decides that he will take more time to drive to North Dakota and show this visitor the sights and sounds of America along the way.
The Monk declares Otto to be a GOOD MAN.
I can still conjure up the scene at the miniature golf resort and replay it in my mind. There were a number of laugh out loud scenes that truly caught my funny bone in an unprepared state. I never felt like asking, “Are we there yet?”
A good discovery and I am planning finishing my list for summer books and then reading this fun read again in the fall.
I know it is not summer quite yet, but are you getting together a reading list? Do you have a good reading weekend set aside already? I know many folks just read blogs any more, I am hoping your will still squeeze in a few summer book reads?
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