Dinner with Buddha : Breakfast with Buddha

  • by Roland Merullo
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette
  • Series: Breakfast with Buddha
  • 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The author of Breakfast with Buddha brings his characteristic whimsy to a new novel about New York book editor Otto Ringling and Mongolian monk Volya Rinpoche, who embark on a road trip from Rinpoche's meditation center in North Dakota to the glitter and glitz of the Las Vegas strip.
What prompts the trip is Otto's recently altered life, having lost first his wife then his job, and then seeing both his children leave home for lives of their own. With Rinpoche's guidance, he hopes to find a new meaning in his life and a new direction. But what begins as a quietly contemplative journey becomes much more as the two men travel through the heart of the American Midwest, witnessing the decimated lives of so many American natives and giving Otto new perspective on the trials he is experiencing in his own life.
Along with these inner awakenings for Otto, there is also a very real hint of menace in the novel, as men show up who may be looking to make sure that the world never knows of the existence of Shelsa, the eight-year-old daughter of Rinpoche and Otto's sister, Cecilia. Shelsa has consistently shown that she has the markings and the instincts of a spiritual leader, leading to speculation that she may be the new Dalai Lama.

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A must read---and more than once!

I just finished this book and now only realized there were two previous books - Breakfast and Lunch with Buddha. Now I am going to have to go back and read these two as well. This story is something everyone should read. No matter your religious persuasion, the points made by Volya Rinpoche are ways of life we all should strive towards. While this story is about Otto Ringling's spiritual journey, for me, the words of wisdom from a Buddist perspective gave me goose bumps and made me pause to reflect on my own attitudes and affirm many of my own beliefs. For me, the wisdom imparted will be what I remember about this book.
Another wonderful thing I loved about this book was just the tales of their journey from North Dakota, down through Nebraska, into Colorado, the Southwest and to Las Vegas. As a former Colorado resident of thirty years, and an explorer of every one of those states, I found it a very visual trip down memory lane of the differences in people's attitudes in each state as well as the changes many places and the people have endured as so called progress is made. Often I was left with smiles as he described the essence of Boulder or the rawness of Leadville, to name a few. He was so spot on. Then with a sinking heart when he told us about how the peace and beauty of North Dakota has been fouled in the pursuit of oil. I could go on and on with my little trip down memory lane, but I won't. Just read this book. I am certain it will take you on your own trip in one way or another.
One last thing - the author has given us a wonderful story, well written with good and clear character development. Maybe a few repeated comments but no lengthy repeated narrations. The narrator is also excellent - his tone, speed and diction make it very easy to listen to.
I sort of hope there is another installment. But with that said, I have say this book was complete, stands on it's own and I was satisfied start to finish even without listening to the first two books or ever reading any future installments.
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- Joy

Merullo never lost the tone

There are sequels that are not up to the stature of the first story, this was not the case, every book was as good (if not better) as the previous one, I was not disappointed at all. It is difficult to be simple and profound, these books deserve a second reading.
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- Jaime Valencia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2015
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books