Lunch with Buddha : Breakfast with Buddha

  • by Roland Merullo
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette
  • Series: Breakfast with Buddha
  • 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A novel about family, open-minded spirituality, and the American road, Lunch with Buddha accompanies the characters from Breakfast with Buddha as they move further along the path toward lasting peace of mind. Facing one of life's greatest emotional challenges, Otto Ringling takes comfort in a loving family and offbeat lessons from eccentric spiritual teacher Volya Rinpoche.
Funny at times, heartbreaking at others, Lunch with Buddha offers a fresh and engaging perspective on the life we live now.


What the Critics Say

"Merullo's is a beautifully written and compelling story about a man's search for meaning that earnestly and accessibly tackles some well-trodden but universal questions." (Kirkus starred review)


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Customer Reviews

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Evidently Buddha is a Morning Person

Not a bad book, just didn't like it as much as Merullo's the "Breakfast With Buddha."

Maybe it was the theme of death which set up the antagonism for the plot of the book. Maybe it was just me, having just finished "An Available Man" by Hilma Wollitzer, which also sponsored a newly minted widower. Maybe I was just tired of listening to a man lament the death of his wife, even if done in a decent, respectful way.

I do love the narrated voice of the Rinpoche as created by Sean Runnette. I love the personality Merullo paints for the Rinpoche.

Of course, at times, Merullo has the Rinpoche ask about an Americanism or slang or custom that you figure he must have already run into at least once in his sojourn in America, having interacted enough with the culture to marry an American and start a commune on its premises. These instances can seem like an obvious attempt at preaching to the choir in some aspects-- as can the somewhat contrived meetings with typical jerks who expose their prejudices too facilely and a trifle predictably and who just beg for an appropriate Buddhist dialogue which will set their errors aright.

I understand Merullo might want each Buddha book to stand alone and feels a new reader may need these set-ups, but reader of the Breakfast book might tire of the repetition.

In the long run, though, who am I to critique a book about a Buddhist monk? I can hear the Rinpoche laughing.

The sound of one hand not clapping.
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- Sudi "Coffee-UFOs-Cats-Books-Halloween"

Better than Breakfast!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love the soothing and calm demeanor of this book in audio format. I find myself drifting off and imagining the landscape, the people, the essence of where they are, what they are doing and what is being said or felt at that moment in time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lunch with Buddha?

This books comes with a sense of sadness, a edge of your seat profoundness. I appreciate the experience of letting a loved one go in this book, different from Breakfast, and I love the break in sadness with a tough of the Rinpoche's unassuming humor.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Every moment of this book brings me close to emotions felt in my own life. I've laughed and cried at many moments throughout. A book I can relate to and yet it still takes me away from my day to day.

Any additional comments?

Roland Merullo is a genius! His books are relatable, profound, and intense. No matter what religion you are or what level of spiritual awakening you've had, his Buddha books are written in a way that opens a window or a door, they hint at questions that have always lurked in the depths of your mind. I'm in love with this serious and look forward to others written by Roland!

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- tha_fultonz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio