Dinner with Buddha

Dinner with Buddha 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

  • Title: Dinner with Buddha
  • Author: Roland Merullo
  • ISBN: 9781565129283
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 hiThe 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 , 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 8 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.The two previous titles are, BREAKFAST WITH BUDDHA October, 2007 and LUNCH WITH BUDDHA November, 2012

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    About “Roland Merullo”

    1. Roland Merullo

      ROLAND MERULLO is the acclaimed author of twelve previous books, including Revere Beach Boulevard, In Revere in Those Days, A Little Love Story, Golfing with God, Breakfast with Buddha, Lunch with Buddha and American Savior Merullo has won numerous prizes, including the Massachusetts Book Award for both fiction and nonfiction He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

    554 thoughts on “Dinner with Buddha”

    1. 44 of 75 for 2015. Every now and again a book comes into my possession that I feel is life-changing. Dinner with Buddha fits that description. This was a book I had to read. It's a road-trip book, and I'll admit that I'm a sucker for that genre. Furthermore, it's a road trip book covering roads and places I've seen myself, so I could compare my own experiences with those enjoyed by Otto and Volya. But like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, or The Celestine Prophecy, Dinner with Buddha i [...]


    2. I listened to this audiobook because I loved the narration in Breakfast with Buddha. The narrator made Lunch and Dinner also very enjoyable. Breakfast with Buddha was my favorite book of 2015. I loved this series because it showed me a side of religion that was just about being kind and loving. I do not like discussing religion or politics because everyone has a specific religion or party. I like this Buddha as he is a simple man with much love and curiosity for all people and religions. This se [...]


    3. I love Roland Merullo books. He has a way of making me feel calm, warm, and happy. Not to mention he really makes me think!


    4. As I finished listening to this wonderful book, I couldn't help but think about the non-fiction books I have read for my spiritual/personal growth. This cute, little novel series has very slyly entertained me while challenging my spiritual growth.If you have not read this series, I do suggest starting with the first one BREAKFAST WITH BUDDHA, followed by LUNCH WITH BUDDHA, and then this one. I have heard rumor that this is the last time we will follow the expeditions of Otto and his spiritual br [...]


    5. Really loved all three books and could use a fourth one. I was sorry that it was over. Besides the spiritual instructions I got from the book, I also really loved the journey through the America. The author clearly loves this country a great deal and he makes the reader love it as well, warts and all. An occasional rent on brutal American history and screwed up politics has it's uses, however I suspect he is preaching to the choir. Someone who would pick up this book, probably already sees thing [...]


    6. It is a thought provoking book that was read at just the right time for me. It gave me food for thought over many things and choices that are coming my way. All three books in the series have been that way. Although not a guide for Buddhism, it is a novel that helps you stretch your internal horizons if you let it.



    7. I'm just really not a fan. It's preachy and repetitive and pretty aimless. The characters are completely 1 dimensional, with a few one-off hobbies grafted on in an attempt at depth (e.g. Rinpoche's gambling and love of dams). Otto is this everyman that's whisked away on the most boring spiritual journey ever. His life is more or less wonderful with no real hardships outside the death of his wife (I guess that sounds callous, but he's just not an interesting guy). I did not enjoy the way Otto tra [...]


    8. I got this book as an Early Reviewer copy from Library Thing. I will pretty much read anything that Roland Merullo writes -- it is so interesting to read a spiritual author who refuses to be categorized into a particular viewpoint. I agree with so much of the philosophy of this and all his books (my favorite was American Savior, about what would happen if Jesus ran for president). I will say that I think the Buddha theme has been a bit overdone (I've read Breakfast with Buddha and Lunch with Bud [...]


    9. I'm very much hoping and assuming that we will be privileged enough to continue the journey with Otto and Rinpoche beyond "Dinner with Buddha." I have taken a great many things away from these novels, and have found may way to them at times when I needed them most. This is another wonderful chapter (novel) in what I hope is a continuing story. Merullo is a gifted story teller and all three of these novels have earned a place on my shelf to be revisited again and again.


    10. There are books you like from the get-go and books you don’t. This is one of those I don’t. I don’t like preachy books and this one is just a bit too preachy for me. And it’s a sequel and I’m not much for sequels.You may be fine with it. You may love it, in fact. Don’t take my word for it. Sometimes I’m a little idiosyncratic about my reading.Oh dear. Just not my cuppa tea, I’m afraid.


    11. A fun read. Not too heavy. Warm. Some humor. Kind of a trev story, in search of wisdom (or something). And some wisdom lightly interspersed - I wish there had been more, but I suppose that could have come across as proselytizing. But enough story and likeable characters to keep me reading, wondering what would happen next.


    12. This is the third in a series, and I really loved it! It has many lovely facets. Be prepared to laugh, cry, think, feel, understand, and want to share it with others.


    13. I loved this series of books and this volume published a year before the 2016 election shows a deeply divided country, and possibly a way forward to heal some of that rift.We used to be able to talk across that divide. Then for a while we used to be able to shout across it. Now we’re so far apart we just stand on one bank or the other and yell insults up into the air. It worries me, I have to say.”an ice-hearted belief in the god of competition. Our success, always, depended on someone else [...]


    14. I love this series! And love the delightfully ordinary narrator, every bit as much as the comically wise Rinpoche. I read Breakfast With Buddha and was thrilled to stumble upon Dinner Now I find out: There's also Lunch With Buddha to be enjoyed! And, if I'm not mistaken, the ending of The Delight In Being Ordinary relates to this trilogy? Who doesn't love a road trip?! Who doesn't love a curmudgeon vs monk showdown?! Who can't use a bit of sort-of-Buddhist, homespun wisdom?! Breathe in. Breathe [...]


    15. Dinner with Buddha by Roland Merullo is essentially a novel that also has spiritual lessons that are an important part of the plot. Otto Ringling is a sort of Everyman representing the seeking, skeptical human. Volya Rinpoche is a world renowned spiritual teacher and Otto's brother-in-law. Together they travel around what I think of as the American West. They see both what are considered the great places to go sight-seeing and the more ordinary places that people live most likely getting there v [...]


    16. I love when a book pops out at you from the library shelf, the "new" shelf and has a profound and meaningful effect on you. And this was one such book. Otto, a seemingly ordinary man, widowed husband and father of two grown children on a trek across the mid central states with an enlightened monk. The story takes you on a physical journey through rich and lush landscapes and national parks, while using mental thought processes including quiet, lengthy meditation through a spiritual and self-guid [...]


    17. Meh. Did not have the charm of Breakfast. The spiritual stuff seemed more clearly nonsense. And by the end I wondered if I were reading mostly a tax justification for the author's road trip through the Southwest. Also it seems more American new age mishmash philosophy than Buddhism being promoted here.Spoiler alert. The plot: Buddhist teacher and widower meander around so that they end up meeting another Buddhist teacher who explains widower must go to Italy next. (I smell another tax write-off. [...]


    18. Thank you to First Reads and Algonquin Books for the opportunity to read and honestly review this novel.Dinner with Buddhais the (sometimes) spiritual journey of Otto Ringling. He joins his brother-in-law and spiritual master, Rinpoche, on a road trip to the mountains. Together, they are searching to find what the future holds for their extended family and Rinpoche's "special" daughter. I foundDinner with Buddhato be an interesting read peppered throughout with spiritual lessons that could real [...]


    19. Though not what I expected, this was still fun. I always enjoy Otto's road trips with Rinpoche. But, seriously? I expected this to be a trilogy and instead, it appears to be an on-going saga. Breakfast, lunch, now dinner. What's next "Cocktail Hour with Buddha"? "Bedtime Snack"? This time the story felt a wee bit preachy to me. I enjoyed the travelogue enough to overlook that but I'm not sure how many more I would want to read. If you are already a fan of these two characters, by all means, read [...]


    20. I enjoyed this one It was nice to catch up with Otto and his family. I think the overall plot was better in the first book, but I kept on reading this one too. The stories were used to teach many Buddhist lessons. (actually life lessons)



    21. I am a fan of Roland Merullo. If you are interested in meditation or Buddhism this is an interesting story. Merullo does a good job of making some complex ideas understandable.


    22. InterestingEnlightening, well written. Enjoyed all the way as a to go implementing laws of love and compassion and find ones self.


    23. Wonderful,unexpectedIt spoke to me about journeys that we all want to take but deep inside are afraid of for all sorts of reasons.


    24. A lot of inspirational books annoy me. They beat you over the head with their message. I'm looking at you, Jonathan Livingston Seagull and The Alchemist. For some reason, I forgave Ishmael. And I forgive this author, because his main character seems more realistic and not just there to learn his lessons. Though of course he learns his lessons too. But we get to know his family, his likes and dislikes, and so on. So even though when he objects to a lesson, we know it is to help us overcome our ow [...]


    25. This is, as the author says, "[this] is a road trip book". Too bad I found this out after reading it. It says so en Finding the Balance at the end. Reviews and praises presented the book as much more spiritual. It contains much scenery and food descriptions, too much for me, and at about 2/3 it bored me. I lost the story, although they're isn't much of one, in the scenery.As for the food. pozole is spelled with a "z" not an "s", at least in Spanish. I honestly do not know if English grammar requ [...]


    26. I read this book on the recommendation of my book club. Bonus, it was at a great price. I can say I probably would of never read this book without their influence.) I have read numerous books on Buddhism and greatly honor their way of thinking. But, the books I've read in the past on this subject have all been non-fiction. So, I really went into this fiction "story" book thinking I probably wouldn't get any enlightenment out of it. I couldn't have been more wrong. I was blown away how this story [...]


    27. Chicken soup for the heart and soul!I find it impossible to believe that Roland Merullo's Rinpoche is a fictional character.he feels more real to me than words can express. "Dinner With Buddha" touched me; it taught me, and it made my heart and soul giggle. I read it, then I read it again, and I know I will return to it many times. (I've lost track of the number of times I've pondered a personal dilemma and asked myself: "What would Rinpoche say?" ). Thank you Roland Merullo for creating my new [...]


    28. This is the third in a series, although I haven't read the first two. The author takes you on a spiritual journey with Otto and his brother-in-law, Rinpoche, a Mongolian Buddhist monk, as they take a trip from North Dakota to Las Vegas. I found this book tedious in places (for example, Otto would describe in great detail every meal they ate along the way). Although many people really liked the meandering style of this book, I just didn't find a lot of substance. At times it seemed repetitive and [...]


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