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.
©2007 Roland Merullo (P)2011 Tantor
"The skillful Merullo, using the lightest of touches, slowly turns this low-key comedy into a moving story of spiritual awakening." (Booklist)
Some people are not capable of taking in purely spiritual books yet, so this one has a lot of spiritual messages hidden in an actual story and story telling format, it's pretty good actually, but it needs to be recognized as a mostly spiritual book, not a mostly story book.
Reading the review I got ready and tuned in to be taken away from my thought processing of that moment. I was so disappointed at mid point with the author's mindset that I wanted to end my listening immediately. So thankful my spirit would not settle until I moved on from where I had left off. It's a slow and for some, meandering read but like any awakening it hits it's stride and the story is an rewarding journey. Breakfast with Buddha is a heart holding ride through one's own presence. I am thankful for listening to me to hear me better.
I think the story has a lot of promise, but the main character was very unlikable and I am not a fan of the writing style of the author. It was hard for me to finish the book. The baseline of the story is all that kept me going.
I was waiting for something like a turning point to the story, or something unexpected. Until I realized that I was already past half of the Audiobook, and that it was all that there was to the nook; after that, I was not really that excited anymore to finish the book.
I think a reader expecting more about Rinposhe's track of thoughts would be better off reading Osho's books (non-audio).
Good narration though.
As long as you're not looking for anything of depth this is a gentle way to spend an afternoon listening to the musings of 2 men trying to make sense of their lifes. I enjoyed it but was somewhat disappointed in its lack of substance.
This is a story about the spiritual awakening of a fussy guy (Otto) with everything going for him. Circumstances align for Otto to take a cross country trip with a guru, and we follow Otto's transformation over the course of the trip.
I like the premise, and I like the idea of presenting spiritual lessons in story form. However, I found everything too easy for Otto - he had nothing at risk. The biggest challenge that Otto faced during the trip was a yoga session, which was so much for Otto that afterwards he immediately scheduled a massage session....you get the idea. By the end of the story Otto started to get on my nerves. That being said, I liked the guru's lessons. I suspect everyone will like the guru's lessons since they are pretty universal and don't offer anything too difficult to consider.
No, a story of someone traveling with a enlightened person and then has very little to say. Pointless
The unbearable likeness of being
The performance did fit the book. a Little boring.
No. There is too little story
When you feel you have something to say and can say it in 5 minutes - don't write a book - think of the readers
I'm not sure I'd listen again anytime soon simply because I have so many other audio books waiting, but it was a memorable story that will stick with me.
I loved Volya Rinpoche because he was such an interesting character. In fact, I knew there was a sequel ("Lunch With Buddha") and was disappointed to see that Audible doesn't have it.
No, I haven't listened to other performances, but he was a good narrator.
I'm rarely able to listen to anything in one sitting, but I was intrigued once I got into the story and was eager to see where it went.
Just give it a try- it's not a heavy story, and there are spiritual elements, but it's not preachy.
3 hours in and I had to stop. Too boring! White upper middle class male pretentious ramblings! It's more like a journal of a man who fancies himself interesting, and you get the feeling he thinks his thoughts are profound. They aren't.
Voice was as boring as the book.
The main narrator of the story.
I've listened to this book several times - it's upbeat and very light, but every time I hear it I find just a little bit more insight on finding internal peace. I found the end a bit disappointing because it seemed a little far-fetched in a book that, although sweet and silly in places, always felt down to earth up to that point. I find it pairs nicely with "Opening the Door of Your Heart and Other Buddhist Tales of Happiness" by Ajahn Brahm, which I also bought on Audible.
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