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)
Yes, It really made me think.
The voice of Rinpoche was very innocent and yet sophisticated. I was charmed by this book. It really made me think about the American culture.
I loved the way he spoke in Rinpoche's voice. He made him very intriguing and likable.
Rinpoche. I wanted to be in his presence. He was so unassuming and forgiving.
I would recommend this audio book. It touched my heart.
Nothing like the Mystery Thrillers I typically listen to.
No, extreme reaction, but I did laugh out loud a couple times.
Light hearted read. Funny at times, and life contemplating at others. I would suggest this book for a break from your regular genre.
I would listen again because there are many great lessons and it can't hurt to have them reinforced.
The story is a little too contrived and some may find it preachy, but I liked it.
I have been looking for answers to many of life's questions, and this book help me to realize that the answers are right there in front of me. I need to just stop and look. The book is very well written and the story line is wonderful. I found that I could not stop listening, the narrator does a great job of keeping the carrot just out of reach, just long enough to keep you reading, and then they give you the carrot and it is good.
This book allows one to see the many possibilities that are out there if one opens the mind and takes a good look. It is not preachy,nor does it try to convince the reader that one religion is better than another, it simply demonstrates the opportunities that surround us all.
I have to say the ending of the book really spoke volumes for me. I will not tell you why, it would ruin it for you. Lets just say that it brought it all together.
I enjoyed the impersonation of the Monk, and the joy in which he experinced America. From bowling to gambling, the narrator does it very very well.
It would have to be Volvo Riponche, if I had such an opportunity I would not hesitate for a moment. To have someone of such insight and peace would be a wonderful experience. I could imagine having similar conflicts with myself and his beliefs, and I would also like to come away more enlightened like Otto does.
I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for answers to the meaning of life. You must have an open mind and a yearning for insight into the world of possibilities that none of us truly know for sure when it comes to the mystery of our existence.
I finished this book with a smile on my face. :)
I enjoyed the story. It was light enough to keep my interest yet heavy enough to make me think.
I enjoyed the comparisons and descriptions of the enlightenment concept such as the dirt in the water glass and the painting of the goddess.
Very delightful listen. It puts you in a peaceful mood after listening to it. I purchased it for less than $5 and was very worth it.
Unique & enjoyable book, able to convey the Zen concept in a story. The story contrasts the thinking of two seemingly opposite perspectives, A great way to demonstrate the subtle shift in thinking & how it cures many ills.
I was ashamed of the fact that I enjoyed this book so much. It has the same sort of popular appeal, like Eat Pray Love or Tuesdays with Morrie. But the story is pretty addictive, and it is a good choice for the car to because you don't have to concentrate extremely hard to enjoy it.
The awareness of his own spiritual emptiness, and how Otto finally embraced learning from the Buddha. The slow change was sweet.
The discussion at the first lecture with Otto's questions. It really gave Otto the chance to think and challenge himself to Buddha with his questions. The bowling scene was excellent.
At first I didn't care for his voice, but later it was perfect. Thoughtful, very expressive, and I really felt he was Otto.
Traveling with a Yogi Master.
Thoughtful, and raised cultural and spiritual ideas and myths. Very insightful.
In terms of Spirituality, this is the best book I've read - including audio and print books.
The character of Otto as a skeptical person really reflects so much of the cynisim we see in the world today - it reflects myself. So, I related to Otto very well.
The narrator does a brilliant job. His voice is always appropriate and lets the listener just sit back, relax and enjoy.
Many moments. I find a greater sense of appreciation weaving its way through my activities.
I enjoyed listening to this Book. The narration very good and the story line different however grabs your attention. Very easy listen, and a good way to spend your time. I listened to the book in one sitting. You will enjoy this book.
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