“In a mysterious fashion not completely understandable to us, everything moves the individual toward humility.”
The above statement describes Roland Merullo’s belief system in his own words. I find it comfortingly fits with my own faith, and likely most people’s spirituality. Without being really preachy, it appears to be central message in Breakfast with Buddha.
The novel begins when Otto Ringling’s parents die in an accident with a drunk driver. Ringling must travel back to North Dakota to settle their estate and he expects to be traveling with his sister – whom he describes as flaky. When he arrives in New Jersey to pick her up, he is informed that she will not be accompanying him, but her guru, Volya Rinpoche, will be going in her place. A road trip of humor, humility and unexpected insight await the reader of Breakfast with Buddha. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author!
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2007