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Dinner with Buddha

(Breakfast with Buddha series #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,777 ratings  ·  222 reviews
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 hi ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Algonquin Books
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Cici Morales It seems like you could read them out of order. He gives some back story in each. I did enjoy seeing the progression of the characters through each bo…moreIt seems like you could read them out of order. He gives some back story in each. I did enjoy seeing the progression of the characters through each book though.(less)
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Stacy Boyles
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Bryan D.
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Randal White
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lauren Kogan
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jul 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
John Kaufmann
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.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, Otto Ringling and the Rinpoche are on the road again.

Bad things seem to be "afoot", folks in Dickinson ND are not so nice at times to the Retreat, the oil fields have brought in tough characters with booze, crime, traffic, and sleazy things.

Once again, Otto's sister has enlisted Otto to do the driving, this time after her most recent dream, she "sees the mountains", where are there mountains in North Dakota? And as usual, Otto succumbs to his brother's-in-law charm.

Their adventure takes t
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. Breat ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: health, foodie, healing
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.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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’s f
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve really enjoyed the series especially Breakfast with Buddha. It’s hard not to enjoy the colorful characters and gain some wisdom from the lessons that Otto learns from Rinpoche on their road trips. In this latest book, Otto struggles to overcome the tougher knocks in his life with help from his sister, children and of course his friend Rinpoche. I’ve tried to learn to view life a little bit differently too.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audies
An audible treat!
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Jim Lavis
It couldn't hold my interest. I only read the first 4 chapters. ...more
Susan Burke
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I was looking for some real nutrition with this series of meals with Buddha and I'm walking away still quite hungry; spiritually speaking. The road trips have some familiar places and are fun to visit with Rinpoche, but the narrator and "tour guide" is distracting and intrusive. We really didn't hit it off; like an internet date when you have so much in common according to your profiles, but no chemistry in person. (TMI - I know!)
The end of this book is SO unsatisfying. Just as I thought
Glen Kizer
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is probably not going to be a great book for everyone. It is about a man and his family and how he needs to slow down and how he meets someone who helps him learn to be more present and more relaxed and more grateful of the people in his life. I have listened to it twice and in a year or two I will listen to it again. It is a calming book for me. It is funny and sad and interesting and helpful if you are a person who is hyper and nervous and afraid and if you find it difficult to alway ...more
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Goodreads First Reads and Algonquin Books for the opportunity to read and honestly review this novel.
Dinner with Buddha is 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 found Dinner with Buddha to be an interesting read peppered throughout with spiritual lesson
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: yoga
I enjoyed this book but I thought his first book, Breakfast with Buddha was better. Traveling through Utah with a Saffron robed monk was portrayed as very strange. It isn't that strange in reality, there are plenty of people of that ilk in the West. ...more
Jennifer Lewis
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Enlightening, well written. Enjoyed all the way as a to go implementing laws of love and compassion and find ones self.
John Owen
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
holly jamison
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It spoke to me about journeys that we all want to take but deep inside are afraid of for all sorts of reasons.
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ROLAND MERULLO is an awarding-winning author of 24 books including 17 works of fiction: Breakfast with Buddha, a nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, now in its 20th printing; The Talk-Funny Girl, a 2012 ALEX Award Winner and named a "Must Read" by the Massachusetts Library Association and the Massachusetts Center for the Book; Vatican Waltz named one of the Best Books of 201 ...more

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