<Embed>
List Price: $15.95
Save: $6.26 (39%)
FREE Shipping
Get free shipping
Free 5-8 day shipping within the U.S. when you order $25.00 of eligible items sold or fulfilled by Amazon.
Or get 4-5 business-day shipping on this item for $5.99 . (Prices may vary for AK and HI.)
Learn more about free shipping
on orders over $25.00 shipped by Amazon or get Fast, Free Shipping with Amazon Prime
Arrives: Friday, Dec 11 Details
Fastest delivery: Thursday, Dec 10 Details
In Stock.
As an alternative, the Kindle eBook is available now and can be read on any device with the free Kindle app. Want to listen? Try Audible.
Your transaction is secure
We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Learn more
Ships from Amazon.com
Sold by Amazon.com
Ships from
Amazon.com

Sold by
Amazon.com

Return policy: Returnable until Jan 31, 2021
For the 2020 holiday season, returnable items shipped between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2021.
Breakfast with Buddha has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping
Get free shipping
Free 5-8 day shipping within the U.S. when you order $25.00 of eligible items sold or fulfilled by Amazon.
Or get 4-5 business-day shipping on this item for $5.99 . (Prices may vary for AK and HI.)
Learn more about free shipping
on orders over $25.00 shipped by Amazon or get Fast, Free Shipping with Amazon Prime
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Ships direct from Amazon. Satisfaction 100% guaranteed! A well used copy with obvious wear on the outside, but clean pages inside. All pages are in tact and usable.

Other Sellers on Amazon
$11.99
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Burlington MA- Used Book Superstore -new books too
$9.50
+ $3.99 shipping
Sold by: tcswiz
$14.95
+ Free Shipping
Sold by: Friscomart
Have one to sell?
Loading your book clubs
There was a problem loading your book clubs. Please try again.
Not in a club? Learn more
Amazon book clubs early access

Join or create book clubs

Choose books together

Track your books
Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free.
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.


Breakfast with Buddha Paperback – August 26, 2008

4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132 ratings
Book 1 of 3: Breakfast with Buddha

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
Paperback
$9.69
$9.49 $0.94
when you buy $20 of select items. Shop items

"Holly Banks Full of Angst" by Julie Valerie
A laugh-out-loud debut novel for anyone who’s tried to live the perfect life—and learned the hard way there’s no such thing. | Learn more
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
    Apple
  • Android
    Android
  • Windows Phone
    Windows Phone
  • Click here to download from Amazon appstore
    Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

kcpAppSendButton

Frequently bought together

  • Breakfast with Buddha
  • +
  • Lunch with Buddha
  • +
  • Dinner with Buddha: A Novel
Total price: $33.92
Buy the selected items together

Special offers and product promotions

  • Save $5 when you spend $20 Offered by Amazon.com. Shop items
  • Amazon Business : For business-only pricing, quantity discounts and FREE Shipping. Register a free business account

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Enlightenment meets On the Road in this witty, insightful novel."―The Boston Sunday Globe

From the Author

Roland Merullo reflects on the "Buddha" trilogy

What started out as a simple road trip from New York to North Dakota has evolved into a trilogy -- Breakfast with Buddha, Lunch with Buddha, and, soon, Dinner with Buddha. In Breakfast, my original intention was to introduce an ordinary American, Otto Ringling, to the wisdom of the East, especially their emphasis on meditation and contemplation. Once I got started along that path, though, I realized that I'd have to walk with him (or, I guess, ride with him, since they are all road-trip books) deeper into the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes discouraging forest of a true spiritual life.

I wanted him to have a deepening understanding of himself and of the world he inhabits. In order to do that, I needed to take him through love as well as loss and epiphany as well as disappointment. And, since I see these novels, also, as observations on modern American life, I wanted him to see other parts of this great nation. Lunch takes him and Rinpoche (and sometimes other family members) from Seattle to North Dakota. Dinner takes them from North Dakota, through the West's wide-open spaces, and deposits them in a city not exactly known for its emphasis on things spiritual.

Though all three books have a spiritual/philosophical core, I'm not out to preach or convert. What I try to do is to explore the larger questions of meaning without simply repeating the tenets of any one faith. I want to take a common-sense look at life, American life especially, a balanced, original, thought-provoking look. Like most of us, Otto is steeped in a Western way of thinking about the world. His is an exterior philosophy: be a good husband, father, and citizen; do no harm, and if there is an afterlife, you will be rewarded. The Eastern way -- best stated, perhaps, by Jesus' line "the kingdom of heaven is within you" -- focuses more on the interior world, on the working of the mind and the techniques one might use to change those patterns that are damaging or unhelpful.

In Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, I worked to strike a balance between those two world-views, letting Otto keep some of his practical, Midwestern ethics, but also letting him gradually open himself to Rinpoche's focus on the "thought stream", on things interior.

It can be weighty material. I understood that going into the first book and so I did everything I could to make the story strong enough, the characters interesting enough, and the book itself funny enough that it wouldn't come close to the dangerous territory of pious preachery (my word).

The response so far has been absolutely surprisingly wonderful. Six years after its publication, Breakfast continues to sell and continues to be a book club favorite. Lunch, still in its early childhood, shows every sign of following in its older cousin's footsteps. Dinner will be out in the spring of 2015.

I can't see myself going on and on after this trilogy is all in print. But I do have to admit to considering one more piece of Otto's spiritual path, one last step that I need to put him through. I welcome suggestions for a title, but I think that fourth book will be something a little bit different, not an American road trip at all. Maybe an end to the story, if there could possibly be such a thing.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1565126165
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1565126169
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher : Algonquin Books; Reprint edition (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132 ratings

Jesse Eisenberg's latest fiction
"When You Finish Saving the World" Listen free with trial

Customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5
1,132 global ratings
How are ratings calculated?

Top reviews from the United States

Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017
Verified Purchase
14 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2015
Verified Purchase
27 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2018
Verified Purchase
4 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2016
Verified Purchase
7 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2018
Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse

Top reviews from other countries

Carol S
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it but didnt absolutely love it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2010
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Report abuse
Giles
4.0 out of 5 stars A palatable introduction to spirituality
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 27, 2014
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Report abuse
Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy for Buddhist insights
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2016
Verified Purchase
Jane Austen fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing novel
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2012
Verified Purchase
Gail Marra: Author of "Health, Wealth & Hypnosis ~ The way to a beautiful life
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2015
Verified Purchase
Pages with related products. See and discover other items: road travel games