Sunday, December 21, 2014
Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
I picked this book up at a very small bookstore/coffeehouse while on vacation. A member of the staff had put a sign there saying that when asked to list the ten books that had changed her life, this was one of them. Then, a woman at the checkout saw what I was buying and said that the book had moved her so much she was buying a second copy to give to a friend. I was pretty excited!
Now that I've read it, I can say that I liked the book. But did I find it life-changing? Not really. Although the Rinpoche is officially not any specific religion, he is obviously mostly espousing Buddhist principles such as impermanence and mindfulness. In discussing the book with others, I think that it might be life-changing for those who aren't familiar with those ideas to start with but maybe not as much to someone who already has some background in them. None of that is a condemnation of the book which is still an enjoyable road story with some touching moments. Furthermore, it's always good to be reminded of some things which tend to slip from the forefront of your brain. Soooooo, good book, possibly life-altering.