Otto Ringling is driving from New Jersey to North Dakota to finalize issues relating to his parents estate. His traveling companion for the journey is Voyla Rinpoche, a guru in a tradition similar to Buddhism, but not quite Buddhism. Otto is a self-described skeptic of the more woo woo aspects of life and in the beginning is almost determined to prove the Rinpoche a fraud. However, the journey of the two men across America is a learning experience for both men. Otto teaches Rinpoche about America and Rinpoche teaches Otto about his spiritual self.
This book was an easy read, but deeply affecting. I felt unable to just go back to the more frivolous reading that I had been doing prior to Breakfast With Buddha. It inspired me to go back to reading Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-zinn. I have been attracted to Buddhism in the past, and on a recent 4 week trip to Green Mountain at Fox Run in Vermont finally had a chance to learn more about meditation and how wonderful the practice is. Breakfast With Buddha made me again want to explore my own spirituality and practice mindfulness.
I highly recommend this book it is an entertaining account of a road trip, and it makes you ponder weightier issues of life.