Buddhaland Brooklyn: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 17, 2012 - Fiction - 256 pages
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“A vivid portrait of faith lost and found through the eyes of a Japanese Buddhist monk in America” (Shelf Awareness) as he makes his way from an isolated monastery in Japan to the bustling streets of Brooklyn, New York.

Seido Oda spent his boyhood in a small mountainside village in rural Japan. When his parents hand him over to the monks at the nearby Buddhist monastery, he devotes himself to painting, poetry, and prayer—and avoiding human contact. But his quiet life is unexpectedly upended when he is ordered by his superior to open a temple in Brooklyn.

New York is a shock to the introverted Oda, who now must lead a ragtag army of eccentrics who make up the local Buddhist community. After tragedy strikes, Oda finally realizes his own long-buried sadness and spiritual short­comings. It is only with newly opened eyes that Oda comes to find in Brooklyn the home he has always sought.
 

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User Review  - PeterNZ - LibraryThing

This book went from 4 stars down to two. I was actually thinking of giving it only one. It is the story of a Japanese Buddhist priest called Oda. He is transferred to Brooklyn New York to build a ... Read full review

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User Review  - brangwinn - LibraryThing

I’m so glad the movie “Hundred Foot Journey” led me to find other books by Richard Morais. Does culture shape religion or should religion adapt to a culture? When Seido Oda is sent to a Buddhist ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
24
Section 3
39
Section 4
53
Section 5
70
Section 6
90
Section 7
104
Section 8
119
Section 10
150
Section 11
167
Section 12
184
Section 13
198
Section 14
211
Section 15
228
Section 16
241
Copyright

Section 9
138

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About the author (2012)

Richard C. Morais is the editor of Penta, a Barron’s website and quarterly magazine. An American raised in Switzerland, Morais has lived most of his life overseas, returning to the United States in 2003. He is the author of The Hundred-Foot Journey and Buddhaland Brooklyn. He lives in New York City.

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