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Roland Merullo’s latest book (April 2017) is THE DELIGHT OF BEING ORDINARY, another masterpiece. This one tells the tale of the recent pope and the Dalai Lama deciding they needed a break from their daily routines to go on a four day road trip in Italy. The book is wonderfully humorous while deeply involved in the current world’s understanding of organized religion in its present morass.

Toward the end of the book characters from his prior Buddha books (Breakfast With Buddha etc.) reappear and suggest that further tales from that gang could well be in the works. What a delight that would be. Merullo continues his remarkable career with a most enjoyable tale leaving us begging for more. Thanks Roland.

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Initially I mentioned that the reason for this site was Thomas Merton and my interactions with him back in the ’50s. I had just finished a remarkable book BREAKFAST WITH BUDDHA by Roland Merullo and had written to him to tell him how very much I enjoyed it and did so since he indicated that he was a close follower of Merton. He thought it would be useful for me to write something about Uncle Louie and this site was my answer.

In the interim Mr. Merullo has written many fine novels and other works. His entire oeuvre is remarkable.  DINNER WITH BUDDHA is just being released to the public, the third in the series. (The middle book is LUNCH WITH BUDDHA). If you find Merton an integral part of your life,  read these books since Merullo’s world view is much the same as Merton’s and anyone else’s who finds hope in the midst of insanity. His site is at:


Posted May 1, 2017 by 72randy in Uncategorized

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