Buddhaland Brooklyn

A Novel

Morais, Richard C.

eBook - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Buddhaland Brooklyn
“The life of a man is like a ball in the river— no matter what our will wants or desires, we are swept along by an invisible current that finally delivers us to the limitless expanse of the black sea.”

So reflects the elderly Buddhist priest Seido Oda as he considers the life that brought him from an idyllic mountainside village in Japan to the bustling streets of Brooklyn, New York— a touching and humorous journey richly depicted in Buddhaland Brooklyn.

Oda’s boyhood is spent fishing in clear mountain streams, picking plums, and helping his parents run the family’s village inn on the slopes of Mount Nagata. But at age eleven, his parents hand him over to the monks at the nearby Buddhist monastery. Separated from his family and deeply lonely, the acolyte adjusts to monastic life by devoting himself to painting, poetry, and prayer—and avoiding human contact. This safe and quiet existence is unexpectedly upended, however, when he reaches middle age and is ordered by his superior to open a temple in Brooklyn.

New York is a shock to the introverted Oda. A shy, socially inept Japanese priest who hides his true feelings behind a severe manner, Reverend Oda must spiritually lead the ragtag army of eccentric New Yorkers who make up the local Buddhist community. This motley crew and their misguided practices provide for a host of hilarious cultural misunderstandings and mishaps. But when tragedy strikes, Oda’s rigid worldview is shattered and his eyes are finally opened to the long-buried sadness and personal shortcomings in his own life. It is only when he comes to appreciate the Americans, flaws and all, that Oda finds in Brooklyn the home he has always sought.

A lively, vivid novel, Buddhaland Brooklyn stirs from the very first page. This is an entertaining and edifying meditation on the meaning and rewards of true acceptance.

ISBN: 1451669240


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Aug 25, 2014
  • ontherideau rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

To Nilz in NZ from Canada- that's exactly what I was going to say. At times I put the book down to reflect.

Jun 19, 2013
  • Nilz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love this book! Found I had trouble putting it down :-) While in one hand its a novel written about a Japanese Buddhist Monk who goes to Brooklyn to set up a temple, on the other hand this books offers quietly little pearls of wisdom along the way, providing that you heart is open while reading this book - story. These little pearls of wisdom I came across, often would stop me reading further and encouraged me to spend sometime pondering my own thoughts while reflecting on what I had just read.

Dec 21, 2012

a funny story about a Japanese Buddhist monk who goes to Brooklyn to establish a Zen temple. the clash of culture, values and traditional Zen practises and rituals are challenged, questioned and altered much to the chagrin of the monk but Morais handles it all cleverly, poignantly and with an understated humour.

Aug 29, 2012
  • canarymom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Do yourself a big favor and read this book. Allow plenty of time because if you are like me, you won't want to put it down.
I learned about Japan and it's culture; Buddhism and the practices of the faith, I was taken into the Brooklyn neighborhood to mingle with these very believable characters. I feel as though I've learned some real life lessons.
Buddhaland Brooklyn is now in my TOP 10 Best Books I've Read/to bad Mr. Morais has written only 2 books. (:


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