Buddhaland Brooklyn: A Novel

Buddhaland Brooklyn: A Novel

"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… (more)

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Editorial reviews (3 reviews)


Morais’ presentation is admirable—he crafts flowery, easy-to-follow dreamlike passages as Oda gradually finds his place in the bustling metropolis—but it’s a toothless portrait of a religious man coming to terms with tragedy and making his own way in the world.

Buddhaland Brooklyn is best enjoyed as a slow read. The world Morais creates for Oda and the reader is quirky and enchanting. His recurring rumination on the meaning of enlightenment and acceptance is worth savoring.

Morais writes with sensitivity and insight about the many ways American life challenges the Reverend Oda’s equanimity.


Book Details  


Publisher: Scribner (July 17, 2012)

Parent ISBN: 9781451669237

Page count: 256 pages

File size: 5 MB

Language: English


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