I just finished reading this book and I enjoyed it very much. It is written by an American and the landscape he is describing and the hotels they are staying in are all quite American. That is kind of the purpose of the book anyway. Otto Ringling was kind of tricked by his sister to take her ‘guru’ on a road trip across America in order to sell their late parents house and land.
The book shows this change in Otto from a complete dislike for the ‘guru’ Rinpoche, to great respect respect at the end. The book shows great inside into alternative beliefs. Not just Buddhism but various beliefs and religions. It certainly makes you think about your own values and what’s really important in life. I recommend this book!!!