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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Buddha, Me, and a Cup of Tea by author Adam Smith is filled with inspiration. Its voice is familiar and personal in tone. In the beginning pages, readers are taken along on one of the author’s journeys into Jerusalem. One of the particular lines that I enjoyed so much was, "That day was full of weird, unforgettable experiences, but I think it's what you sign up for when you’re weird by nature." I found it to be beautiful with also a touch of humor. The descriptions that he paints are vivid and surreal. Later, as the book continues, the author provides us with exercises for meditative purposes, as well as tips for defending one’s own self.
I really enjoyed Adam Smith’s Buddha, Me, and a Cup of Tea. It made me want to travel to Jerusalem, to see exactly what it was that he was describing around him. He also created within me this desire to meet new people. And, although unintentionally, he even made me want to be homeless, briefly, although he said it was something he did not recommend. I have lately found myself gravitating to meditation and his book gave me some new terms that I was not acquainted with, such as the term 'zazen.' I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to look outside of the normal constraints in order to find something more spiritual in nature, and perhaps to even find out something about themselves that they would not be able to learn otherwise. A wonderful read!