Someone recently reviewed the book and left this review:
This is a very good book for people who like spiritual as well as travel adventures. Here’s a man who decided to try and become a Buddhist monk and shares what he learned about a country, a culture and a religion; but his greatest discoveries are what he learned about himself. With many books you drop them quickly because you just don’t care about the characters, but the author reveals a profound, if quirky, sense of humanity. His observations of subtle cultural differences and his sense of the absurd separate him from spiritualists who know all the answers and travel writers who try to impress. This is someone we can all identify with: a determined, but sometimes fragile,human being in a strange land on a quest for truth and understanding. And just when he lulls you into the story line, he brings fresh insights that make you think and feel. Do not read this book all at one sitting. Let it come to you like the revelations came to the author.
I do not know who Gardener is, but was excited to read this and hope you are excited to read the book and will leave your own review!