Gerald Stribling

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About Gerald "Strib" Stribling

Gerald “Strib” Stribling is the author of Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead’s Field Guide to Mindfulness (Wisdom Publications, 2015). His past incarnations have included farm hand, steelworker, U.S. Marine, elementary school teacher, and social services professional. Strib volunteered to teach English to children in Sri Lanka as a personal response to 9-11. There he studied with some of the most highly revered monks in Theravada Buddhism. During three of his seven months in the island nation, he actually resided in a Buddhist monastery. He wrote Buddhism for Dudes as a not-so-subtle, basic examination of the essence of Buddhist philosophy. It’s short and funny and to the point. “Way too much Buddhist information is too complicated to wade through, and some of it is fairyland voodoo, full of metaphysical improbabilities. Buddhism isn’t a religion, it’s a way to live a happy life. This is not hard stuff to understand.” Stribling writes a blog called Buddhism for Tough Guys. “There are lots of tough guy Buddhists out there willing to take a bullet for anybody. One of their mottoes is ‘Just because I am a person who loves peace doesn’t mean that I have forgotten how to be violent’.” He once broke up an assault with a little kitchen broom. “It’s my best story,” he says.

August 2017

The Secret to Understanding Buddhist Ethics

By | 2017-08-01T08:16:25+00:00 August 1st, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes, Featured, Right Livelihood|

The secret to understanding Buddhist ethics (according to the Buddha’s elevator speech) is that they all spring from one ethical foundation---harmlessness. Abstaining from killing or harming others (“Do not do evil; only do good”) is the most fundamental of Buddhist principles. That’s why we don’t screw around on our wives, steal and lie; those [...]

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

Boot Camp Happiness Training for the Mind (Because You Can Train for Happy)

By | 2017-04-12T08:03:02+00:00 April 12th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes, Empower Me, Featured|

You must come to the conclusion that your identity doesn’t rest in the bad things you’ve endured. They’re in the past. If you live in the past, you have depression, and if you live in the future, you have anxiety. Mindful living is free of useless distractions. Mindful living comes from a strong mind. [...]

March 2017

The Faces of Meditation: Gerald Stribling

By | 2017-03-30T08:16:05+00:00 March 30th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, The Faces of Meditation|

In 1979 I hiked the Appalachian Trail for a whole summer, and walked 350 miles. That is when my attitude changed from thinking I-want-to-be-alone, to I’ve-never-been-so-lonely-in-my-life. I had a lot of time to think out there. The whole experience was one enormous meditation.   By Gerald "Strib" Stribling   When I took my [...]