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.

October 2017

September 2017

Buddhism Shows Us We Can Choose How to React

By | 2017-09-28T08:49:40+00:00 September 28th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes, Featured|

Seeing suffering as reactivity makes perfect sense, and it came to me as an epiphany. I’ve always maintained that we choose how we feel and behave. I’ve never really been able to put my finger on it until I read Batchelor.   By Gerald "Strib" Stribling I’ve been reading Stephen Batchelor’s latest book, [...]

August 2017

The Resolution for Hate & Violence is not More Hate & Violence

By | 2017-08-28T09:05:02+00:00 August 28th, 2017|blog, Buddhism for Dudes, Featured, News & Politics|

It takes guts and balls and courage to do what Daryl Davis does. The results of these friendships is secondary to the friendships themselves. If you don’t browbeat people, you can influence them.   By Gerald "Strib" Stribling I’ve been a big fan of Daryl Davis since I first heard his story on [...]

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