Author: Gerald "Strib" Stribling

Buddhism isn’t for Wimps.

  By Gerald Stribling   I found a cartoon on the Internet a few months ago. It’s a rendering of the Incredible Hulk, in a meditation posture, repeating his mantra in his head: “Hulk no smash… Hulk no smash… Hulk smash just a little…” Once as a favor to a famous ballerina, I sat on the board of a local interfaith peace organization, basically as a token Buddhist. I added very little to the overall effort, but as I scanned the conference table and the faces of my peace-loving Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Baha’i brethren and sisteren, I...

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The Confession of a Buddhist Gunslinger.

  By Gerry Stribling Like the Samurai of ancient Japan, to whom archery was an expression of their credo and their beliefs, the shooting of firearms embodies elements of Buddhism, and the mental discipline practitioners strive to develop through their meditation practice. Owning and shooting rifles may seem antithetical to identifying myself as a Buddhist. To those who recoil in horror at the thought of a Buddhist eating a bacon cheeseburger, drinking a beer, or shooting a gun, I can only say: the Buddha ate meat; the Fifth Precept is all about avoiding addiction; and that anything demanding total...

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Erase the Boundaries to Love.

  By Gerald F. Stribling It was in the shade of a veranda in the jungle with “Yoda” when I was first exposed to the richness of Buddhist thought. There is a little village in the jungle in Sri Lanka called Randeniya, where I lived as a volunteer teaching English to children. I connected with my first guru there; a pint-sized monk named Venerable Pemarathana—a Yoda look-alike who spoke excellent English, and who, when I knew him, was a professor of Buddhist studies at the University in Anuradnapura. I met with Ven. Pemarathana on weekday afternoons, when it is too hot in...

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Reduce Gun Violence by Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone.

  By Gerald Stribling   If you want to make a real and personal contribution to reduce gun violence in the U.S., you have to step out of your comfort zone. Let’s rightfully assume that some mass killings—and maybe all mass killings—indeed are the result of severe mental illness (SMI), particularly young-adult onset paranoid schizophrenia. Can you imagine any time when it is acceptable to shoot innocent strangers? Of course not. It takes an unregulated and dysfunctional mind to come to that conclusion. When some poor tortured soul kills a bunch of people, often what people say is “He was...

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