Author: Gerald "Strib" Stribling

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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