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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.

December 2016

Having an Ego is Not Bad. Here’s Why:

By | 2016-12-07T08:27:49+00:00 December 7th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes|

Forget all the being-and-nothingness horse-shit espoused by gurus who have nothing better to do than to twist perfectly sound principles into drivel. The world exists. You exist.   By Gerald "Strib" Stribling   The concept of being without an ego is thought by many to be an objective of following Buddhist wisdom. Nothing could [...]

November 2016

October 2016

The Buddha & The Serial Killer.

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:33+00:00 October 8th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes|

  By Gerald Stribling   A story famous in Theravada Buddhism is that of the Buddha’s encounter with a serial killer named Angulimala. It is a simple story, frequently taught to children, with several layers of meaning (also, gristly murder and dismemberment). Kids love that. But like Huckleberry Finn or The Simpsons, Angulimala’s story means [...]

September 2016

Right Intention is Not Righteousness, It’s About Not Being a Jerk.

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:35+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes, Featured, Interfaith|

  By Gerald "Strib" Stribling   In the movie Sergeant York, Gary Cooper played a reprobate hillbilly before the mule he was riding home was struck by lightening, after a debauch across the border in Kentucky. After that he went to church, cleaned up his act, read the Bible, and turned into a real goody-two-shoes [...]

The Buddha Never Promised a Rose Garden (But He Offered a Way Out of Suffering).

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:39+00:00 September 17th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes|

  By Gerald "Strib" Stribling My heart's deliverance is unassailable. ~ Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha When I was 19 years old and about to ship out for basic training at the infamous Marine Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina, I serendipitously ran into an old friend of my father’s who’d been a Marine during the [...]

August 2016

Chanting for World Peace isn’t Enough, We Need to Act.

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:45+00:00 August 30th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes, Empower Me, Featured|

  By Gerald "Strib" Stribling   You cannot successfully pray for world peace, chant for world peace, or meditate world peace into being. There never was, and there never will be world peace. But that’s no excuse not to work for world peace. You may be thinking, “Oh, but what can I do? I’m only [...]

What Do They Mean By No-Self in Buddhism? (Hint: It’s Not What You Think)

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:47+00:00 August 20th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes, Featured|

  By Gerald "Strib" Stribling   The waif, barefoot in her long, flannel nightgown, padded plaintively to where her grandfather sat, in front of the fireplace, reading by the light of a single small lamp. His old black dog was in the room too, but she couldn’t see him, just smell him. Only 15 years [...]

This is a Love Story Between a Buddhist & a Christian.

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:51+00:00 August 4th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes, Featured, Relationships|

  By Gerald "Strib" Stribling   I’m a Buddhist who’s been married to a Christian woman since 1972. We’ve been asked many times how our relationship weathers the inevitable conflict implied in such a union, but we shrug and tell them that in 44 years we’ve never argued about anything, much less religion. The Buddha [...]