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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.

August 2016

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 [...]

July 2016

Buddhism, Inc.

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:53+00:00 July 25th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes|

By Gerald "Strib" Stribling   I grew up in a rigidly hierarchical socialist society, where I was happy, where there was no want---save for the scarce commodity of money. If I was sick, I went to the hospital. If I needed a pair of shoes, I went to the field house and they would give [...]

June 2016

Why American Buddhists Just Don’t Get It. {Part 2}

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:59+00:00 June 21st, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes, Featured|

  By Gerald "Strib" Stribling    I’ve written before about what I call The Three Approaches to Religion. I do not remember who I stole it from, but I believe it breaks things down nicely. The Three Approaches to spiritual fulfillment are these: scholarship, piety and morality, and through good works. Strib’s addendum is, no [...]

It’s Not Your Fault Americans, But Buddhism is F ‘ed Up Here.

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:59+00:00 June 17th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes, Featured|

  By Gerald "Strib" Stribling   American Buddhism, for the most part, is FUBAR, that is: Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. It’s not your fault, American Buddhists. It’s just, well, you haven’t had the advantages I had. I don’t know that I’ve actually ever finished reading a book about Buddhism, except for Karen Armstrong’s book [...]

Sure You Should Love Yourself, but Just Don’t Get Too Cozy.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:03+00:00 June 7th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes, Featured|

  By Gerald Stribling The real importance of loving yourself is to empower yourself, so you can live with love and compassion for others. If you've been following my column, you know that I believe strongly in loving yourself---after all, the Metta (“Loving-kindness”) Sutta begins with it. Even so, there are proper and improper ways [...]

May 2016

Meditate Yourself Thicker Skin Because Only You Can Choose How to Behave & Feel.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:12+00:00 May 13th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes, Featured|

  By Gerald Stribling   If you try to live up to the expectations of others, you will fail. This is not an excuse to wear jeans every day to work. And there is nothing wrong about exceeding certain expectations, at work and at school. It’s also not an excuse to be crude, like Rodney [...]