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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.

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 [...]

April 2016

Cut Yourself Some Slack Because Compassion Starts with You.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:18+00:00 April 24th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes|

  By Gerald "Strib" Stribling   In the Metta Sutta, Buddhism talks about “loving kindness,” but the term is too much flowers-and-home-baked-cookies for my tastes. Someone else (I think it was Sylvia Boorstein) suggested instead using the phrase “unbounded friendliness” as a translation of the Pali word metta. That gets us away from, you know, [...]

It All Starts with Empathy.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:21+00:00 April 10th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes|

  By Gerald "Strib" Stribling   One of the most awesome physical specimens of human being I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing was a dark-skinned African-American man named Dante, who was from Louisiana and was in my training platoon at Parris Island, South Carolina, in 1970. Dante had the makings of a fine Marine. He [...]

March 2016

Is Death the End of Life? (I Mean That as a Joke)

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:27+00:00 March 29th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes|

  By Gerald "Strib" Stribling   *This is the fifth and final installment of the series “Freedom from Fear” written exclusively for The Tattooed Buddha. Mark Twain called it “The wanton insult of old age.” And Buddhism sure doesn’t offer much comfort for it. Even metaphysically, where believers in the creator God and a huge [...]