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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.

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 [...]

February 2016

Quit Trying Not to Think So Much.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:38+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Beginner Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Buddhism for Dudes|

  By Gerald "Strib" Stribling *This is the second installment of Gerry Stribling’s “Freedom from Fear” series, exclusively for The Tattooed Buddha “They” say that coloring in an adult coloring book is as good for you as meditation. They are right. I color myself. I’m into intricate mandalas and florals. I have an erotic coloring [...]

The Confession of a Buddhist Gunslinger.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:45+00:00 February 5th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured|

Dan Abramson   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 [...]

October 2015

Erase the Boundaries to Love.

By | 2016-10-14T07:49:47+00:00 October 30th, 2015|blog, Buddhism, Featured|

  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 [...]