Category: Buddhism for Dudes

The Resolution for Hate & Violence is not More Hate & Violence

  By Gerald “Strib” Stribling I’ve been a big fan of Daryl Davis since I first heard his story on This American Life maybe 15 years ago. He’s the African-American musician who in 30 years has made friends with hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members. I’ve heard that he plays piano like Jerry Lee Lewis. He was playing in a nightclub somewhere in the deep South, much to the delight of a couple of middle-aged white patrons, who caught his show again the next night, and they approached Davis and told them how much they enjoyed his piano playing. They...

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The Secret to Understanding Buddhist Ethics

  By Gerald “Strib” Stribling A job coach I once worked with during my deadbeat dad days describe the elevator speech as the pitch you can deliver about what you have to offer, be it a product, an idea, or yourself as a prospective employee, to a stranger on an elevator ride. I hate elevator speeches. What is an elevator speech? “You’re a writer? What do you write about?” “Um, I write about Buddhism for semi-literate testicular-types.” But the Buddha had an elevator speech. Asked to summarize his teachings, his response was, “to avoid evil, to do good, and...

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Old School Mindfulness {Part I}

  By Gerald “Strib” Stribling   I was told so many times as a child and young man to get my head out of my ass, that it became a kind of a mantra for me. “He’s a good student,” many a 1950’s-era elementary school report card read in the comments section, “but he daydreams.” Well, let me tell you something. Today’s daydreamers are tomorrow’s grumpy old men who never want to leave the house. Which brings us (well, me) to the topic of mindfulness, probably the most misunderstood and overused concept under the Buddho-dome. Mindfulness. The marketing people...

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How Does “Letting Go” Work?

  By Gerald “Strib” Stribling  Humans tend to invest emotional capital in relationships, events and memories. It is said that time heals all wounds, but that’s not exactly true. Some poor, sad people cling tenaciously to grief, anger and disappointment. You cannot un-remember things, or un-live the events that, though they may have happened a long time ago, continue to trouble you. If you’re one of those people, that kind of baggage prevents you from reaching your full potential. You’ve been told by your best friends, and maybe a therapist if you’ve taken things that far, that you have...

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How Visiting a Sacred Temple Reminded Me of My Time in the Marines

  By Gerald “Strib” Stribling There is a small city high in the central mountains of Sri Lanka, a place that is arguably (mostly by Sri Lankans) the spiritual center of Buddhism. It’s called Kandy, pronounced “candy.” Since the Sinhalese language does not use stressed syllables, one could put on airs, I suppose, and call it Kan-DEE. In its enormous main temple constructed of white marble, a sarcophagus made of solid silver contains an ornate box in which resides the most sacred artifact in Buddhism: the Buddha’s molar. The place is called the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. I...

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