Buddhism for Dudes

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.

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Right View: Seeing the World Through Buddhist Eyes {The Eightfold Path}

January 31st, 2018|1 Comment

Right Understanding encompasses the whole of the Eightfold Path, which in itself constitutes the fourth of the Four Noble Truths: that life sucks, the reason why life sucks, but don’t worry, folks, as [...]

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I Laugh at Pain

January 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Detachment means draining the emotion from the trauma. By observing your trauma through insight meditation, you work hard to separate your emotions from what happened to you. This results in higher self-esteem, and [...]

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Thoughts on Christmas from a Grumpy Buddhist

December 9th, 2017|0 Comments

This year, 2017, will be a harmonic convergence of my children, their spouses and all three little granddaughters living together in my house for three days or so, to go to midnight church [...]

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The Zen of Despicable Me (and How to be Happy)

November 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Buddhist happiness isn’t like after-sex happy, or I-just-won-a-new-car happy. It’s not even like I-just-had-twins happy. Buddhist happiness comes from mental and emotional health. Equanimity. Strength of mind. Character. Only you can make yourself happy. [...]

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