About the Blogger

Gerry Stribling studied Buddhism in the monasteries of Sri Lanka and with Zen masters in the U.S.

Generally disgusted with the esoteric and trivial quality of Buddhist dialog on the Internet, Stribling wrote and published Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead’s Field Guide to Mindfulness, published by Wisdom Publications, Inc., available at the Kindle Store and on amazon.com.

Gerry Stribling was born into a military family in 1951 at Fort Riley, Kansas, and knew little about “civilian” culture until he was discharged from the Marine Corps in 1972. He has a master of education degree and has taught elementary school on two continents. From 1990-2010 he worked as a case manager among disabled, impoverished, homeless, immigrant and criminal populations.

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In 2002, as personal response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Gerry volunteered to teach English in Sri Lanka. While working for the Millennium Elephant Foundation in the village of Randeniya deep in the jungle, he met the Buddhist monk D. W. Pemarathana, and began an earnest study of Theravada Buddhism. He returned to the war-torn country in 2003 to teach and train the instructors at Bodhiraja International College. While there he resided at the Sri Bohdiraja Temple in the far-southern town of Embilipitiya, and continued his Buddhist studies with the Venerable Omalpe Sobhita Thero. Upon returning to the United States, Gerry continued to study under the Vietnamese monk Zen Master Thich Hang Dat.

Stribling and his wife make their home in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. His e-mail address is buddhismfordudes@yahoo.com

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