Episode 235 :: Gerry Stribling :: Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead’s Field Guide to Mindfulness

| November 28, 2015 | 2 Comments


Gerry Stribling

Gerry Stribling joins us to speak about his book, Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead’s Field Guide to Mindfulness.

We’ve heard a lot lately from the McCritics of mindfulness, fear mongering with a willful ignorance about teaching mindfulness in the military. These transparently agenda laden accusations about mindful snipers are conspicuously absent of evidence, and devoid of any recognition that active duty and military veterans are also people, deserving the same opportunities to extinguish suffering as any other human being. Also absent is an equally fearful cry of the Buddhist tradition in the military, despite a much more checkered past when coupled with nationalism, for example in Japan. The fact remains that both non-traditional mindfulness and Buddhist tradition are available to military personnel. And this is a particular environment requiring contextualization, speaking the same language as those who serve.

Gerry Stribling is a former Marine and social services professional, and former resident of Sri Bodhiraja Temple in Sri Lanka. Stribling and his wife live in Louisville, KY.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Jarhead Fresh Tea.


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Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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  1. Mark Knickelbine says:

    Good interview! The McCritics typically make the charge about teaching mindfulness in the military as if mindfulness is therefore somehow responsible for the brutality of war. Similarly, workplace mindfulness classes supposedly make mindfulness an instrumentality of capitalism. Compassion for people who are suffering never seems to enter in to these discussions. Neither does the fact that war and capitalism predated the mindfulness movement and would be with us whether or not the MBIs had ever been invented. Let he (usually he) who is not in a situation conditioned by greed, hatred and delusion cast the first blog post. And may we all know the joy of living from an intention of kindness and compassion.

  2. Linda Linda says:

    Great hearing you, Strib, and thanks for the shoutouts.

    My thoughts on why — having written an introductory book on Buddhism, hoping to interest newcomers in the practice — you’re finding so many already-Buddhists buying and reading the book is that it’s because, pretty much all of us want what you want: to give access to the dharma to those who’d appreciate it. Consequently we are looking for a book we can recommend or even give to friends. Better than any other book I’ve read — and I’ve read a few — yours fills that need. I’ve already given away most of my copies (time to buy more). I hope you sell a million copies and get on the New York Times Bestseller list.

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