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 on two continents. Since 1991 he has worked as a case manager for disabled, impoverished, homeless and criminal populations, where he claims to thrive on the "action" of street-level social work.
Gerry's response to the tragedy of September 11, 2001 was to volunteer to teach in war-torn and terrorist-plagued Sri Lanka. During the summer of 2002 he started three English language learning centers operating from Buddhist monasteries in the jungle interior. In 2003 he took up residence at Sri Bodhiraja Temple in the country's far south, where he taught and trained Sri Lankan teachers. It was in Sri Lanka where Stribling had the opportunity to study Buddhism with some of the country's most respected monks and theologians. Upon returning to the U.S., he continued his studies with a Vietnamese monk and Zen master.
He has become a Buddhist Dhammadutta, or lay teacher of Buddhist wisdom, and is author of "Buddhism for Dudes" and "Confessions of a Buddhist Gunslinger." Stribling also operates the blog "Buddhism for Tough Guys" at www.buddhismfordudes.blog.com
"My biggest gripe about American misconceptions about Buddhism is that it can only be appreciated by intellectuals and wimps. I'm a Marine veteran, and my closest friends are veterans, construction workers and factory workers. I wanted to share this life-changing knowledge with the guys I play golf and go fishing with."
Stribling and his wife make their home in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, but also has recently taught in southern China.