Review: ‘Buddhism for Dudes’ by Gerry Stribling

Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead’s Field Guide to Mindfulness

Gerry Stribling


Published by: Wisdom Publications
Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 9781614292296
Price: $14.95 (USD)
Publication Date: 25th August, 2015   

A tough former Marine leads Buddhist basic training for the average Joe.

In Buddhism for Dudes, Gerry “Strib” Stribling, former Marine and all-around good guy, answers questions on life and living with a healthy dose of Buddhist wisdom for the regular guy. Strib takes a good look at who the Buddha was, meditation, karma, and more. With good humor and without sentimentalism, he explains these down-to-earth insights in everyday language. Showing how Buddhism boldly approaches life’s problems head on, unflinching and alert—like a soldier in a forward listening post in the dark of night—Strib emphasizes the Buddhist call to moral action for the good of oneself and others.


I sat and read this book this afternoon; I am not, you may have noticed, a ‘dude’ but I found this book very interesting.

It was an enjoyable, informative read. I have a vague understanding of Buddhism, but thanks to Gerry Stribling I believe I have a slightly better understanding now. The author writes from experience, and with humour, sharing his passion and knowledge.

Worth reading, dude or not, if you want to get the basics of Buddhism.


If you’re grounded in the present moment, then the past has no power, and the future doesn’t exist!.

Gerry Stribling


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