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

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

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 (plus a sprinkling of hilarious cartoons), he explains these down-to-earth insights in everyday language. Showing

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  1. Anonymous
    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Practical Buddhism in a conversational voice., August 25, 2015
    By 
    Linda Blanchard (Midland, TX USA)

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    If you’re looking for a readable introduction to the basics of Buddhism, whether for yourself or to give to others, start here. Even if you or your intended recipient is a woman — even a feminist, like me — this is a great starting place, as long as the reader isn’t the sort to be offended by the occasional jovial mention of sex, and bodily functions.

    I’ll be honest, I read the first edition of this book and loved it, and gave it a good review here on amazon.com, and through that got to know the author. But our budding friendship isn’t the reason I’m giving this newly updated edition a five-star review. The real reason is that it is very hard to find a book that covers all the basics so well, and until now it has been impossible to find one that is an enjoyable and quick read, to boot. But this book is all that and more.

    In recent years, since I gave up my job to study Buddhism full time, I have admittedly become a stickler for the details of the dharma, as well as the Buddha’s life, and especially the way he said things (because the Buddha was very precise in his use of language). As a result, I don’t always agree with every word or every thought presented in this book — I could quibble lots of details, like that he probably wasn’t born *more* than 2,500 years ago; a new chronology having next year be the 2,500th anniversary of the Buddha’s birth (a la Professor Gombrich of Oxford) — but the things I’d disagree with are minor compared to the straight-to-it honesty of presenting the Buddhist path, as the author does here, as being a tough way to live a life, requiring courage and the moral backbone of a superhero. He’s right, Buddhism is not for wimps. As he points out in his straight-from-the-hip style, the practice of Buddhism is humbling. “I think it’s sad that people quest for spirituality because they think it will make them special, when the opposite is true: True happiness comes when you realize how special you aren’t.” Buddhism done right brings us right down to earth, rather than sending us soaring to metaphysical heights, and this book presents that realistic Buddhism.

    The book covers the four noble truths, the eightfold path, the five precepts, and thoughts on karma and rebirth, and covers them well enough for a solid understanding of those basics, plus enough on meditation to get anyone started in actually following the practice. But the wonderful thing about this book, for me, is that it is written in very accessible language, in a natural, comfortable style and with plenty of humor. The author’s stories, drawn from his experiences, bring the dharma to life. I’ve read — or at least begun to read — many books on Buddhism over the years, looking for an introduction I’d give without hesitation to friends and family, and I’m really grateful to have found this one.

  2. Anonymous
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    For males & females alike…, September 10, 2015
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    Amazon Customer

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    I am female and very much enjoyed this clear, concise, very down to earth book. The author writes well and with easy humor. My teen son had been asking me for explanations that I couldn’t provide to his satisfaction. I have many excellent books & other Buddhist publications that did not get the response of this small book. This is a terrific find! If you are not Buddhist, but wonder who might be & why, I doubt there exists an easier to understand, more pleasant to read option available.
  3. Anonymous
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    What a great book! The author puts the basics of Buddhism …, February 11, 2016
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    Dog Man

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    What a great book! The author puts the basics of Buddhism out there like tool box thrown open on a Saturday morning when tinkering with an old car. This is not a religious book, it is a doing book. It is written in an approachable easy to understand manner of what can be complex concepts. Buy one and learn about Buddhism. You will be rewarded with a spiritual tune-up.

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