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I Read Zen Stories

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    The First Principle

    When one goes to Obaku temple in Kyoto he sees carved over the gate the words "The First Principle." The letters are unusually large, and those who appreciate calligraphy always admire them as being a masterpiece. They were drawn by Kosen two hundred years ago.When the master...
    BodhiSvaha BodhiSvaha 22-25, M 4 Responses Jan 23, 2010

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    Sangha Invitation

    In my pursuit of further understanding and reduction of suffering I have studied and practiced mindfulness as much as possible on my own over the past year. The Buddha advocated that one should establish mindfulness in one's day-to-day life maintaining as much as possible a calm...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M Apr 20, 2013

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    The Giver Should Be Thankful

    While Seietsu was the master of Engaku in Kamakura he required larger quarters, since those in which he was teaching were overcrowded. Umeza Seibei a merchant of Edo, decided to donate five hundred pieces of gold called ryo toward the construction of a more commodious school...
    BodhiSvaha BodhiSvaha 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 24, 2010

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    Books

      Once there was a well known philosopher and scholar who devoted himself to the study of Zen for many years. On the day that he finally attained enlightenment, he took all of his books out into the yard, and burned them all.
    sweat0wet sweat0wet 51-55, M Jul 11, 2012

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    Mind Of A Sage

    One Zen monk, Bokuju, was passing through a street in a village. Somebody came and struck him with a stick. He fell down, and with him, the stick also. He got up and picked up the stick. The man who had hit him was running away. Bokuju ran after him, calling, ”Wait, take your...
    LackofabetterName LackofabetterName 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 1, 2013

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    Not Dead Yet............. !

     The Emperor asked Master Gudo,"What happens to a man of enlightenment after death?""How should I know?" replied Gudo."Because you are a master," answered the Emperor."Yes sir," said Gudo, "but not a dead one."
    sweat0wet sweat0wet 51-55, M Jul 16, 2012

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    The Subjugation Of A Ghost

    A young wife fell sick and was about to die. "I love you so much," she told her husband, "I do not want to leave you. Do not go from me to any other woman. If you do, I will return as a ghost and cause you endless trouble."Soon the wife passed away. The husband respected her last...
    BodhiSvaha BodhiSvaha 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 26, 2010

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    Tea Candles

    Zen stories are like a tea candle to me. Modest burning lights of truth and wisdom. I like to read them, even when I dont always understand them. I dont understand how a bonzai tree grows like it does either - but like a bonzai, the story is there for me to consider as I may, and...
    DelaneyB DelaneyB 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 11, 2010

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    Like Lime On Trees

    “When we start expecting things to stay the same we fill our wagons with suffering.”   Once we feel secure in our general understanding, to challenge that understanding is a step toward the unknown; a step away from our sense of self, our sense of security.   Jimmie became...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M Mar 28, 2013

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    Whoa. These Are Crazy Good. A Three-For-One Special.

    Nobody in the boat: The Taoists have a famous teaching about an empty boat that rams into your boat in the middle of a river. While you probably wouldn’t be angry at an empty boat, you might well become enraged if someone were at its helm. The point of the story is that the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 22, 2013

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    The Parable Of The Tea Cup

    There's a wonderful story about a learned man who went to see a Zen master to debate the merits of Zen. The master poured him a cup of tea, and purposely kept pouring so the tea ran over the cup and spilled onto the table. The man was startled and asked the master what he was...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 26, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    I still read the stories. I read them now more than ever, actually. I used to do the stories, confessions, and questions. The confessions was the first to go because I couldn't...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    I love reading naughty stories. To me there a big turn on. I heard this site is good for dirty type stuff. If any guys are interested give me a shout
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Jul 12

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    I love reading stories that turn me on
    mikayla3223 mikayla3223 18-21, F 10 Responses 4 days ago

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    The LOVE of a BROTHER.. Note: ( this story was shared to me by a friend and i'm so touched. I just want to share this story to all of you. long story but worth reading, promise...
    lemongrass09 lemongrass09 46-50, F Jul 6

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    Does anyone wanna swap stories. Message me saying you do.
    RacerXX2 RacerXX2 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 10

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    Anyone have stories to share plz do share
    cutesteph18 cutesteph18 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 11

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    Message me some stories people ;)
    charmandbeauty charmandbeauty 16-17, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    I am not much of a talker myself, however I do enjoy a good read. So thanks y'all for giving a quiet girl some reading material xoxoxoxo
    CherryPie01 CherryPie01 22-25, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    detailed erotica! makes me feel all the sensations by reading them.. love them!
    remydodol remydodol 36-40, F 6 Responses Jul 16

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    I'm not that great at writing them, but I LOVE I read them ;)
    jaylynnp jaylynnp 18-21, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    I read whenever I can at home and at school or the park
    dancerwithheart dancerwithheart 13-15, F 20 hrs ago

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    Love hearing what other people get up to. I find it great inspiration my self for new ideas.
    ApollosArrow ApollosArrow 18-21 Jul 2

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    The story of the pencil... A boy watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point he asked: ‘Are you writing a story about what we’ve done? Is it a story about me...
    lemongrass09 lemongrass09 46-50, F Jul 4

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    I would like a story please
    brecollins brecollins 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    Someone send me a naughty story ;) make me wet
    sidkyd99 sidkyd99 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 12

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    Who doesn't, c'mon guys tell me some plzzz ;)
    greatinbedchick greatinbedchick 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 12

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    I have a couple of books that had some sexy scenes in it! I had no idea. I love the feeling though of my tummy going in knots. Always worry after the world will know..! Or maybe...
    JennyMason JennyMason 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 12

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    Anyone got any, i loveeee them. They make me so wet and...excited
    nudeeeex nudeeeex 16-17, F 5 Responses a week ago

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    2 monks were traveling through the forest. At one point, they encountered a woman who was carrying very heavy bags and was standing still next to a river. The monks were not...
    velese velese 22-25, M 5 days ago

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    I read the stories of individuals before I respond or message them, the sad thing is few if any of their stories are valid. When you reach out to the writer of the story, they have...
    starroamer starroamer 22-25, M 1 day ago

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    I really do take the time to read the stories of other EP members on here. It's the only way to get to know people. I especially keep tabs on people in my circle but others as well...
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M 3 Responses Jul 4

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    I love to read the stories here, I thought I'd learn new things about worlds here but actually I am learning old things about me. Many stories, questions, comments were so...
    laughingsoul laughingsoul 41-45, F Jul 16

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    It's actually a little embarrassing sometimes, but when I read EP stories about girls being naughty, acting in taboo ways, or just having hot liaisons, I often find myself putting...
    SamSomething SamSomething 31-35, M Jul 1

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    I believe in love and could have posted this under that, but the real experience I'm having now is understanding why I am not ready for love. How do I know I'm not ready? That is...
    OnAlert OnAlert 56-60, M 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    10 to Zen 1. Let go of comparing. 2. Let go of competing. 3. Let go of judgments. 4. Let go of anger. 5. Let go of regrets. 6. Let go of worrying. 7. Let go of blame. 8. Let go of...
    Aimee17 Aimee17 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    Grrrr, I got rid of my morphsuit a few months ago, god knows why. REALLY want another one or maybe I should try zentai.
    backupmojo backupmojo 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 19

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    First I read . . . then I thought . . . then I sat . . . Now I work and wash and eat and sleep.
    Grimbird Grimbird 66-70 Jul 2

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    Zen and the art of motorcycle repair... Very groovy book!
    kritterbug kritterbug 31-35, F Jul 7

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    Efforts for My Spiritual Education along with Works for God Towards Humanities Benefit on Hearing Truths Never Taught in the Religions of Man Worldwide. http://timesofroubles.webs...
    timesoftrouble timesoftrouble 56-60, M 3 days ago

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    This series is what got me into reading and I would like to thank Darren Shan not only for Cirque du Freak but for Larten Crepsley books and Zom-B!
    UntamedComic UntamedComic 18-21, M 9 hrs ago

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    First off, thank you for taking the time out of your busy EP schedule to read my profile.I always appreciate it when people read what I have written and comment.I am on EP to...
    DarkestTrance DarkestTrance 36-40, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I love to read inspirational true stories online and offline. In one awesome true story I read, a woman shares something her daughter did because her daughter was too young to...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    I like adding up friends. But I like most those who like reading my recent comments (clicking on to my recent activities) and enjoyed at least a few of stories I have posted. I...
    peetboy peetboy 51-55, M 1 Response Jul 19

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    I love it sad,happy,depressing doesnt matter i like all stories on EP dont be afraid to express your self on here because nobody knows u so it makes it so easy to express yourself...
    ihaveaname99 ihaveaname99 13-15, F Jul 3

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    You can learn a great deal from them, dealing with hardships and problems, falling in and out of love, laughing at funny experiences and at the same time, you get to know the...
    AntiHelix AntiHelix 18-21, M Jul 4

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    The village stood at the edge of a deep forest. Secluded from the surrounding world Galewood had strong morals, and very little resistance against them. Wearing skirts above the...
    lildragon3333 lildragon3333 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 5

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    Okay this is a story about a girl that tried to make her family happy. her mom didn't really agreed with everything that she was doing. she didn't like working out but her mom kept...
    blackpepperfox blackpepperfox 16-17, F Jul 9

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