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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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...
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    Related Experiences

    I love writing stories specifically for one person. I really enjoy being able to craft a fun and tailor made reading experience for a friend. I love to hear their reaction to the...
    Sebastianblack Sebastianblack 26-30, M Aug 7

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    Some stories I've read really had me on fire
    BeauteFloue BeauteFloue 22-25, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    Somebody send me some dirty stories, of what you'd do to me.
    Bluesirenz Bluesirenz 18-21, F 10 Responses Aug 5

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    I write filthy stories for dirty girls, you just tell me what you need, and I'll write one just for you...wink
    Djanarchy Djanarchy 46-50, M 4 Responses Aug 9

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    It Might Be Too Late...The hospital was unusually quiet that bleak January evening, quiet and still like the air before a storm. I stood in the nurses' station on the seventh floor...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F Aug 12

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    Since I was a little girl frowning up, stories fascinated me more than ****.
    Gemma3sahara Gemma3sahara 31-35, F 9 Responses Aug 23

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    Can males or females message me their naughty stories so that I can get horny so that I can **********!? I like hardcore something that turns me on!
    mylife291200 mylife291200 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Ana and Kyle had been walking in the woods for about an hour when they reached a clear open field. They’d seen no one since they’d joined the trail. The field was small but...
    Fxckmehard Fxckmehard 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 2

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    I'm sure I'm not the only one, but I do find them really interesting. Gay, straight,bi, lesbian, or even ****** I'll read it, I don't really care.
    chrissyboo123 chrissyboo123 16-17, F 5 Responses Aug 11

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    Emperor's SeedOnce there was an emperor in the Far East who was growing old and knew it was coming time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or one of...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F Aug 12

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    I dream of your lips pressed against mine.With your hands exploring my body while you press my up against a wall. I imagine you leaving me with hickeys,scratches and bite marks...
    smilethepainaway smilethepainaway 16-17, F 10 Responses Aug 13

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    Is anybody up to sharing a story? I'd love to hear some :) Just message me
    Cyanideheart Cyanideheart 16-17, M Aug 14

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    It is a curiosity of mine. I look at the hearts, but wonder who doesn't heart it... Weird huh?
    3dogmatic 3dogmatic 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 20

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    I know you all are very happy!
    Thought1 Thought1 22-25 Aug 22

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    As the soft moan escapes her lips, he grows hard, his ear pressed to the wall that divided their rooms. Images of her soft hand exploring her own mound, her legs spread, shiny...
    NoVADad703 NoVADad703 31-35, M 1 Response a week ago

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    They had been cuddling and rough housing for about 10 minutes before he was stopped abruptly. As he tickled her, she bounced on up on his stomach and that was when he felt "it" for...
    NoVADad703 NoVADad703 31-35, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Who wants to send me one? Please?
    sexchild sexchild 18-21, F 7 Responses 6 days ago

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    Remember the books called scary stories, that **** was meant for kids to read! That was not okay for kids to read. I couldn't even read the stories when I was little, I'd just look...
    Wynnieskye Wynnieskye 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 1

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    I don't know how to categorize what I am going to say so I just placed it under I read and listen cause that's what I mostly do. Here's what I want to say: I read beautiful...
    Artz4Life Artz4Life 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 16

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    I love reading naughty stories esp taboo ... Feel free to send some !! ;) xx
    bix101 bix101 22-25, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    1. A Cup of Tea Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor...
    Teeteesky Teeteesky 18-21, F Aug 20

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    Fa-yen,a Chinese Zen teacher, overheard four monks arguing about subjectivity and objectivity. He joined them and said: "There is a big stone. Do you consider it to be inside or...
    Teeteesky Teeteesky 18-21, F Aug 20

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    I think it's time to write something about why I am here. Yes, I have joined some of the groups with mature content on here and yes I have written a couple of stories that might...
    00flyaway 00flyaway 41-45, F Aug 15

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    Reading is my absolute life and passion. I believe that I would be a shell of person without books. They have been the building blocks of knowledge and imagination for thousands of...
    GloriousGrey GloriousGrey 18-21, F Jul 31

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    Twilight Saga, Time traveler's wife, The Last Song and every other Nicholas Sparks book. I am currently trying to catch up on NS. I have all his books but i have not been reading...
    violet1698 violet1698 31-35, F Aug 5

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    Look, my words and my stories actually mean something to me. These are my life experiences. They actually have great value to me. And as it turned out, by sharing my life...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 10

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    I have to make another post apparently. If you make or join a group showing you hate girls and then add me or email me, I will not talk to you. I am a 37 year old woman and I take...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F 5 Responses Aug 11

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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...
    SwanSongRebeL SwanSongRebeL 36-40, F 11 Responses Aug 14

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    I like to write and read stories. When I write I usually write about my feelings. I was thinking about writing a book. But I don't know how to start off. I always have a idea what...
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 31

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    I posted the first part of my story a fair few weeks ago here, and some of you expressed an interest in learning more. the next entries take place between Samhain (Halloween) 2010...
    Helvella Helvella 26-30, F Aug 4

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    I love writing stories specifically for one person. I really enjoy being able to craft a fun and tailor made reading experience for a friend. I love to hear their reaction to the...
    Sebastianblack Sebastianblack 26-30, M Aug 7

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    Not just this but some of my other stories too. I think i expressed myself in these stories well enough so that you understand me and get an idea of what im like in a conversation...
    violet1698 violet1698 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 11

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    Oke! Let's do this! 1. My name is Emmy. Call me Emmy or Mini or Psycho or anything other than my full name (if you know it) 2. NO PERVS! NO CREEPS! NO GREEN BANANAS! O.o 3. I'm...
    MiniMiku MiniMiku 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 13

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    I like reading other people's fantasies!! Message me your stories!!
    Dweb3290 Dweb3290 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 14

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    hey guys! I'm really into writing teen like stories, and the one i'm writing right now is called Head Over Heels. Its basically a fanfiction- type thing about John Frusciante, past...
    shonaisaponkrocker shonaisaponkrocker 16-17, F 5 days ago

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    hey guys! I'm really into writing teen like stories, and the one i'm writing right now is called Head Over Heels. Its basically a fanfiction- type thing about John Frusciante, past...
    shonaisaponkrocker shonaisaponkrocker 16-17, F 5 days ago

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    Horror? I love horror movies especially by myself but even better I enjoy reading super scary books, theres something about being alone in a room in complete silence when you read...
    FeelAgain FeelAgain 22-25, F 11 Responses 4 days ago