I Read Zen Stories

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 80 People

    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

    I dreamed I was a butterfly,

    flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man? -Zhuangzi
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Oct 10, 2015
    carmaletta carmaletta
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 11, 2015

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in...
    DropsOfRain DropsOfRain
    26-30, F
    Oct 24, 2015

    Once there was a monk

    who was an expert on the Diamond Sutra, and as books were very valuable in his day, he carried the only copy in his part of the world on his back. He was widely sought after for his readings and insight into the Diamond Sutra, and very successful at propounding its profundities...
    DropsOfRain DropsOfRain
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 24, 2015

    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

    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

    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

    The psychiatrist asks the Zen Master,

    "How do you deal with neurotics?" The Zen Master replies, "I get them to the point where they can't ask anymore questions". xD
    DropsOfRain DropsOfRain
    26-30, F
    Oct 24, 2015

    Finding does not come from seeking.

    Finding comes from relinquishing the search. Relax and soften. It will shine when it shines. -Wu Hsin
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Oct 10, 2015

    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...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Oct 1, 2013

    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

    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
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Oct 10, 2015

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    18-21, F
    Apr 19
    I've already deleted my photo albums. I am going to start taking down my stories now. It is kind of sad really. It feels more like I am erasing bits and pieces of me.
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    Care2Love Care2Love
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    Apr 17
    My most ticklish spot is my toes/feet, with my navel/belly a close second. light tickles way more than rough, and I want to be tickled with no mercy no matter how much I beg. you...
    queenticklee200 queenticklee200
    18-21, T
    Apr 17
    We are a desi couple and I am the husband here. Have been here earlier and had some good interaction with people and friends here. Since EP is closing, I would like to connect...
    Desicouplefun Desicouplefun
    46-50, M
    Apr 17
    Who wants to rp me getting fat? Message me
    helpmegetfatter helpmegetfatter
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 17
    I love hearing about girls being fattened up, and I love talking about how my own girlfriend has been packing on the pounds lately! Send me a message and let's talk :D EDIT...
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    18-21, M
    Apr 16
    Reading helps you become a better writer
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    13-15, F
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    Am really going to miss this place, I have read some interesting, sad, messed up stories during my time here but I enjoy most of them in one way or another. I am a very curious...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Apr 16
    I have written stories before and I am currently writing three stories now.
    nerdyfreak nerdyfreak
    13-15, F
    Apr 16
    and i dont regret a single one i just hope they help others (someday)
    o3118152 o3118152
    26-30, M
    Apr 16
    Once upon a time an affluent farmer approached Buddha with great hope. He prostrated before the sage and sought his blessings. Buddha raised his hand in benediction. "O Venerable...
    DropsOfRain DropsOfRain
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    1 Response Apr 15
    LETTING NO I had realized long ago, that it was over. And as days passed, I vowed to let go. After a month, you were still here. After two, my pain and suffering ruled. With...
    Luke5150 Luke5150
    36-40, M
    Apr 13
    https://www.wattpad.com/story/33979199-way-of-the-woad-book-one-of-the-laoch-series Historical fiction novel, Fantasy, Gods, Immortal Warriors...a story to get lost in.
    RebekahS RebekahS
    18-21, F
    Apr 12
    Currently reading the Delirium trilogy (Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem). If you want a love story filled with action this is definitely a page turner!
    kayla459 kayla459
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    When I tell people I write FanFiction, I was honestly surprised to be supported. I thought I'd be ridiculed and made fun of and I had prepared for that. But luckily, my friends and...
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    26-30
    1 Response Apr 11
    Goodreads is a great site for book lovers. If you don't know it already, I highly recommend it. Its a great way to find books and keep track of what you read.
    dasanitr dasanitr
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    Christian Greed https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/kWbzzO/christian-greed What can truly amaze a genuine believer that looks only to the Father is just how true his words on world...
    timesoftrouble timesoftrouble
    56-60, M
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    ArtieKat ArtieKat
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    So I wrote this song for my text buddy lately and even made it an animation, guess he has no idea though https://youtu.be/dfuIh1MZ4r0
    Smoothiesloth Smoothiesloth
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 10
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    Yes I have been writing songs since I was a little girl I would love to share my lyrics or s poem one day
    Bre142 Bre142
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    1 Response Apr 9
    Like is definitely an understatement. I adore reading more than any other activity. Some might argue I spend too much time in my books but I'd happily spend the rest of my life...
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    10 Facts About You: 1. You're reading this now. 2. You're realizing that this is a stupid fact. 4. You didn't notice I skipped number 3. 5. You're checking now. 6. You're...
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