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    carmaletta carmaletta 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 11, 2015

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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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    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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    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

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

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    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 2 Responses Oct 24, 2015

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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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    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 10, 2015

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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 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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    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

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    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

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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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    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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    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 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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    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 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

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    Hello, everyone. Thanks for reading :) My name is Ari, I'm 22, I live in a small island, of roughly 50,000 people, its in Europe, it's called Faroe Islands, we speak a language...
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    I love getting a really long message like a story, or someone telling me what they'd like to do to me, fantasies, anything really hot and sexy that I can just read while I rub my p...
    dirtylittlegirl2 dirtylittlegirl2 18-21, F 4 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    Re-reading The Historian. Anyone else enjoyed this amazing work???
    chloegoldmine chloegoldmine 18-21, F 5 Responses 14 hrs ago

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    I've always been a reader. Open a book, and you enter a different world for a while.
    iammyshadow iammyshadow 36-40, F 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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    I want so badly to write stories again, but the ones I want to write are very personal and I don't want my fiance to see. I've never really let too many people see my stories I've...
    KimmyWhite920 KimmyWhite920 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    Where all the North Carolina men?
    Annawifeynxtdoor Annawifeynxtdoor 26-30, F 6 Responses 3 days ago

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    What I love to do during my free time is to create characters profiles for my stories. They're almost my babies, I love to offer them good adventures and experiences I will never...
    LoveFunnyMovies LoveFunnyMovies 13-15, F 3 days ago

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    Reading these stories today has really gotten me aroused. My hand has been down my pants for a couple hours now.
    dmonro7 dmonro7 26-30, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    most definitely. i care about what you have to share and it broadens my world. i hope you are well today.
    coffeeonice coffeeonice 31-35, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    This is a beautiful story worth sharing. A son took his old father to a restaurant for an evening dinner. Father being very old and weak, while eating, dropped food on his shirt...
    lemongrass09 lemongrass09 46-50, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    Just because I write kinky stuff here doesn't mean that's all I am about. It can be annoying when people message me with their sex needs. Read my stories or write your own! If...
    Doomflower Doomflower 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Found this really great haircut story the other day. It is called "The Barber Beauty", and it is about a girl who goes with boyfriend to a barbershop. The guy has wanted a...
    SportsSam8 SportsSam8 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 4

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    ...but i deleted them all cause i didn't want my husband reading them or finding them. i didn't feel right about them. so i'm starting over. i so wish i had those stories. some...
    coffeeonice coffeeonice 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 4

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    Reading others stories always makes me more daring!
    Livelife29 Livelife29 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 2

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    Naughtycuckold Naughtycuckold 41-45, F 12 Responses Feb 2

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    I read stories about female domination and bisexual experiences.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 1

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    Can anyone recommend stories for me to read? Sexy, hot stories?
    BlackStudUK BlackStudUK 31-35, M 2 Responses Feb 1

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    to start this off I am a female (16) who sent pictures naked because of the app omegle it made me feel some pleasure and this is me cyrus24 except I made a new account it felt good...
    mileyluuvss mileyluuvss 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 31

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    I am always looking for some good stories to read!
    Ordinarylady Ordinarylady 22-25, F 11 Responses Jan 31

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    I prefer ************ to having real sex. I haven had real sex in such a long time. Love the stories in here to give me inspiration
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 31

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    This site probably has a purpose defined by the designers which escapes me, so I have only my imagination to depend upon. Thus I believe that I choose friends by firstly, their...
    heqawaset heqawaset 70+, M Jan 31

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