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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Related Experiences

    The questions and answers section has now overshadowed the stories section which IMO is the most important part of EP. Even though a lot of stories are fake, I still try to read...
    Allforaview Allforaview 18-21, F Mar 21

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    how many here have read the naked in school stories?
    Dean6736 Dean6736 46-50, M 2 Responses Mar 9

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    I love reading and writing my own stories, even better when they're written with someone else
    klinefun klinefun 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 21

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    any taboo stories you wanna share
    naughtyboyswanted naughtyboyswanted 22-25, F 9 Responses Mar 16

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    Any stories to share girls
    quietlad quietlad 22-25, M Mar 17

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    I was on 9gag earlier, and it had a list of the saddest short stories. I'm writing down my favorites: The smallest coffins are the heaviest. Brought roses homes. Key's didn't fit...
    IntenseCookie IntenseCookie 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 20

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    I got stories if anyone wants to hear
    gonzo316 gonzo316 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 21

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    Send me some naughty stories (;
    Hannahhbaby Hannahhbaby 18-21, F 10 Responses 20 hrs ago

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    I'm actually writing online so for anyone who likes to read I have a account on Fictionpress. net user: gorgeusgirlSky3
    gorgeusgirlSky3 gorgeusgirlSky3 13-15 Mar 7

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    In the mood for some reading. Anyone care to share?
    QueenElla QueenElla 22-25, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    Especially if someone written something for me specifically... I love being told what someone would like to do with me in good detail, it's making me wet now that I'm thinking...
    LinaBean16 LinaBean16 16-17, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    Anyone got some???? 😣😰❤️🔥🔥🔥😯😰🙊🙊
    charmandbeauty charmandbeauty 18-21, F 2 Responses 34 mins ago

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    We'll hear is one for you but it's a sci-fi romance Title:THE ELEMENTS Hey my name is ivy and 2 years ago I was captured and I was put in a lab and tested on because I'm...
    girlygirl2671 girlygirl2671 18-21, F Mar 3

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    Send me a story that really gets you going
    TexasRocker TexasRocker 46-50, M Mar 6

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    Uhmm yeah as far as tgey are exciting & amusing me :P
    Ash99990 Ash99990 22-25, M Mar 16

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    MASTER SEEKING SLAVE! ANY LADIES INTERESTED?ANY LADIES WANNA TEXT?MUST BE COMPLETELY SUBMISSIVE 24/7 MUST LIVE IN THE USA 18 AND OLDER DISTANCE IS NO ISSUE!!
    Sexytexan18 Sexytexan18 26-30, M Mar 16

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    Please leave me one. :) ;)
    ttttttfgtfv ttttttfgtfv 26-30, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Anyone, tell me something fun
    CynthiaK95 CynthiaK95 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Tell me your fantasizes, personal experiences, anything ;)
    ttttttfgtfv ttttttfgtfv 26-30, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    stuff on here nooooooooo but occasionally Literotica has good stuff
    RatxInxAxCage RatxInxAxCage 18-21, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    anyone have something to help.....
    justmenow901 justmenow901 41-45, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Need relief, someone post a story???
    librarygirl0411 librarygirl0411 18-21, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    Alright, who doesn’t want comments? I write these stories because I want people to read them. But I also want to hear from the people who read them. Doesn’t everyone want that...
    FruitSlice FruitSlice 41-45, M 1 day ago

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    About me, I a very fine person who ask nothing from you but mutual respect. I will also be reading your stories at times and watch for you on the EP board. I will tell you you are...
    MsOracle MsOracle 66-70, F 2 Responses Mar 18

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    Living in each moment completely Concentrating on each task Sitting quietly Breathing This is Zen
    michaeln41 michaeln41 41-45, M Mar 12

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    Ok so I order a mini zen tea kit and a mini tarot deck via Amazon, wasn't expecting the tarot cards for a month and the tea set by this week! The tarot cards came first! How is...
    Lovelife090994 Lovelife090994 18-21, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I have a dig bick, you read that wrong. That awkward when you realize you read that wrong. You also said "moment" after awkward.
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M 2 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    I know it sounds weird but it makes me think that I better live life to its fullest because I'm also going to end up there. Reading the headstones is also interesting, you can...
    Foodlover163 Foodlover163 13-15, F 4 hrs ago

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    I thought I should mention this. Again. Before you add me to your circle or send me a message, please read my experiences or stories or both of it. If you find something you can...
    mishale80 mishale80 31-35, F Mar 13

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    Hey guys i really Enjoy reading stories too. And im glad you read bed time stories to your kids, im going to do that one day. But for now i created a youtube Channel called...
    AleksReader AleksReader 18-21 Mar 2

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    Ok I really like to read slash. There are some cute stories on ao3 that I've read (usually Larry stylinson ones) ... I like to read fluff but mostly ****... Does anyone have any...
    lourrysjeans lourrysjeans 18-21, F a week ago

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    So today I went to the park for the first time this year as I was going round and round, feeling the nearest I ever had to flying. As I was doing this I noticed how yes I do not...
    Scaredmonster Scaredmonster 16-17, F 8 hrs ago