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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 Moon Cannot Be Stolen" Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover...
    dontcareforlabels dontcareforlabels 41-45, M Oct 29

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    Share your weird, dark, funny, embarrassing, dirty or just normal stories with me :) I like to listen
    JacobHerst JacobHerst 16-17, M Nov 13

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    In the comments type stories of you pooping or peeing you pants.
    readerleader readerleader 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 14

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    They can be very exciting to read/hear
    Ashley2K14 Ashley2K14 22-25, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Anyone like to share? I enjoy all kinds from anyone!
    T14J T14J 16-17, M 10 hrs ago

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    I wonder who, they probably think I'm crazy.
    MaryJay712 MaryJay712 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 30

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    Just flicking through experiences, wow such a turn on 😄
    Lacyn Lacyn 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 1

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    Can someone send me a good story
    Gothicsteph180 Gothicsteph180 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 9

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    Send me ur story boys and girls
    Gothicsteph180 Gothicsteph180 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 9

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    Anyone have a good detailed story for me?
    silverladies silverladies 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 19

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    Tell me a good one plzzzzzz!!!!!
    Randomchick3 Randomchick3 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 19

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    heyy. i can tell a naughty story. HOW I ******* A COLLEAGUE. happened to me for reals. inbox me if you interested.
    genesisMEDIA genesisMEDIA 22-25, M Nov 19

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    Anyone got any? Gay or straight! ;)
    T14J T14J 16-17, M 2 days ago

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    I love reading to my kids. I've started a while back reading good night stories to my 4 kids but I found it agravating to be constantly interrupted and they were up and about when...
    Blanche08 Blanche08 31-35, F 4 Responses Nov 3

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    I appreciate people who "heart" my stories. I used to think that "hearting" something meant loving it. Such as I heart New York or something like that. Now it seems that "hearting...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M Nov 6

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    Seriously, I dare someone to read my stories, experiences, and questions I have posted, and then tell me how you would describe me. I want to know what other people think. As don't...
    redmoon383 redmoon383 16-17, M 1 Response Nov 7

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    Does anyone else sleep in your Zentai suit, Morphsuit, or full body spandex suit?
    RedBlueandBlack RedBlueandBlack 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I feel good when I write stories.I think that 'Yes my lovely friends would give their precious time and read it'. Some people freak out when friends do that.But I don't.I LOVE IT.I...
    genuineangel genuineangel 16-17, F 5 days ago

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    So I was on wattpad and their was this amazing book just wonderful that I read it's was so good and I loved it. It was called (F.A.I.T.H. A dorm. A delinquent. A girl) read it it's...
    ThaQueen2 ThaQueen2 18-21, F 6 hrs ago

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    I am curious about people that have no stories. I am guessing they like to read stories and make comments. I am open to that. I could be a listener. Right now I am a speaker. The...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M Oct 30

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    Please don't message me or add me with nothing more than "hi". It is very unlikely you will get a reply. I really need something to respond to. Also, please check out my profile...
    paulie138 paulie138 66-70, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    I find it fun to create new stories on EP. It is challenging and allows me to be creative with my writing. It is a good thing to create stories for others to read. It allows them...
    Peter123 Peter123 41-45, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Always reading ;) anyone wanna text
    Sextme6996 Sextme6996 41-45, F 4 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    The best books I ever read were the Twilight Sagas & 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy. Love Stephen King & Jackie Collins too!
    hazeleyedangel68 hazeleyedangel68 46-50, F 14 hrs ago

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    i always feel so xcited n wanna read such fantasies
    shelly4 shelly4 22-25, F 3 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    Its been a couple years and I had a bad breakup but I think I'm finally ready to go out there and start dating again :)
    chowgarartist chowgarartist 22-25, M 4 hrs ago

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    Its been a couple years and I had a bad breakup but I think I'm finally ready to go out there and start dating again :)
    chowgarartist chowgarartist 22-25, M 4 hrs ago

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    Its been a couple years and I had a bad breakup but I think I'm finally ready to go out there and start dating again :)
    chowgarartist chowgarartist 22-25, M 4 hrs ago

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    I love to read different types of books. I am now reading a book about a very controversial and confrontational person. He was in WWII and a four star general. His name is...
    momfromusa momfromusa 36-40, F 3 Responses Oct 29

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    I think books matter and reading is important. I feel that books have been my friends since my early adult life and my childhood. During the recent years that I struggled with a...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M Nov 9

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    I enjoy rereading stories I have written. I find that if I wrote a story well, it reassures me to read it a again. I have a history and I can create a new history - it takes time...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M Nov 7

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    There are so many collectors on here it seems to me. People who are just after adding people, or looking at their pictures. They are time wasters, or gamers, or whatever! I won't...
    Skjeggstad Skjeggstad 22-25, F 19 Responses Nov 17

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    You Have More Than Most People In The World! If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep ... you are richer than 75% of...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F Oct 30

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    Well not read, but I have started writing some. I'm publishing them on amazon, short stories. It's all available through my site and I use my regular name. Trying to find ways to...
    stephenmj12 stephenmj12 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 4

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    when I was growing up I resorted to writing my own fictional stories about other boys like me who were in fact really girls. there never were any stories about children like me...
    Iamsasha Iamsasha 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 7

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    I have told before, that my sister in low converted me always like her. On 3rd Oct-2014 she called me n told me to get makeup like a simple girl , i agreed with her because i...
    Anjoo Anjoo 26-30, F 1 Response