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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    Send me some naughty stories, could use them right now ;-)
    ClaudiaRosenkilde ClaudiaRosenkilde 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 1

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    Someone send me some naughty stories or ask me dirty questions ;)
    hornylezzieuk hornylezzieuk 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 9

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    Anyone out there wanna give me a naughty story to read message it to me
    JohnnySmith65 JohnnySmith65 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 11

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    I mean, seriously. Who are you? What brought you to my profile? And most importantly, why are you adding me? What made you notice me long enough to care? I want to know these...
    themanoflegends themanoflegends 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 20

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    I always write for myself. I write because it make me feel better to get it down on virtual paper. I do admit from time to time I wonder who reads what i write and if it means...
    JackisMe JackisMe 41-45, M 1 Response a week ago

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    Girls realy dirty and kinky fantasies please
    Njord85 Njord85 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 1

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    Feeling in the mood for a naughty story right about now ;D
    Luxordx10 Luxordx10 18-21, M Jan 8

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    Uhmm so tell me your naughty story, and do send me one. Pm me please, i'am waiting
    ronnie9898 ronnie9898 22-25, M Jan 14

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    So Send me some lol!!! :-)
    Blks1tt Blks1tt 18-21, F 7 Responses Jan 14

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    So, if you have some just send them to me ;)
    MrZenigata MrZenigata 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 22

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    Why the hell would you bloody add me??
    90slove 90slove 18-21, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    Is Love Worth The Risk? Let me explain in my story. My true love and I started out like many do. We met on-line and in a short time became friends. Even on-line as you chat...
    srfchopper srfchopper 56-60, M Jan 16

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    14 short stories worth reading, feeling and sharing to all those dear to you.. 1. Fall and Rise Today, when I slipped on the wet tile floor a boy in a wheelchair caught me before I...
    restored87 restored87 46-50, F 6 Responses Jan 20

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    I want you to read this before anything else. Hi! This is my second account on EP. There's nothing wrong with my first account, really. But I decided to delete it anyway because I...
    TheQuietExtrovert TheQuietExtrovert 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 20

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    I love to read tickle stories! They always seem to put a smile on my face! Whenever I read one I pretend to be in the same situation and think about what will happen it was real! I...
    FanWriter1215 FanWriter1215 13-15, F Dec 31, 2014

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    I have always been a reader. Lately, since my wife dumped me, I have discovered Eroticas. I have always been a very sensual man and enjoyed the many sexual experiences of marriage...
    brknheart2 brknheart2 61-65, M 1 Response Jan 12

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    I noticed that myself and others have tons of rubbish in our profiles - tons of experiences and only a few stories. I've been deleting my experiences that I haven't shared a story...
    jdawg125 jdawg125 36-40, M 1 Response Jan 17

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    I read and write them it's just a bliss, I wonder how my life would be without them.. It's like my own world in which I can dwell in my sensitive self and unleash my ideas and way...
    00Wieme00 00Wieme00 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    I read many books on Kindle and I have written a few too, just published two and am working on a third.    Writing is something that is relatively new in my life. I spent...
    lasergraph lasergraph 61-65, M 2 hrs ago

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    In my room I have a picture on the wall that has provided me joy for many years. This picture shows a beautiful stream with clear water, graceful rushes along the shore and...
    wantadoover wantadoover 56-60, M 10 hrs ago

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    Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.
    paleryder paleryder 56-60, M Jan 15

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    Do you know how to read tea leaves?A friend of mine told me how to do this. I'm not reading anything into it but I've done it just for fun. Welcome to my first tea leave reading...
    shaandar shaandar 31-35, F 18 hrs ago

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    Reading fanfictions has been one of the most joyful experiences for me. It's like when I read one, there's a whole new realm I'm entering, like another universe regardless of the...
    drunkpotato drunkpotato 18-21, F 19 hrs ago

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    I poured my heart out in several intimate and explicit stories. They were true experiences and readers raved about my courage to share so honestly and completely. Guess what...
    naz7zan naz7zan 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 10

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    i just love reading gay love stories from now till then ... it's my past time and i just can't even put it away .. even though i have exams. hahaha!!! it's like my inspiration of...
    ritztwain ritztwain 18-21, M Jan 23

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    Mmmm. I like from ms fairy tales. I like short stories. Hansel and Gretel is my favorite. And short bedtime stories, I nade my mom tell me the 3 Billy goats gruff a every night...
    Philie Philie 51-55, M 1 Response Jan 11

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    Anyone here reads kpop fanfiction? EXO in particular.
    drunkpotato drunkpotato 18-21, F 18 hrs ago

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    I'm reading a book about minimalism.. It's quite an interesting yet simple concept. What are your thoughts on a minimalistic lifestyle?
    Summerandroses Summerandroses 22-25, F 10 hrs ago

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    I'm currently reading Revelation. Interesting stuff!
    1forHIM 1forHIM 22-25, F 6 hrs ago

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    Yes I did. Ok don't laugh. I read Dudley Moore's biography and it was very sad. There is a spot in my heart reserved for only him. 💔
    mynameis12345 mynameis12345 51-55, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    This is Eric. It's not my real name and it may take time to know my real name. I am sorry that I don't share it since it's very unique. I am an experienced Dom/Master. I was on...
    fastandfamous fastandfamous 36-40, M 3 Responses Jan 5

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    books lately have been my escape.. never ever did i think i would fall in love with reading as much as i have!!! im a strange one and love reading cliche love stories but also...
    unknownana unknownana 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 7

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    Idk. I just don't get it. idk if I want to get it but sometimes I read really messed up stories on here. 0_o
    HigherCalling HigherCalling 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 8

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    Need some naughty stories to read before bed tonight ;D Fire Away!
    Luxordx10 Luxordx10 18-21, M Jan 8

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    I hate when I click on an Experience Story expecting a great read and then find the "story" is only one sentence long. Seriously, we're not counting characters and limiting the...
    Saylowman Saylowman 46-50, M 6 Responses Jan 8

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    Well now Ep has deleted my post about my wife sending me pictures. Obviously I included the pictures she sent me and received a deluge of positive comments from both male and...
    dangerousliasons dangerousliasons 46-50, M 13 Responses Jan 21