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    “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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I'm reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. So far sooo good! I LOVE psychological thrillers and the way this story is narrated by different characters.
    Greeneyedgirl276 Greeneyedgirl276 36-40, F 1 hr ago

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    if you care to read it: http://zenhabits.net/zen-attachment/
    clearlytransparent clearlytransparent 31-35, F 1 hr ago

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    everything zen....everything zen, I don't think so..... (Bush)
    StreetgirlnamedDesire504 StreetgirlnamedDesire504 36-40 1 day ago

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    Not sure if any of you will find this helpful, but figured I'd just give a play-by-play on how I am handling the situation with my DUI. Brief overview: I received a DUI in...
    craigp572 craigp572 51-55, M 2 days ago

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    And I like writing them too. I like to please someone with writing.
    mike88744 mike88744 31-35, M 2 days ago

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    hey guys I have a wattpad and I want you too read it and give me feedback http://w.tt/1LJWQYo
    100BlackRoses 100BlackRoses 16-17, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    The Chronicles Of Dave: The Introduction These are the Chronicles Of Dave. A series of stories of Dave and his sexual life spanning decades. Some of the stories you’ll read...
    imalright71 imalright71 41-45, M 3 days ago

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    i have heard a number of them from friends. i have no ghostly experiences myself but i enjoy them. even as a kid, when i went to the library, i read ghost story books. i enjoy them...
    xkmb xkmb 51-55 4 days ago

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    I need a good story to ********** to. horny as f***
    kaleeeb kaleeeb 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    When I first found the book, I thought it may have just been another library book that I accidentally took with me from school. I've never been so wrong in my entire life. The...
    Hurt329 Hurt329 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Seriously guys. And I mean Men mostly. Please read my stories before adding me. I am very cheeky, lively, and I enjoy a good conversation but take a few minutes to read why I am...
    tinyivory tinyivory 36-40, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm more annoyed with all of the proclamations people make about not cheating. "I don't understand it. That's something I could NEVER do." If you haven't cheated, that's great...
    XlizrocksY XlizrocksY 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    I can write fairly good stories if people want to read them then pm me.
    Cuck4lesbian Cuck4lesbian 22-25, M 5 days ago

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    I mean seriously, who doesn't xD Waiting for an army of prudes to have a go at me for enjoying a bit of erotic literacy xD
    ThePiggycorn ThePiggycorn 13-15, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    The stories of Edgar Allan Poe, love them.
    Soulseeker80 Soulseeker80 31-35, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    This story isn't true but funny Tickle pay back for Janet It's a Saturday afternoon . Janet is at her fiancées Steve waiting for him to get ready to leave so they can go to...
    Dollfan32 Dollfan32 31-35, F Aug 28

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    Thanks everyone who wrote me and commented my stories. Anyway ,no matter how much post i get, i still didnt found a good friend who will write with me every day. Someone to trust...
    lonely4560 lonely4560 31-35, F Aug 27

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    I may not write proper experiences on here but I do like writing stories. Wattpad is a great app to read other stories and create your own
    HollywoodKitty23 HollywoodKitty23 13-15, F Aug 27

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    And I love writing them too, I like sharing them with my friends
    1LikeMind 1LikeMind 51-55, M 2 Responses Aug 26

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    Ever heard of BEK(Black Eyed Kids)? They're scary stories and enjoy reading peoples experiences about them. I am totally unsure if they are actualy real or not, but they are fun to...
    Girl568 Girl568 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 25

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    No matter how many books I read, all the different stories and adventures, my favorite book that I love to read over and over is the The Count of Monte Cristo. With the adventure...
    powerlifter2439 powerlifter2439 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 25

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    The Divergent series. The end of the last book... *spoiler alert*........ When Tris died... I lost all composure and cried for while and then tortured myself even further by...
    xWarriorPrincessx xWarriorPrincessx 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 24

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    I have read some seriously crazy/dirty/disturbing things on here but everything I post gets deleted. What is the point of this app anyway? I'm looking for like minded people who...
    krissyjo19512 krissyjo19512 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 23

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    run out of reading material ;) send me some dirty stories. I wanna know what you would do to me. The more details the better
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 23

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    Part 1 For once the city was dark, and I could see the stars above our heads. We were walking, or trying to, all struggling to stay on the sidewalk. I had my friend on my arm...
    Bikiexd Bikiexd 16-17, F Aug 22

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    I wish ppl would read my profile before adding me or trying to chat with me. I am not trying to sound like an EP snob or come off as rude, but I have mostly all the information...
    StreetgirlnamedDesire504 StreetgirlnamedDesire504 36-40 Aug 22

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    000Camilla 000Camilla 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 22

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    I use to have many stories and most got removed. They say its against the policy but from hearing from most people I do not know why the policy is not changed if the majority of...
    cuise cuise 36-40, M Aug 21

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    I am getting to the point where I am starting to feel "iffish" about having people add me to their circle. Of course I avoid adding people to mine for that very reason, as well as...
    Jugemu Jugemu 31-35, M Aug 20

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    I've decided to update my "terms and conditions" to make anyone who reads this more aware of what I am about. Firstly, I am not happy with the way teenagers are treated here...
    ForeverIsOver ForeverIsOver 16-17, F 6 Responses Aug 20

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    The Numerology of the 3 Birth Day In psychic readings, you are gifted in writing, communicating, speaking, and strategizing. You have a need to express yourself in whatever way...
    jkellison52 jkellison52 31-35, M Aug 19