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  • !Namo@mituofO!
    HELLO FRENS! Here is some interesting information on the Zeph&Frens Mailing List: http://www.egroups.com/group/zeph/ (To SUBSCRIBE, Send a blank mail to
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      HELLO FRENS!

      Here is some interesting information on the Zeph&Frens Mailing List:
      http://www.egroups.com/group/zeph/

      (To SUBSCRIBE, Send a blank mail to zeph-subscribe@egroups.com
      Or just click Reply to this mail & Send)
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      WHY ZEPH?

      Zeph&Frens' Stories centre around an Buddhist character called Zeph and his
      Frens (who include YOU). The reason this is so is to inject a realistic
      down-to-earth and human element into the articles, which are about being
      Buddhist and practising Buddhism in everyday life. The Stories are about
      realisations and dilemmas which we can all relate to and be inspired by.
      Together, may we be Spiritual Frens to each other and grow spiritually
      together towards Enlightenment. This is the true value of Zeph&Frens.
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      HOW OFTEN ARE THE STORIES SENT?

      A fresh or continual Zeph Story will be put up more or less daily, once a
      day, so as to allow time and space for Frens (like YOU) in the List to keep
      the List alive by Commenting, Questioning and Exchanging Views on the
      articles. But if members write in enthusiastically, they will be put up more
      often. There might thus be several threads of discussion simultaneously on
      different views.
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      HOW ARE THE STORIES LIKE?

      The Zeph Stories are written either in a Narrative or Dialogue form (from a
      second party point of view) or in a Personal form (from his point of view,
      as if from his journal) as reflections and poems. (See
      http://www.egroups.com/group/zeph/ for the first story.)
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      CAN I WRITE STORIES TOO?

      Of course! This keeps the mailing list alive! All Frens are invited to write
      related Zeph Stories. However, there is an objective in writing a Story- it
      should relay a message of the Dharma. As this is an international mailing
      list, articles are requested to be as free of unnecessary cultural
      colourings as possible, so that all Frens on the List can readily relate to
      what is written. Contributing Frens should also try to minimise stereotyping
      Zeph into a certain character with a certain appearance, fixed habits or
      extreme tendencies. You can write about your experiences with Zeph as the
      main character, creating colourful Frens (even yourself!) in your Stories.
      (For example, as we shall discover, one of his best mentor friends he had a
      crush on is a beautiful older girl called Shiqin, from whom he shall learn
      much about the Buddha's teachings.)
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      CAN I CONTINUE A STORY?

      Of course! This too keeps the list alive. It doesn't even matters if someone
      has already written a sequel story to a previous story. You can always write
      an alternative sequel- which someone else might in turn write a sequel to!
      Remember to keep the objective of relaying a Dharma message in your stories
      or sequels.
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      HOW OLD IS ZEPH?

      Zeph can be of any age. Zeph Stories need not be written in a chronological
      order- you can write from the perspective of an old Zeph or a young Zeph, a
      schooling Zeph, a working Zeph or even a retired Zeph.
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      WILL MY STORIES BE EDITED?

      While Comments, Questions and Views are not likely to be moderated (unless
      they are not relevant), Stories might be slightly edited to keep them
      grammaratically and "Dharma-ically" correct.
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      WHAT HAPPENS TO THE STORIES?

      Selected Stories will be compiled and hopefully, be able to be made into
      print form as books or put up on the Net with appropriate pictures. This
      will be a continual project to reach out to others, letting more of the
      world know of the great relevance and benefit of practising the Buddha's
      teachings as a real life Human Being.

      May All Be Good Frens in Zeph&Frens!
      shian (List Manager)

      To SUBSCRIBE, Send a blank mail to zeph-subscribe@egroups.com
      Or just click Reply to this mail & Send
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      -Zeph&Frens: zeph@egroups.com
      (From "Zeph's Journal : Some Buddhist Adventures")
      A new OPEN Dharma mailing list: "Zeph & Frens."
      http://www.egroups.com/group/zeph/ ) This is a Sharing-Discussion Mailing
      List on the Spiritual Adventures of a semi-fictitious Buddhist called Zeph
      and his Friens, who include you and me. Join in the discussions and be a
      Spiritual Fren to others on the List!
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