Mutated Tao – Chapter 44: Righteous Monastery

Chapter 44: Righteous Monastery

Within the five-Buddha hall, Li Huowang met Abbot Xin Hui once again. However, this time the abbot wasnt alone; there were four more elderly monks sitting in a row behind him.

Since youve returned, Benefactor Xuan Yang, lets get straight to the point. We need to hold a Great Fast to offer salvation to him, said the abbot.

Right, abbot, lets start, replied Li Huowang immediately.

Take it easy, Benefactor. Dan Yangzis karma is still connected to you. Before we can perform this ritual, we need you to calm your mind.

Calm my mind? Li Huowang was puzzled.Explore new ovels on novelbi(.)com

Amitabha! Benefactor, your mind is quite restless and troubled, said the abbot.

Before the abbot could even finish speaking, Li Huowang retorted in a stern and loud voice, Im not sick!

His voice was so loud that Li Huowang even startled himself.

Li Huowang could see the five elderly monks gazing at him thoughtfully. He took a deep breath and clenched his trembling fists. May I ask, abbot, what it is that I must do in order to calm my mind?

At that moment, a yellow-covered scripture was presented to him. Take this Emptiness of the Five Aggregates[1] Sutra, and recite it three times a day.

Li Huowang took it and flipped through the scripture; it was full of obscure Buddhist scriptures that he could not understand in the slightest.

Just reciting it will do? Theres no specific technique? Or no need to eat anything? asked Li Huowang. Such a simple step was way beyond his expectations.

When he saw Abbot Xin Hui shake his head, he took the scripture and started heading out. Right as he was about to exit, he turned around to look at the elderly monks sitting cross-legged on their prayer mats.

Abbot Xin Hui, does the Righteous Monastery have any cultivation techniques? asked Li Huowang.

Naturally. As long as Benefactor is willing to shave his head and join our monastery, you may freely access our entire Scripture Repository.

Upon hearing that, Li Huowang turned and left; it was not possible for him to become a monk.

Benefactor Xuan Yang, why dont you stay in the temple during this period? Its also troublesome for us if you keep coming and going from the monastery like this, said Abbot Xin Hui just as Li Huowang was about to leave.

Li Huowang did not decline them this time; since he had already chosen to trust them, being overly cautious would only make him seem petty.

A separate room was arranged for him within the Righteous Monastery. Li Huowang sat within the room while silently looking at the scripture that was given to him.

Initially, Li Huowang felt a little nervous. But he soon realized that nobody in this temple minded him, even when he ran to the bustling main hall and watched the monks perform divinations for others. He gradually felt more and more assured.

Late at night, under the light of an oil lamp, Li Huowang carried a scripture book and recited, My lifes journey is complete, my spiritual path established, my actions accomplished, leaving no room for future existence. As I speak of this Dharma, it reveals the freedom of mental attachments of all phenomena, including the five aggregates. Embrace this teaching with faith, and diligently put it into practice

When he initially began reciting this so-called Emptiness of the Five Aggregates Sutra, Li Huowang didnt feel anything. However, as more and more days passed, he felt the quality of his sleep gradually improve, and understood that it really was effective.

Once he finished reciting it, he placed the book down and extinguished the oil lamp, preparing to head to sleep. At the same time, he began to plan for what he had to do next.

After getting rid of Dan Yangzi, Ill go and look for a Black Taisui. If I can stabilize my condition, then I will be able to continue to live in this world in a stable fashion.

But the Black Taisui seems to be rather ferocious. And if I really do manage to capture it, then how should I restrain it such that I can cut some of its flesh to eat every month?

Right, the first thing I need to do is to obtain enough strength for self-preservation. That is also similarly challenging.

Just as Li Huowang was lost in his thoughts, he suddenly saw a figure flash past outside his door, causing his body to tense up.

Is someone within the temple spying on me?

Li Huowang slowly walked up to the door and pulled the latch, yanking the door open.

The courtyard outside was illuminated by the moonlight, with not a single person in sight. Li Huowang carefully peered outside. He caught a glimpse of a yellow-robed monk quickly vanishing into the dark corridor in the distance.

Whats going on within this temple? After a moment of contemplation, Li Huowang followed the yellow-robed monk at a slow pace.

After a while, Li Huowang saw a bald head under the moonlight. While Li Huowang could not see the face from his angle, judging from the lack of scars, their status in the Righteous Monastery was probably not high.

Just like that, in the silent temple, one person walked ahead, while another followed behind from a distance.

At that moment, however, the monk suddenly disappeared into the partially opened door of a temple hall.

Li Huowang was about to follow him inside as well, but after some thought, he decided to go to the other side of this temple. There, he wet his finger with some saliva before piercing a hole through the paper window.

This hall was quite small compared to the abbots five-Buddha hall. In fact, it could even be described as tiny. There was a small Bodhisattva statue, with one hand in a meditative gesture and the other hand holding a bottle. Only two candles were lit on the altar, dimly illuminating the entire hall.

There was someone kneeling before the figure of the Bodhisattva; the one who had just entered was not some monk, but a woman.

A woman? In the temple this late at night?

Before Li Huowang could even make sense of what he was seeing, the woman began to silently pray.

Oh merciful and compassionate Bodhisattva, I beg you, please give me a son. If I dont give birth to a son this time, Im going to be sold away.

Just as she was praying, a half-naked monk who had been behind the statue approached her before gently covering her eyes with a red cloth. Her body trembled ever so slightly, but she did not resist. Soon, her breathing started becoming heavier and heavier.

Soon, seven or eight bald-headed monks walked out from the surrounding darkness, each with their hands clasped together as if they were praying. Then, they slowly surrounded her.

This is the truth behind the effective child-bearing prayers?!

Li Huowang was dumbfounded as he watched the scene unfolding in front of him, toppling his previous understanding of the Righteous Monastery.

Suddenly, he sensed something and quickly turned around to see Jian Dun, standing in the courtyard while illuminated by the moonlight.

Ive been discovered!

Jian Dun did not say anything as he looked at Li Huowang, only gently beckoning with his hand before turning to leave.

Li Huowang glanced at the chaos within the temple one last time before following Jian Dun quietly.

Jian Dun did not bring Li Huowang anywhere special, but only to his residence. Then, he lit up the oil lamp and sat down on a stool.

I know what Benefactor must be thinkingthat the Righteous Monasterys monks are impure? But does Benefactor believe all the worshipers to be fools? Why would they come to pray so late at night? said Jian Dun.

Standing at the door, Li Huowang did not say anything, waiting for him to continue.

If they want a son, then well give them a son. As monks, we are just that compassionate, and thus we do good deeds, continued Jian Dun.

Li Huowang could not help but frown. Then there must be a lot of those good deeds of yours roaming around here.

The Righteous Monasterys disciples have never proclaimed that our prayers to the Bodhisattva are effective. All those rumors have just been spread around by the worshipers themselves. We didnt say anything, and they didnt ask anything.

1. The five aggregates are form (or materiality), sensations (or feeling), perception, mental formation, consciousness

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Chapter end

Chapter 1: The Master
Chapter 2: Li Huowang
Chapter 3: Jade Pendant
Chapter 4: Black Cauldron
Chapter 5: Pills
Chapter 6: Worth
Chapter 7: Zephyr Temple
Chapter 8: Rewriting the Script
Chapter 9: Black Taisui
Chapter 10: Steamed Buns
Chapter 11: Xuan Yuan
Chapter 12: Pill Recipe
Chapter 13: Refining Pills
Chapter 14: Ally
Chapter 15: Zheng Kun
Chapter 16: Head
Chapter 17: Found It!
Chapter 18: The Method To Become An Immortal?
Chapter 19: Superstitious
Chapter 20: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 21: Attaining Immortality
Chapter 22: Exit
Chapter 23: Home
Chapter 24: Plunder
Chapter 25: Path in the Forests
Chapter 26: Frightening
Chapter 27: Evil
Chapter 28: Lu Family
Chapter 29: Stage
Chapter 30: Performance
Chapter 31: A Wandering God
Chapter 32: Hu’s Family Ancestral Hall
Chapter 33: Continue The Performance!
Chapter 34: The God of Happiness
Chapter 35: Confused
Chapter 36: Donkey Cart
Chapter 37: The Nine Classes
Chapter 38: Jianye Town
Chapter 39: Wild
Chapter 40: Midnight
Chapter 41: Monk
Chapter 42: Monastery
Chapter 43: Buddha
Chapter 44: Righteous Monastery
Chapter 45: Buddha Statue
Chapter 46: Xin Hui
Chapter 47: Placing the Incense Sticks
Chapter 48: Escape
Chapter 49: Strayed One
Chapter 50: Buddha
Chapter 51: Negotiation
Chapter 52: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 53: Ponder
Chapter 54: Wandering God
Chapter 55: Healed
Chapter 56: Beyond the Border
Chapter 57: Shaman
Chapter 58: Li Zhi
Chapter 59: Chosen Apprentice
Chapter 60: Shaman
Chapter 61: Second Deity
Chapter 62: Night Visit
Chapter 63: Red Veil
Chapter 64: Drum
Chapter 65: Let’s See How You Beat The Drum Now!
Chapter 66: A Virtuous Person
Chapter 67: Parcel
Chapter 68: Festival
Chapter 69: Meal
Chapter 70: Lake
Chapter 71: Water Bandits
Chapter 72: Dragon Gate Village
Chapter 73: Murder
Chapter 74: Death
Chapter 75: Warehouse
Chapter 76: Bamboo Slips
Chapter 77: Ba-Hui
Chapter 78: The Aftermath
Chapter 79: Market
Chapter 80: Nun
Chapter 81: The Benevolent Nunnery
Chapter 82: Abbess Jingxin
Chapter 83: Strayed One
Chapter 84: Sense of Doubt and Confusion
Chapter 85: Descent
Chapter 86: Departure
Chapter 87: Forest
Chapter 88: Rules
Chapter 89: Wu Family
Chapter 90: Girl
Chapter 91: Li Huowang
Chapter 94: Bewilderment
Chapter 92: The Eighteenth Lunar
Chapter 93: Red
Chapter 96: Ba-Hui’s Descent
Chapter 98: Backtrack
Chapter 95: Pain
Chapter 97: Doctor Li
Chapter 99: Night Visit
Chapter 100: Yang Xiaohai
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