Twenty kilometers south of the Great Demon Mountain, in a small road.
“Drap drap …” A man was riding a wildebeest, walking towards him step by step. His clothes were ragged and in tatters, and his body was covered with mud stains. He looks like a beggar.
The man held a painting scroll wrapped in a bamboo tube tightly in his hand and was careful not to damage it. This person was none other than Ning Mingzhi. The scroll in his hand is the “Worship Buddha Painting” given to him by Sun Hao.
“Finally, I’m finally here! Young Master, I will be able to find your residence soon!” Ning Mingzhi’s eyes flashed with a strange light.
Over the past few dozen days, he went all the way through the mountains and rivers, through thousands of difficulties. Entered a poison cave into the den of thieves to suppress the pig demon … as a mortal undergoing such a journey, he was almost dead every single time. However, there was a painting scroll gifted by Young Master, every time it could turn misfortune into a blessing. Especially when he encountered the pig demon that time, he was almost torn apart by it.
Fortunately, the pig demon was enlightened by the chanting and now came here to protect him. Moreover, a single wildebeest surrendered on the road, which sped up the journey a lot. Every time he recited the scriptures, these two little demons will be utterly intoxicated.
He only learned the surface of the Great Dao of Buddhism, yet it showed such amazing ability. If it was in the hands of Young Master, it was absolutely omnipotent! The arduous journey will surely be the test from Young Master, fortunately, he passed all of them!
Suddenly, there was a loud roar, as if tigers and dragons were raging in mountains and forests. When his human ears heard this roar, his whole body was numb. The pig demon’s hair stood up and growled constantly. It seemed like they encountered a great danger.
“Little Pig, what’s the matter?” Ning Mingzhi asked.
“Howl!” The pig demon’s eyes looked fixedly ahead.
At this time. “Boom! Boom!” loud explosive sound came from the front, every sound made the ground buzzing and shaking. Looking through the gap in the dense forest, Ning Mingzhi’s pupils couldn’t help but shrink, and his scalp went numb.
He saw that a giant ape as high as several tens of meters was walking step by step. The giant ape was completely dark, with a metallic luster. The taut muscles seem to be able to tear the world apart, evoking boundless fear.
“This … this is a big demon!”
Ning Mingzhi’s voice trembled, and his whole body trembled. The wildebeest neighed, taking a step to turn around, and retreated quickly. The pig demon let out a roar, immediately turned around, and ran back quickly.
The giant ape seemed to have spotted them, slapping his chest and roaring constantly. The sound was like thunder, making the trees shake and sway. Immediately afterward, the giant ape stepped forward and rushed over.
“Boom! Boom! Boom!” The surrounding trees were uprooted and flew everywhere. The ground was upheaved layer by layer, which made the rubbles soared. Everything seemed like a doomsday.
“Can’t … can’t escape!” When he saw the approaching giant ape, Ning Mingzhi’s heart sank into hell, sweating coldly. He quickly took out the scroll in his hand and spread it out in his palm. After that, he closed his eyes and started to chant.
“Listen, Sariputra, this Body itself is Emptiness, and Emptiness itself is this Body. This Body is not other than Emptiness, and Emptiness is not other than this Body. The same is true of Feelings, Perceptions, Mental Formations, and Consciousness ….”(1)
His voice turned into a series of scriptures which fluttered straight into the ears of the giant ape. The giant ape froze, hugged his head, fell to the ground while it roared again and again. Its body is shrinking rapidly.
After a few breaths, it turned into a monkey, and its eyes looked clean with a red shine in them. The eyes were clear and pure, just like a newborn baby, full of curiosity about the whole world.
“Squeak …” The monkey ran to Ning Mingzhi, jumped up, and hugged his head tightly. It looked as if it was hugging its mother, very dependent. Ning Mingzhi retracted the painting scroll and slowly wiped off the cold sweat. He hugged the monkey and said, “From today, you will be called Little Monkey!”
“Squeak …” The monkey scratched his head and ears then nodded. “Okay, now follow me to see Young Master, let’s go!” Ning Mingzhi yelled softly, and the wildebeest stepped forward and walked forward. The pig demon hid directly behind the wildebeest, shivering. It looked at the monkey from time to time, and his eyes were full of fear.
After half a day, Ning Mingzhi stood outside the Great Demon Mountain Range. He glanced around, frowned, and thought deeply, “Where does Young Master live?”
At this time, a “Zheng” sound of the guqin sounded for a while. The voice turned softly, and it was very comfortable to be heard by the human ear.
Ning Mingzhi stood there, motionless, listening quietly. The three demons around him also followed him, listening carefully. When the sound of the guqin was finished, the remnant sound lingered.
A while passed before Ning Mingzhi opened his eyes. He looked at the mountain ahead, his eyes gleaming brightly. “Young Master, thank you! You know that I’m here, and you deliberately played the guqin to lead me, thank you! Little Monkey, Little Pig, Little Horse, go!”
Along the mountain path, a man and three demons quickly went up.
“Rumeng, not bad, you made a big progress!” Sun Hao looked at Huang Rumeng and nodded slightly.
“Young Master, you have taught well, so Rumeng can reach this level!” Huang Rumeng said.
Hearing this, Sun Hao felt comfortable all over. This girl can really talk. She was kind to him, served tea, poured water, washed and cooked … she treats him as a master, and every time she wanted to help, she will find excuses to drive him away. Maybe the previous life was too sad, so God gave him such a good wife in this life.
“Rumeng, you wait for me, wait until I gain the supreme physique, I will cultivate hard, and I will surpass you! From then on, I will be the one to protect you!” Sun Hao muttered, clenching his fists secretly.
“Young Master, the water in this pool is very cold. Today is so hot, why don’t we swim together?” Huang Rumeng drew his hands towards the Jade Lake pool and said with a smile.
“Swimming?” Sun Hao’s eyes beamed. It’s really a good exercise. However, if they didn’t have swimsuits, wouldn’t they have to swim naked? Could he bear it? No, absolutely not! Calm down! I am a mortal. In case Rumeng couldn’t control her strength, maybe he would break with a loud crack.
Henceforth … thinking about that made people sweat.
“Rumeng, wait for me to knit two swimsuits!” Sun Hao said.
“Swimsuit?” Huang Rumeng looked puzzled.
“That’s the clothes for swimming.”
“You need to wear clothes for swimming? That’s very troublesome! Young Master, come on, let’s swim together!” Huang Rumeng stepped forward, gently pulling Sun Hao with her soft boneless-like hands.
The fragrant breeze entered Sun Hao’s nose. The face that can topple a nation was blushing(2). This was okay! He did not care! Worst came to worst, he’d just broke! He possesses supreme medical skills, and if he drank some medicine and recuperated for a period of time, he should be able to recover!
Sun Hao’s eyes were blurred, and he unconsciously followed Huang Rumeng to the side of Jade Lake. Soon, the two came to the pool. Looking at the sparkling water of the Jade Lake, his eyes glow brightly.
“Young Master, let me help you undress!” At this point, Huang Rumeng blushed to the root of her ears, she did not dare to look at Sun Hao’s eyes.
“En!” Sun Hao nodded when Huang Rumeng was about to undress him …
“Is Young Master home?” was heard from outside the courtyard at that time.
- I’m too lazy, please let me copy the scripture’s translation. Source: https://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/letters/thich-nhat-hanh-new-heart-sutra-translation/
- Femme fatale; so beautiful she can bring doom to a nation.
T/N: Sorry it took a long time, the second half of this chapter just made me lose motivation to translate.
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