The Monk That Wanted To Renounce Asceticism

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In the rural northeastern mountainous regions stands a tiny Buddhist temple, named One Finger Temple. It isn’t a large one but it is extremely miraculous.

The temple has rice that emanates an aromatic fragrance.

The temple has sweet and refreshing water that rivals ambrosia.

The temple has Buddhas that grant wishes to the sincere.

The temple isn’t large but it has everything. The temple isn’t large but it has flourishing incense offerings that far exceed all temples. The temple isn’t large but it attracts both citizens and foreigners that line up overnight…

The temple has a bald but handsome monk. Every day, he would bawl, “I want to renounce asceticism! I want to marry a chick that’s not too pretty, have a cute baby, and lead a stable life!”

This book is a casual novel that introduces various Chinese traditional customs, as well as Buddhist ones. It strives to be a positive book, allowing people to reflect on how they should live their lives and treat others.

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老衲要还俗
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pjrc8899
pjrc8899 rated it
October 17, 2018
Status: c86
Fun and somewhat original cultivation slice of life.

The characters are well rounded, which is surprising given that they come and go like impromptu visits. The MC has a little complexity (not much yet). He can be likeable and seem to be evolving to some degree.

The descriptions are a little above the average that webnovels have accustomed us. Unfortunately, this gives no bragging rights given the webnovels standard. [Edit chap 86: nope, they are on the average standard : (] And the author show the tendency to waste most if... more>> not the whole of some chapters to enlighten the reader about the details and history of Buddhism. He tries to not make it boring, but it nonetheless feels as expository writing, especially given the length of the paragraphs. Fortunately it is not done often.

In term of the plot, the system decides everything. So it is better to think of this story as a 'slice of life' and not expect too much of it at this time. On the other hand, I must say that the restrictions, imposed by the system on the MC, create some balance and interest/potential to the story.

As for the low rating, it is not too unexpected, since this is from qidian and some people rate automatically without even reading a line...
However I do believe that some of them are genuine. This novel is on a niche of its own. One example would be because of differences in opinions on religion which could be a deserving reason for a low rating. In particular as a consequence of certain behaviors and words by specifics characters in early chapters.
Also one must not forget that not every body likes a MC that do not kill every thing that stumble in its path.

All in all and at this time, I personally like this story very much. Principally because of its humor and also its rhythm and vibe (as mentioned by @1life4death in its review). For this reason I will give it a 5. Let's hope that it continues in the same way.

Edit chap 86:

Good things cannot last for long... I have to drop the rating by one star, from 5 to 4.

I just passed trough an arc with a goal that seemed big for the future of the MC. But for the readers, who were just waiting for a simple slapstick, it felt more like endless filler where most of the humor was too forced. Right when the arc ended, the goods 'vibes' began again.

The author really failed that part. Here is to hoping that he learned from his mistakes for the followup chapters... <<less
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1life4death
1life4death rated it
October 10, 2018
Status: c24
First off I want to say, don't get turn around by the amount of red you see for the novel.

The novel itself, is very entertaining. The plot is interesting and honestly, it hook me as soon as I start reading. This is just base on my own preference, but I don't see many Chinese novels with this type of vibe or slice of life mood. The closest thing that I can really compare this novel to is I'm Really a Superstar, which is quite refreshing. It gives me the same... more>> vibe as that novel does. But instead of stardom and trying to be a celebrity, it focus on Buddhism.

I would mention though, that this novel may not be for everyone. Due to how new it is, we don't know how its going to develop so it may rub people the wrong way later on. Primarily with how they plan to take the religious aspect of this novel. And even then, some might find it boring or other reasons. But overall, I do recommend you trying it and see how you feel about it. With how current the novel is, if you don't enjoy it... can very easily drop it without much commitment. <<less
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SeanBrown
SeanBrown rated it
October 8, 2018
Status: c20
So far so good. Although devoid of action (according to the translator), the many Buddhist verses fill you with a strange sense of serenity. The MC's two-faced dialogues including his street punk-like inner self and his serene outward self which would show no surprise even if the earth shattered or the sky collapsed the very next moment are quite fun to read. Definitely recommend you guys to try this out!
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Zyst
Zyst rated it
November 19, 2018
Status: c142
The novel's concept is really interesting, I really tried hard to like this novel but the author's writing is not particularly good, and the story pace is slow as hell, I do mean random crappy interactions taking 15 chapters or so.

At that point I honestly didn't feel like the world was being fleshed out by the interactions, I was just annoyed. Recently I found myself speed reading the chapters to try to get to where the stuff would actually happen, and I realized if I'm desperately trying to skip ahead... more>> to get a grain of plot progression maybe I shouldn't be reading this at all. So I won't anymore.

Again, it's a shame, the setting is interesting, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. <<less
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iLikeOpMCS
iLikeOpMCS rated it
October 12, 2018
Status: c31
How are there so many bad reviews? This is so good, entertaining as hell. (I'm kind of lazy to bother discussing the good points, but give it a read, it's a refreshing read compared to the countless xianxia novels out there.) Don't be put off by the reviews.
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jabatin
jabatin rated it
October 15, 2018
Status: --
I don't understand why there are so many of the lowest reviews given that the novel is quite new, but in my opinion this novel is quite refreshing to read.

Admittedly the introduction of a system was pretty sudden and not even something of what I was expecting for this novel, but it keeps it lightheartedness with its slice of life feeling with the occasional minor non-violent xiaxia facesmack. Since there isn't too many chapters out I can't really say whether or not there will be much of a plot at... more>> the moment but if I had to compare it to other novels, I'd say its pretty similar to Gourmet of Another World (except cooking/restaurant = buddhism/donations). <<less
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Seregosa
Seregosa rated it
May 8, 2019
Status: c245
I honestly found this novel to be a bit interesting in the start. It wasn't anything anything special, it was slow, the MC was so-so and the system wasn't that good, but it had some decent humor here and there and the setting was fresh. It's also nice to see a modern day chinese novel that doesn't glorify china too much and doesn't sh*t on every other country. I really liked some parts of it (like the animals, the supernatural aspect with some somewhat cool powers, some slightly interesting information,... more>> guarantee of no romance etc), while I found some to be quite disagreeable.

The biggest issue here is actually that as chapters went on, I gradually realized that this novel was truly starting to feel more and more bland... The things that are happening just aren't interesting, not even a little. There were some great moments along the way, like the forced pregnancies (you'll get why it was awesome if you read it), the first few times he talked to animals etc, but nowadays it's just dull. Even the things that are supposed to be funny just doesn't even make me smile, much less laugh. There are a lot of moments when the gags are forced despite being impossible or parts where it doesn't fit in at all and thus isn't funny. There's a lot of forced drama and unnecessary parts, especially spending entire chapters on copy-pasted wikipedia information or 10-15+ chapters on minor events that doesn't matter because the peanut gallery is going crazy and nothing is happening. Typical issue when what's most important is word count.

From the title and an earlier description, I kind of expected that this would be a novel about a perverse or twisted monk that wanted to renounce asceticism to live life. That turns out to be false. This should be renamed to "the slightly reluctant monk's daily life", because that's pretty much exactly what it is. It turned out to be hardly relevant as it's just a slice of life novel with some slight comedic undertones and a lot of overdone drama and "life lessons" that doesn't make sense, although I do think it's good if chinese people reads this because it might make them think about how to treat others.

It's just so damn boring. Nothing is happening. He just spends every single chapter (almost) on his mountain or at most going down to the village which is never described much anyway, he just meets someone and then he's back to his little temple/monastery. His everyday life is just chanting scriptures, cleaning the temple/monastery, playing with his phone a little (usually a chat program which he doesn't really participate in, he tends to send a message and close it) and greeting people that might come to pray. Nothing else, unless it's in an arc where he leaves or something is actually happening, which is usually drama resulting in the author's own "life lessons" that he feels everyone should follow.

Honestly, it couldn't possibly be much more boring than this. I'm sure not many people would love to read about info dumps of half-assed buddhism, about the author's beliefs and "life lessons, about how the guy just sits down in the temple and cleans it or searches for vegetables to eat. I don't even know what people see in this. which explains the low score, because people truly see nothing in this. It's, excuse my wording, garbage. Top tier trash. It was just funny a few times before screwing up. The most slow and uninteresting story I've read in quite a while.

We kind of expected him to be a bit more adamant about renouncing ascetism, but he truly doesn't really care. His life goals are just like the story, ridiculously uninteresting. He wants, from the very start, a quiet and peaceful life with an average (at best) wife and some kids, nothing else. He just happily goes about reaching enlightenment as a buddhist because of the initial reason that he can renounce it once he becomes a buddha, but at that time I kind of think it's pretty much impossible to do so or he wouldn't want to... He has no desires except for eating, but all he eats is some rice with water and sometimes some wild vegetables. He also steals a squirrel's nuts for sh*ts and giggles, although he does feed said squirrel with more expensive stuff so I guess it's not really a big deal. It's incredibly fascinating how the author managed to turn the animals into boring good-for-nothing moochers, the cool wolf turned into a domesticated puppy, the squirrel became a fat ball with no interest except for eating, the monkey tries to copy the MC and it's not funny.

The crux of the matter is that nothing at all is happening and it has no redeeming qualities. The MC is unlikable, the rest of the cast is uninteresting, the system is weird and forced, the stuff about buddhist power doesn't really matter, the characters and drama couldn't be more insipid, the life lessons are obvious things or disagreeable bullsh*t, the filler and word count fluff is staggering.

It's repetitive, it's bland and it's not funny, resulting in me dropping it after seeing that it was going nowhere even after giving it many chapters to redeem itself, thinking that it might just be a bad arc or two, but it turns out that this is just how the author wants it to be, easy to write and about nothing. At least I had a few laughs during the earlier chapters but clearly there won't be more in the future, and if there are... Well, it's not worth spending hour upon hour trudging through a subpar novel with nothing even remotely exciting or fascinating going on. I wanted to rate this 1/5 but realized that a 2/5 is probably more fair because I did enjoy a few laughs and made it through a notable amount of chapters before being annoyed and bored to the point of dropping it. Maybe I should've gone for 1/5 anyway because people are abusing the rating system and votes a 5/5 despite clearly disliking or hating parts of the novel as long as they like it a little bit. This would've had a lower score without early raters and these score abusers. Sigh. <<less
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Little Big House
Little Big House
December 4, 2018
Status: --
No idea why people ranked it as 1. It's a refreshing novel.

It is really enjoyable, no bloody conflict but still some cunning people and some misunderstandings.

The translation is good enough and the story is interesting. It's a bit like Library of Heaven's Path.
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Ventia
Ventia rated it
May 15, 2019
Status: c467
I really like this novel so far. Though there's not a lot of action in it, it brings a lot of warmth to my heart when I read about the acts of kindness people do. The MC may not be the best character in the world but he's a lot better than other characters that think they can do whatever they like just because they have cheats and systems helping them out even though he's obsessed with money, but for a good reason considering he's a penniless monk and all.... more>> I hope to read more and give a second opinion about the story later when more chapters come out. <<less
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thisworldofmine1
thisworldofmine1 rated it
April 3, 2019
Status: c369
It's an OP MC as always, but here's a twist: He's a monk! He can't have a harem! Woohoo! Eh, it's more like it's funny seeing the MC in despair. He has insanely good luck and it leads to having people revering him. I haven't gotten to the end yet, but I wonder if he'll become Budah or abandon it to have a wife and some children...
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