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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New 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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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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