Chapter 775: Meeting Da Kong Zen Master Again
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
“Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp…” Zhu Yi repeated this name silently. When Shi Xingyun mentioned the Eternal Night Demonic Stele earlier, Zhu Yi had already thought of the Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp in his mind.
The Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp was a Buddhist treasure from the Antiquity Age. Its power concept also originated from the Forever-Bright Tathagata Mantra. During the Middle Ages, it landed in the hands of Zhi Guang Zen Master and became a magic treasure that he brought around with him.
Although the Zhi Guang Zen Master used the Amoghasiddhi Mantra to cultivate the Golden Form of Buddha, he also had a deep understanding of the Forever-Bright Tathagata Mantra. As he commanded the Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp, he achieved a good connection with the magic treasure and both parties supplemented each other.
After Lin Feng gave the Eternal Night Demonic Stele to Zhu Yi, Zhu Yi cultivated it. To further increase his efficiency in commanding this magic treasure and unleash its full powers, Zhu Yi did not only comprehend the way concept within. He also tried to understand the background of the magic treasure.
During the Middle Ages, the original owner of the Eternal Night Demonic Stele was the Thousand Night Demonic Elder. Although both he and the Zhi Guang Zen Master were complete opposites in their path of cultivation, the both of them shared a close personal relationship. During the start of the Middle Ages when the demonic arts and the righteous arts were still not completely at loggerheads, the both of them interacted quite frequently.
Their magic treasures, the Eternal Night Demonic Stele and the Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp, became good ‘friends’. Both of these magic treasures, which were in the metaplasia realm, shared a rather good relationship.
It was only when the Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp went missing and the Zhi Guang Zen Master perish during the War Between the Two Worlds did the relationship between both magic treasures terminate.
After the Zhi Guang Zen Master passed away, the Thousand Night Demonic Elder once brought the Eternal Night Demonic Stele to find the Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp. But he did not have any clues and nothing came out from the search.
But he never expected that this treasure was lost on the Yingzhou Celestial Mountain.
Zhu Yi looked at Shi Xingyun, “How did she know this?”
He summoned the Eternal Night Demonic Stele. The original soul of the stele converted into a light projection of a middle-aged man in black. After hearing Zhu Yi’s description, the original soul of the Eternal Night Demonic Stele, which was called Eternal Night, seemed to be a little agitated.
Eternal Night did not rush to reply. Rather, it sensed the surroundings quietly and expanded its powers. Rings and rings of black ripples spread out.
After a while, Eternal Night said in a deep voice, “Bodhi Soul indeed appeared here before!”
“The spiritual power of the celestial mountain is too immense and has disrupted my sensitivity. I can’t determine its actual location, but it’s somewhere around here.”
After receiving an affirmative response, Zhu Yi nodded his head. He said to Shi Xingyun, “If you have the sincerity to work together, let’s start now.”
Shi Xingyun replied, “I only want the Hornless Dragon Spirit. To me, as I step foot on the Yingzhou Celestial Mountain, the mountain is naturally the most important target. But the Hornless Dragon Spirit is the more realistic option.”
The two of them met at the junction before they left together on the other path. Indeed, it was another dark corridor.
Zhu Yi turned his head to look at Shi Xingyun. He wondered what the Hornless Dragon Spirit was and why Shi Xingyun placed so much attention on finding it.
Zhu Yi had never heard of this so-called Hornless Dragon Spirit before. He did not know what it was used for or whether it was dangerous.
What he was more curious about was that even if Shi Xingyun was transformed from a dragon soul, how was she able to restore the powers of the Blood River Prince to such a state in the illusory realm previously?
From what Zhu Yi observed, Shi Xingyun had never cultivated any Blood River spells or any abhijnas from the Blood River Sect.
Besides being unable to replicate the Tao fruit of the Blood River Prince, who was in the Immortal Soul Third Level, she was practically a duplicate of the Blood River Prince.
But this was normal. For Da Kong Zen Master who revealed the Pure Land of Industry, that was the true abnormality.
From Shi Xingyun’s understanding of the way of the Heavens and Earth and control of the soul as she commanded the Blood River Prince Starlight Avatar, she must have had at least be in the Immortal Soul Stage in order to do so.
Just like how Prince Jingfang was able to control the Starlight Avatar of the Golden Crow Grand Sage.
Zhu Yi was not arrogant, neither was he too modest. Besides Xiao Yan and a few fellow disciples of his, there were not many people in the Nascent Soul Stage who could so.
Especially since Shi Xingyun was transformed from a dragon soul. In her previous life, she was a Demonic Saint, and could not have been so adept in understanding the essence of the cultivation of an Immortal Soul Third Level cultivator. More accurately speaking, if she tapped on the powers of her previous life, the difficulty would be even higher.
The abnormality in this area was what left Zhu Yi extremely suspicious.
But he did not say much. After all, everyone had their own secrets.
“It’s nearby!” Eternal Night was jolted alive and he turned his attention towards the deep end of the corridor.
Zhu Yi and Shi Xingyun looked at one another. They quickly burst forward. But not far after they advanced, they soon slowed down.
Eternal Night also felt ominous at the same time, “It’s indeed Bodhi Soul. But there’s someone else too!”
And at almost the same time, the other party seemed to be notified of their presence. Zhu Yi and Shi Xingyun only moved a little, but they were quick,
In the dark corridor, a bright and pure radiance was shone. As Zhu Yi and Shi Xingyun got closer to the radiance, they saw an ancient lamp in front of them. There was only a wick on the lamp stand in front of them. The top of the wick shone not with a small flame, but an extremely pure radiance.
Just by scanning it, Zhu Yi could feel a forever-bright radiance, which contained the miraculous concept of perfect nature.
Right now, the Virtuous Zen Master of the Celestial Sect of Wonders cultivated the complete version of the Forever-Bright Tathagata Mantra. Besides the foundational sutras – the Supreme Light Mantra and the Three Thousand Illumination Spell – the core outline of the Amitabha Sutra was also complete.
Under the approval of the Virtuous Zen Master, Zhu Yi once studied the complete version of the Forever-Bright Tathagata Mantra. Although he did not cultivate it properly, his understanding of this brilliant mantra was not inferior to that of many descendant disciples of the Great Thunderclap Temple.
In the white radiance, the figure of a white, mystical dragon could be seen. It was very small, as if it was only a streak of light. In space, it kept on swimming, but it did not cross the core boundary of the radiance.
“This is the Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp, and that mystical dragon is the Hornless Dragon Spirit that Shi Xingyun wants…” Zhu Yi turned to look at a middle-aged monk standing beside the treasure lamp. He was Da Kong Zen Master.
Da Kong Zen Master was conversing with the original soul of the Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp right now. He was attempting to cultivate and retrieve this magic treasure.
Although he looked tranquil, his gaze was dimmer than it seemed before he ascended the Yingzhou Celestial Mountain.
After the starry illusory realm was inflicted with heavy damages, even Da Kong Zen Master’s vital energy was hugely damaged.
He relied on the sarira of Zhi Guang Zen Master to find the Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp, but it was not convenient for him to forcefully cultivate the lamp. He could only interact with it slowly. But who knew that Zhu Yi and Shi Xingyun would find him.
Although he was hurt in the hands of Zhu Yi and Shi Xingyun, Da Kong Zen Master was not psychologically affected. Even as he was injured, he was still in control of his own state of mind.
But an ominous feeling rose in his heart. His desire to obtain the Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp seemed set to bring him more problems.
As Eternal Night saw the Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp, he opened his mouth and said, “Bodhi Soul, long time no see. I can’t believe that you were lost on the Yingzhou Celestial Mountain.”
The Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp resonated with a peaceful voice, “Apologies for making myself a laughing stock in front of you, old friend.”
The Eternal Night Demonic Stele and Zhu Yi had a telepathic connection. They said to the Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp instantly, “Bodhi Soul, although this Da Kong Zen Master has Zhi Guang Zen Master’s sarira, he is a rogue monk that has betrayed his elders and ancestors. I believe that you can sense it too, that he has cultivated Zhi Guang Zen Master’s sarira!”
Bodhi Soul was silent and the spiritual light above the wick shook for a moment. Because he discovered this point, he did not allow Da Kong Zen Master to cultivate the lamp.
Da Kong Zen Master recited a Buddhist chant and smiled, “Buddha is only in one’s heart. If one has Buddha in his mind, he can become Buddha too. ”
“My cultivation may still be low, but I know that a peaceful state of mind will allow one’s cultivation to progress on the right path. Although the elders have all passed on, they did not leave behind things for their successors to worship. It’s just that our generation of people worship our elders to seek a peace of mind.”
“But to our ancestors, as a person passes on, it’s just another cycle of life. The belongings of the past no longer matter anymore.”
“Inheriting the Buddhist teachings of Buddha and passing them on to the others is the best way of worshipping our ancestors. It’s not the physical things that they leave behind that count.”
Zhu Yi said indifferently, “You are indeed very glib. But there’s something I don’t understand. Don’t tell me that from your perspective, destroying the Great Thunderclap Temple is your way of passing on the legacy of Buddha?”
The light from the Forever-Bright Bodhi Heart Lamp flickered and the voice of Bodhi Soul sounded, “Is that real?”
Eternal Night said in a low voice, “Bodhi Soul, you have been trapped on Yingzhou Celestial Mountain for countless years, but you don’t know that the Greater World has already changed greatly. The Great Thunderclap Temple has been destroyed many years ago!”
“The destruction of the temple is linked to him. He was the one who allied with the troops who targeted the Great Thunderclap Temple.”
Bodhi Soul was shocked, “How can this be? The Great Thunderclap Temple has the protection of Mount Meru, how could he have been destroyed so easily?”
Da Kong Zen Master listened to the accusation by the Eternal Night Demonic Stele quietly and did not deny them. Rather, he said honestly, “Till this day, I don’t regret what I did. Elder Fangzhang and the rest started to ascend the wrong path and they betrayed the teachings of Buddha. This caused the Great Thunderclap Temple’s reputation to be tarnished.
“All of you say that I annihilate Buddhism, but from what many of my comrades and I think, it’s a rebirth for Buddhism!”
He looked at the Forever-Bright Bodhi Lamp calmly, “I believe that the Zhi Guang Zen Master thinks the same way if he’s still alive!”
“Elder Bodhi Soul, if you want to know what happened truly, I suggest that you leave with me. After that, I can tell you everything. Right now, it’s not very convenient.”