Hello friends, please gather in. I will be performing a special song. If you listen closely you will know, the story I am about to tell is called the “Koi Nymph.”
Changsha is a nice place, and it is there that this story takes place by the Siangbin Pond. There is a spectacular koi in this pond, which has been through several centuries of training and transformation.
The koi has beeen training in the water to become a celestial being up in the sky and is even capable of morphing to take on the looks of others, as well as changing into various sizes.
Now we will go to the Tang Monk, who has received an order to go and obtain some Buddhist sutras. He is accompanied by his three disciples on the journey. When he reached this place, he suddenly stops, “Oh my, my stomach is suddenly tossing and turning.” He quickly turns to one of his disciples.
“Come over here, my disciple,” he asks Sun Wu-Kong (The Monkey King) to listen closely. (“Hey, here I come!”) “Please help me. Your master, I, need to use the latrine.”
(“I see! I see!”) Wu-Kong quickly turns to look for a place and sees a spot that is covered and with hardly anyone around. “Master, how about right here?”
(Ok, this spot is pretty good. Ha! My disciple sure is so clever.) I praise my smart disciple for his wit. The spot even has two rocks for me to prop up my feet. There are also things around for me to cover up. I can just take a leak into the pond; this is perfect!
I swiftly take care of business. I am feeling good and everything is fine. I called out to my disciple. (“Hey, Master, how may I help you?”) “Listen up, we are in a rush for time. Let’s get going and stop sitting around.” (“Ok, ok, let’s go!”)
I tell my disciples to hurry and get going. “Listen to me, this journey is a long one, and we must hurry and don't dilly dally.” (“Yes, I know, Master. Follow me and we shall get going!”) Amitābha Buddha, ha, ha, ha!