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When man has a virtuous thought, Heaven will grant him support. (Chapter 87) -Wu Cheng’en

Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West

Wu Cheng’en’s The Journey to the West is a loosely-based account of the pilgrimage Xuanzang, a monk who traveled westward from China to India in search of Buddhist scriptures.

RICHARD HARDESTY, Adjunct Professor of History, American Studies, and Sports Studies at Anne Arundel Community College,

1592 CE

The story begins by focusing on Sun Wukong, the “monkey king,” and how he gains tremendous powers through years of spiritual development. In the process, however, Sun Wukong angered the supreme deity, Buddha, and is banished to Earth. Next, the story centered on Tang Sanzang. He is greatly dismayed by the greed and the immorality that exists in the “land of the South”; so much so, he goes on a long journey to the West with Sun Wukong and two other protectors – Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing. This long journey is filled with many trials and great suffering; however, each member achieve enlightenment as they learn the benefits of working together.

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