osCommerce taken to the max!
  Top » Catalog » In Print » My Account  |  Cart Contents  |  Checkout   
osCMax v1.8 - Power e-commerce
Categories
Adventure (8)
Buddhism (1)
Classic (10)
Drama (2)
Erotica (6)
Fiction (10)
Folklore (17)
Free Ebooks (4)
In Print (29)
Mystery (3)
Affiliate Program
Affiliate Information
Affiliate Log In
What's New? more
The Hurricane
The Hurricane
$4.99
$3.95
Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the product you are looking for.
Advanced Search

View All Items
Information
Shipping & Returns
Privacy Notice
Conditions of Use
Contact Us
Printable Catalog
Gift Voucher FAQ
Site Map
Catalog Feed
The Journey to the West, v1 (Hardcover) $31.95 $23.96

ISBN: 1-59654-250-0

Pages: 624

Author: Wu Cheng-en (Collinson Fair edited).

About: Containing the first 50 chapters of China's best-loved work, in an edited, yet complete and wholly accurate translation for the Western reader. Volume 1 begins with Monkey's birth, his secret education in the ways of magic at the hands of the Patriarch, his dealings with the Cloud Emperor, the famous revolt in heaven, and the Great Sage's fall and punishment. Then, with a reprieve, Monkey joins the Tang Priest as his guide to India. Paired with the monster Pig and Friar Sand, the quartet embark on a quest at once dazzling and comic, with non-stop action.

Excerpt:

The Handsome Monkey King's innocent high spirits could not, of course, last three or four hundred years. One day he suddenly felt depressed during a banquet with his monkey host, and he started to weep. The startled monkeys crowded round, bowed to him and asked, “What's the matter, Your Majesty?”

“Although I'm happy now,” the Monkey King replied, “I'm worried about the future. That's what's getting me down.”

The other monkeys laughed and said, “Your Majesty is being greedy. We have parties every day; we live in a mountain paradise, in an ancient cave in a divine continent. We are spared the rule of unicorns, the domination of phoenixes, and the restraints of human kings. We are free to do just as we like—we are infinitely lucky. Why make yourself miserable worrying about the future?”

To this the Monkey King replied, “Yes, we don't have to submit to the laws and regulations of human kings, and we don't live in terror of the power of birds and beasts. But the time will come when we are old and weak, and the underworld is controlled by the King of Hell. When the time comes for us to die, we won't be able to go on living among the Blessed, and our lives will have been in vain.” All the monkeys covered their faces and wept as everyone of them thought about death.

Suddenly a gibbon jumped out from their ranks and shrieked in a piercing voice, “If Your Majesty is thinking so far ahead, this is the beginning of enlightenment. Now of the Five Creatures, there are only three that do not come under the jurisdiction of the King of Hell.”

“Do you know which they are?” asked the Monkey King.

“Yes,” the ape replied. “They are the Buddhas, the Immortals and the Sages. They are free from the Wheel of Reincarnation. They are not born and they do not die. They are as eternal as Heaven and Earth, as the mountains and the rivers.”

“Where do they live?” the Monkey King asked.

“Only in the human world,” the ape replied, “in ancient caves on magic mountains.” The Monkey King was delighted to hear this.

“I shall leave you all tomorrow,” he said, “and go down the mountain. If I have to, I'll roam the corners of the oceans and go to the edge of the sky to find these three kinds of beings and discover the secret of eternal youth that will keep us out of the clutches of the King of Hell for ever.” Goodness! Because of these words he was to learn how to be free from the Wheel of Reincarnation and become the Great Sage Equaling Heaven.

All the monkeys clapped with approval and said, “Great! Great! Tomorrow we'll climb all over the mountain and get lots of fruit to give Your Majesty a really big banquet to send you off.”

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 04 October, 2006.
Reviews
Customers who bought this product also purchased
The Journey to the West, v2 (Hardcover)
The Journey to the West, v2 (Hardcover)
Shopping Cart more
0 items
Sign in
E-mail address:


Password:


(forgotten)


Create an Account
Bestsellers
01.Selected Plays of Guan Hanqing (hardcover)
02.Selected Plays of Guan Hanqing (paperback)
03.The Romance of Three Kingdoms, v1 (Hardcover)
04.The Romance of Three Kingdoms, v2 (Hardcover)
05.Folk Tales of the West Lake
06.Kim-Van-Kieu (Hardcover)
07.The Dragon King's Daughter: Ten Tang Dynasty Stories
08.The Journey to the West, v1 (Hardcover)
09.The Journey to the West, v2 (Hardcover)
10.The Man Who Sold a Ghost
11.The Romance of Three Kingdoms, v2 (Paperback)
12.The Travels of Lao Can
Tell A Friend
 
Tell someone you know about this product.
Specials more
The Travels of Lao Can
The Travels of Lao Can
$3.95
$2.95
Languages
English
Currencies
Reviews more
Write Review
Write a review on this product!
Friends
Sacred Texts Asia
Project Gutenberg
Copyright 2006-2010 Disruptive Publishing.

 

Current Parse Time: 0.132 s with 80 queries