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西遊記   By: (1500-1582)

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"Journey to the West" by Cheng'en Wu is a classic Chinese novel that tells the fantastical and adventurous story of the monk Tripitaka and his three companions – the Monkey King, Pigsy, and Sandy – as they journey to India to obtain sacred Buddhist scriptures.

I was immediately drawn into the story by the colorful characters and vivid descriptions of the mythical creatures and challenging obstacles they face along the way. The Monkey King, in particular, stood out to me with his mischievous and clever personality, adding humor and excitement to the narrative.

The novel is not only an entertaining adventure but also carries deeper philosophical and moral themes, exploring the ideas of redemption, perseverance, and the importance of spiritual enlightenment. The journey itself serves as a metaphor for the trials and tribulations one must overcome to achieve spiritual awakening.

Overall, "Journey to the West" is a captivating and imaginative tale that is sure to enchant readers of all ages. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys epic adventures, folklore, and Eastern literature.

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第一回 靈根育孕源流出 心性修持大道生

  詩曰:     混沌未分天地亂,茫茫渺渺無人見。     自從盤古破鴻濛,開闢從茲清濁辨。     覆載群生仰至仁,發明萬物皆成善。     欲知造化會元功,須看西遊釋厄傳。

蓋聞天地之數,有十二萬九千六百歲為一元。將一元分為十二會,乃子、丑、寅 、卯、辰、巳、午、未、申、酉、戌、亥之十二支也。每會該一萬八百歲。且就 一日而論:子時得陽氣,而丑則雞鳴﹔寅不通光,而卯則日出﹔辰時食後,而巳 則挨排﹔日午天中,... Continue reading book >>

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