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  • Posted July 1, 2013

    This is an excellent version of the Monkey King. It is good star

    This is an excellent version of the Monkey King. It is good starting point from which to read longer versions. It is also good for children. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

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    This is a story about a monkey who was born from a magic boulder,that was bathed in the energies of Earth and Heaven, quickened by the light of the Sun and Moon. He became known as the Monkey King when he wandered into the midst of other monkeys and found them a safe home in a cave behing a waterfall. The monkeys made him their king, which is the highest honor they could bestow on him. It was on the Monkey King's four hundred birthday that he sat complaining that he had reached the the heights of greatness. 'What is left to hope and strive for he asked?' The Monkey King was told that above them are Gods, who dwell in Heaven and Earth. Then there are Immortals, who have gained great powers and live forever. Finally there are Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, who have conquered illusion and escaped rebirth. That infomation was enough for the Monkey King to set off on his own course of action. To become not just a God or Immortal, but to become a Buddhas. He wanted it all. Nothing would stop him until he could attained what he wanted. Even though the Monkey King studied hard he would always manage to get himself into trouble time and time again. At the end of this book we find the Monkey King pinned between stone walls. His head and arms are out, but the rest of his body was hopelessly trapped. What kind of trouble did the Monkey King get into to find himself trapped? Was it his faith to be pinned between stone walls forever? I can only say you must read this book for yourself to find the answers. Monkey, is the most popular figure in all Chinese literature, loved for centuries by both young and old. Even in todays world Monkey is still cherished. What a wonderful way to expose and broaden the minds of our young and old. To be transported to another place and time. To experience stories that have lasted for centuries. Sandra Heptinstall, LA

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