Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Handsome Monkey King, so smart

" 'Here we daily have a banquet on an immortal mountain in a blessed lad in an ancient cave on a divine continent. We are not subject to the Unicorn or the Pheonix, nore are we goverened by the rules of mankind. Such independence and comfort are immeasureable blessings. Whey, then, does he worry about the future?'

The Money King said, '(...) if we die, shall we not have lived in vain, not being able to rank forever among the Heavenly beings?'

When the monkey's heard this, they all covered their faces and wept mournfully, each one troubled by his own impermanence."

---excerpt from The Money and the Monk: an Abridgment of the Journey to the West
translated & edited by Anthony C. Yu.


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