Category Archives: Zen

The power of 孙悟空

Nice little story circulating around China for a few hundred years.

..About Sun WuKong, a immortal monkey who messes with everyone.

..okay, messes with everyone but Buddha.

..and the nice lady riding a dragon.

Well..

Right now in China, they’re spending big bucks on a massive trilogy based on just part of the books. We’re talking Lord of the Rings Abridged Edition in comparison. All with a classic costuming. Me likey.


Turns out, though, there’s also a new tv series out, as it is apparently required for all Chinese production companies to do a version of The Monkey King every few years. Who knew?

Buddhist Monkeys?

monkzen_cl
Plenty of historical context for this. The hero (or nemesis) of all distracted meditationers. Even Buddha has been said to have shown up in a monkey suit for an occasional lifetime.*

Pull the monkey’s tale to interpret the historical Zen Apes using the synapes.

By the way, you can read up on the Monkey King‘s Journey To the West. It’s epic.

*Thusly I have heard. To me, that makes the entity/person/philosopher just that much cooler. Your Dharma may vary.