Exploring "Journey to the West"* (33)

Chuan Jiang

PureInsight | November 1, 2007

Obtaining the Real Scriptures

[PureInsight.org] The Tathagata
chose a few books of real scriptures and gave them to Tang Xuanzang.
Why didn't the Tathagata give him all the scriptures?

Human beings are too degenerate and do not deserve that. It also
explains why there is no comprehensive Buddha Fa in the human world. If
human beings want the gods' protection, they must accumulate some
mighty virtue first.

It has been said that the more important reason why human beings were
not giving the entire scriptures is that they should not be attached to
it. It has been learned that even though various gods came down to
spread the principles of Heaven and offer salvation in the past, their
real purpose was to lay a foundation for cultivation and prepare for
the real important event. The Dharma-ending Period of our present time
is of tremendous significance.

Tang Xuanzang obtained the real scriptures and wanted to return home.
However, he experienced only 80 tribulations and had one more to go.
Therefore, an Arhat was ordered to set it up. Many people were puzzled
by it. It was not perfect but was very close to it. Why is all that

Cultivation is a very serious matter.  In fact, it is the most
serious matter under the sun. Cultivation and obtaining the right fruit
are very complicated matters. Of course, everything has to be just
right in order for a human being becoming an immortal.

When a cultivator has reached consummation and become a Buddha, an
enlightened being, or an immortal, what other event in this universe
can surpass that? It is the most magnificent event in the entire cosmos!

Journey to the West is a
classic novel of Chinese mythology. The Buddhist monk Tang Xuanzang and
his three disciples went to India to obtain the Buddhist Scriptures. On
the surface, it is a novel about the adventures of a monkey with
unsurpassed supernormal capabilities battling demons of all sorts.
Underneath, it is a story about cultivation and tells the attachments
that cultivators have to overcome one by one.

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