Tripitaka Journey to the West (also known as Monkey King) is a well-known classical Chinese novel that describes the adventures of a famous Chinese monk, Tripitaka (also known as Xuan Zang or Tang San Zang, 602 – 664 A.D.) and his three disciples (Monkey King, Pigsy, and Sandy) on their way to India, the birthplace of Buddhism, to obtain the Buddhist scriptures. The story symbolizes the cultivation process of a cultivator, and each character and event in the myth is a metaphor that represents an idea in cultivation. http://www.pureinsight.org/pi/index.php?news=2082