Buddhism in Practice

Watch and take notes on this linked video (https://www.learner.org/series/invitation-to-world-literature/journey-to-the-west/ )

Specifically:

What is the significance of this tale to China?

Who are the main “characters”?

Is this entirely fictional or entirely non-fiction?

What kinds of religious beliefs, practices, or cultural norms/mores are depicted in the tale? (what “lessons” are there?)

Is there any religious or cultural blending–that is, more than one religion or culture at play here?

What questions or comments do you have that you could discuss with your classmates–do you agree on things like the religious backgrounds or lessons?

Sample Solution

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