Tripitaka: Monkey, how far is it to the Western Heaven, the abode of Buddha?

Wu kong: You can walk from the time of your youth till the time you grow old, and after that, till you become young again; and even after going through such a cycle a thousand times, you may still find it difficult to reach the place where you want to go. But when you perceive, by the resoluteness of your will, the Buddha nature in all things, and when every one of your thoughts goes back to that fountain in your memory, that will be the time you arrive at Spirit Mountain.

The Journey to the West /Kim Stanley Robinson – The Years of Rice and Salt/

Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha.

The Heart Sutra