I am a disciple of Buddha Sakyamuni who was banished from the heavenly paradise for the crime of slighting the Buddha Law. I was sent to the human world and forced to spend ten lifetimes practising self-cultivation in order to atone for my sins.
In my tenth lifetime, now during the Tang Dynasty, I reincarnated as a monk named Xuan Zang . The emperor wished for me to travel west and bring holy Mahayana Buddhist scriptures back to China. After being inspired by a vision from the Bodhisattva Guanyin, I accepted this mission and set off on the sacred quest.