Faithful to Buddha, Faithful to You — Chapter 1 and 2

If you haven’t already, please read the Introduction post first before reading ch.1.

Chapter 1: My experiment

11828587_1036685816381970_8607732767188195542_nI sit there stupefied as I take in the endless sand dunes around me. Farther away, a few wandering camels can be spotted, but before I can come closer, they have run away. They are even smarter than domesticated camels. I have been dragging my feet along for hours, my eyes continuously searching, and by now I am exhausted. Without a GPS device, without a sense of direction, to keep walking on like this is pointless. Read More »

Faithful to Buddha, Faithful to You — Introduction

Original Title: 不负如来不负卿 (Bù fù rúlái bu fù qīng)19300001305436131148040366911
Title Translation: Faithful to Buddha, Faithful to You* (see the end for notes)
Author: 小春 Xiao Chun
Genres: Chinese historical fiction, time travel, romance
Length: 2 volumes – 100 chapters
Publication year: 2007
Ratings: PG to 18+ depending on the chapter

Summary:
Beyond the earthly realm were Buddha and the Dharma. In the earthly realm were feelings of love. Camel bells rang the song of the West, about a love story that journeyed along the Silk Road over a thousand years ago…Read More »

Faithful to Buddha, Faithful to You — Translation Approach

This novel is split into two books with 100 chapters, layered with heavy historical context and Buddhist philosophy. I may be mad, but not mad enough to think I can tackle translating them all with accuracy. I am not even translating from the original language. Given that I still have school/part-time job/internship going on in my life, I also don’t have the time to even attempt such a task.

Alas, here is the approach I am taking with translating this novel:Read More »