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The Dhammapada

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The Dhammapada (Pāli; Prakrit: धम्मपद Dhammapada; Sanskrit: धर्मपद Dharmapada) is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures. The original version of the Dhammapada is in the Khuddaka Nikaya, a division of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism.
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Paperback, 114 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Parallax Press (first published -500)
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Mar 29, 2007 tighe added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Very reflective and wholesome moral truths for living, quite a fresh read in the world of inconsequential candy reads. While one might not agree with every Buddhist principle for living, as I myself don't, the general truths that you pick up and contemplate throughout the day are hard to escape. Easy and quick, yet full of substance and worthy of review time and again.
It's mostly just an assortment of platitudes.


Ch. VI, 78.

>>"Let one not associate
With low persons, bad friends.
But let one associate
With noble persons, worthy friends."

Ch. VIII, stanza 100.

>>"Though a thousand the the statements,
With words of no avail,
Better is a single word of welfare,
Having heard which, one is pacified."

Ch. XXI, stanza 290.

>>"If by sacrificing a limited pleasure
An extensive pleasure one would see,
Let the wise one beholding extensive pleasure,...more
Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
A wide-ranging and systematic sampling of Buddhist teachings, particularly in Theravada Buddhism, coming as it does from the Khuddaka Nikaya of the Pali Canon (see the external links section for valuable resources, including the Access to Insight collection of translated material). Highly economical and eminently accessible, these verses are indispensible in addressing the myriad misapprehensions and misrepresentations of concepts like karma, detachment, emptiness, et al. often made in casual la...more
Thou shalt not live combined with no soup for you. I feel compelled to say more inane things, but restraint is foremost in my mind after reading the Dhammapada. It gets a low rating because I didn't learn anything new.

My favourite verses:

#50: One should not have regard for the bad deeds of others, nor the things done and left undone by others, but only for the things done and left undone by oneself.

#204: He who does not exert himself at the time of exertion, who though young and strong has com...more
I really appreciate the accuracy of S. Radhakrishnan's translations. His translation of the Upanishads is excellent as is his translation of the Gita. This particular volume is an excellent rendition of the Dhammapada. As a philosopher, he wrote a lengthy introduction to the doctrines of Therevada Buddhism. He also deals with some of the problems related to the historical Buddha.

This volume also provides not just an accurate translation, but also the transliterated Pali text. It is helpful for...more
Roxana Saberi
Just reread this. Little and big gems of wisdom throughout.
Nashwa Nasreldeen
مش حابة اقيمة بس هو يستحق القراءة
To read forever.
Arun Divakar
There are books to be read and books to be comprehended. The second class is like learning to ride a bike : you climb on it to fall down & you keep repeating the gesture until at least shakily you can move forth a few feet unaided. What is contained in this book while at a first read is absurdly simple in its spartan-ness is a very difficult set of guidelines to live with.

The inspiration to know more about the Buddha was an unlikely source, a little trinket I bought. It was a resemblance of...more
After some anonymous person on the internet tried to school me on what "karma" is, and ended up telling me "sorry for your ignorance, go read a book," I realized that I hadn't read The Dhammapada this year.

I purposefully sought out a different translation than the one I own a copy of, and found a translation by "various Oriental scholars" edited by F. Max Muller. I still prefer the Byrom translation, although there are things in this translation that really came through for me.

Favorite passages:...more
This is a book that requires some preparation before reading and concentration while reading to absorb its message, and is a work to revisit again and again. As Ram Dass writes in the foreword: "Read them slowly . . . a phrase at a time." Why? Because "These words come to you from purity; for them to touch you they must be received in purity. These words come out of divine simplicity; to liberate you they must be heard in simplicity. These words come from the soul; to feed that in you which thir...more
Interesting to read from a Christian/Western perspective. As an amateur reading his first Buddhist text, this is fairly interesting. I've heard it said that Eastern thought is basically asking the same questions that pre-Socratic Greek thinkers were asking, but is lacking a Plato or a Christ to give answers to those questions. I didn't see anything in this text that disproved that claim, but this is also pretty short and only representative of one Eastern tradition.

These seem to be some of the...more
May 01, 2013 Roumissette rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beginners and Advanced Spiritualists :)
Recommended to Roumissette by: a friend
Definitely a good read - the translation is really pure, and the message of the Buddha feels very powerful and inspiring, and still applicable to today's world. I really appreciate this book, and find a lot of inspiration from reading a chapter or even a certain passage.

The Dhammapada talks a lot about mastering the mind - but one thing against it, is that though it describes beautifully what is and what is not a truly concentrated mind, it does not tell me how to reach such a state, nor does it...more
Rachel Cotterill
This is one of the world's most influential philosophical texts, and lies at the heart of Buddhism, so it's not surprising that it was an interesting read with plenty to think about. The translation is quite old (hence being freely available online) and it isn't always perfectly clear. There are some ambiguities of language, for example in several places reaching Nirvana is defined as being above good and evil (amongst other things), and yet requiring the avoidance of evil (and sin) to achieve i...more
Jul 07, 2008 Meen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those seeking a good first experience with Buddhist scripture.
I chose this version of The Dhammapada b/c of the excellent reviews Glenn Wallis' translation and exegesis received. I was not disappointed. This is an excellent introduction to Buddhist scripture!
There is always room for compassion.
This translation of the Dhammapada is wonderfully lyrical and easy to read. I've found that sometimes reading English language Buddhist books can become a little routine- many are long on exegesis and short on poetry or memorable stories. A nice antidote is to switch up your reading by finding direct translations of important Buddhist sources. The problem, of course, is that the quality of translations varies widely, and a bad translation with no explanation can be difficult to read. That isn't...more
Nov 04, 2008 Warun rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: every buddhest
Recommended to Warun by: I had to read it for a class
this was a spiritually fulfilling helped me understand the life of the Buddha and the reasoning behind his actions and spiritual life decisions.Siddhartha is the son of a Brahmin's sun who ventures of because he wanted to live the life of samana who are wondering monks who live their life with our possessions and try to find eternal peace.he romeos the earth and ends up running into this man they called the Buddha ,which means enlightened one .he has lived for centuries and will finally...more
"We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world."

I had not heard of the Dhammapada until my friend Legdup pulled out a worn copy from the inside of his wallet. "It's always with me," he said.

I fell in love with that particular translation, because others seem clunky. "All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts" just doesn't do it for me.

I sought out this translation, and wh...more
"For hate is not conquered by hate: hate is conquered by love. That is a law eternal." (5, 35)

"If on the great journey of life a man cannot find one who is better or at least as good as himself, let him joyfully travel alone..." (61, 44)

"How can there be laughter, how can there be pleasure when the whole world is burning? ... " (146, 56)

"Do not do what is evil. Do what is good. Keep your mind pure. This is the teaching of Buddha." (183, 62)

"Yellow leaves hang on your tree of life. The messengers...more
Janie Cakes
This is a book filled with Buddhist quotes, and only quotes. These quotes are meant to inspire, and to teach a person morals. Some of these quotes were religiously biased, and some quotes were too repetitive. Pretty much, you'd have the same quote for a whole page, or up to 2 pages
"'He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me' -- in those who harbor such thoughts hatred will never cease."
"'He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me' -- in those who do not harbor suc...more
David Withun
The Dhammapada, a collection of sayings of the Buddha, is certainly a book filled with wisdom from a very wise man. It was great to read it and, as a Christian, to be able to appreciate his insights into human nature and into the nature of reality. Buddhist spirituality has always deeply impressed me and I was certainly not disappointed by reading this book. Easwaran's notes are generally very helpful, though his constant need to compare Christianity and Christ, neither of which he seems to unde...more
" لن تقتلعَ الريحُ ، الجبلَ.
لن يلمُسَ مَن كان قوياً ،
يَقِظاً ، وحَـيِـيّــاً
لن يلمُسَ مَنْ يتحكّمُ بالنفسِ ، ويَتَّبِعُ الدرب. "

" لِنَعِشْ فرِحينَ ، لانكرهُ مَنْ يكرهوننــا.
وبينَ مَن يكرهوننــا ، نعيشُ أحراراً من الكُرْهِ . "

" إن لقي أحمقُ ، امرءا حكيما، طيلة حياة
فلن يدرك الحقيـــقة
تماما ، كما لا تدرك الملعقة طعــم الحساء "

" أبصــر العالم فقاعة .
أبصـــره ســـرابا .
من رأى العالم هــكذا
خَفِيَ ، فلن يراه ملك الموت . "

" أفرغ القــارب ، أيها الســائل .
إن أنت أفرغـــته ، إنطلق سريعا ....more
Steve Woods
This is the primary text of the Buddhas teachings. A good translation with a very thorough introduction by the author that taught me a lot I didn't know. The texts can often be a bit meaning less for westerners who have no context within which to place them This one is pretty profound, I use it by simply reading one chapter everyday, it helps keep me pointed in the right direction and it's great to have enough familiarity to be able to source the teachings of others on the path whose books I rea...more
Taymara Jagmohan
This book is divided into sections of stringent teachings.

I didn't like this section called the rod.

Look at how it is situated:

'Everybody fears being struck by a rod.
Everybody fears death.
Therefore, knowing this, feeling for others as for yourself,
Do not kill others or cause others to kill,'


Coming from it, emerged one line I loved:

"Avoid harsh speech. Angry words backfire upon the speaker." :-)

I think I see clearly along these lines:
"Those who do not find their way to a higher life,
Or who f...more
Kally Sheng
The Dhammapada, A Collection of Verses Being One of the Canonical Books of the Buddhists, Translated from Pali by F. Max Muller:
From: The Sacred Books of the East Translated by Various Oriental Scholars Edited by F. Max Muller Volume X Part I [Note: The introduction, notes and index have been omitted.]

Chapter I. The Twin-Verses
Chapter II. On Earnestness
Chapter III. Thought
Chapter IV. Flowers
Chapter V. The Fool
Chapter VI. The Wise Man (Pandita)
It turns out that Buddhism is a close relative of Hinduism, and having read The Gita and The Upanishads was a great lead into The Dhammapada. So I had that going for me. I was surprised at how different the translations are for this book, but I kind of preferred the poetic version of E. Easwaran.

Okay, there is one thing that I didn't like about this book, and other things I really enjoyed. The part I didn't like was in chapter 20 "The Path" stanza 274 where it says, "This is the path; there is...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
Very good edition. The text is beautiful. The message is good. This is the kind of thing that can be read and reread throughout your lifetime and will bring different meanings at different places in your life. I got a copy at the library. I will be looking for a personal copy to keep for my own. So beautiful. I really appreciated the accompanying notes.
Bad Tim
this is a nice little edition. easy to carry around, but the print is still easy to read even when the lighting is not ideal.

i've found that i enjoy the hindu texts better than other eastern texts i've read, because they haven't been stripped down to the one-horse show of non-attachment.
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