A lucid translation of the seminal work of Buddhism.
One of the oldest and most revered texts in Buddhism, The Dhammapada was compiled in the third century BC, and is newly translated here. It forms part of the oldest surviving body of Buddhist writings, the canonical texts, regarded as part of the authentic teachings of the Buddha himself-spoken by him and memorized and
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
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 think I got more out of this this time, maybe a few years really changed things. I'm not a Buddhist, not believing in reincarnation for example, but even so I got a lot of enjoyment and inspiration out of this. It's a slim volume, so it can be read quickly, but it can als ...more
واني قرأت بعض مقولات منسوبة لبوذا ..
لكن الكتاب برأيي .. سطحي او أن عنوانه كبير اوي على الكلمات اللي فيه
عن النرفانا وتطهير النفس والبعد عن الدنيا بشهواتها و زينتها ، والحكمة والاتزان والتخلص من الآلام والمعاناة .. الخ مما هو معروف عن البوذية وتعاليم الدامابادا .. لكن لم اشعر بعمق او لم أشعر أي كلمة فيه -_- وان كان بعض الكلمات ممكن تنال اعجاب اي حد يعني !
كتاب تبدأه وتخلصه وبس :'D
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 volume also provides not just an accurate translation, but also the transliterated Pali text. It is helpful for ...more
This is organized by subject matter into tiny chapters of one to three pages long: " impurity" , "self" , "happiness" and "evil" are a few examples.
Here is one overtly sexist idea I strongly oppose: "bad conduct is the taint of woman". And then there are some extremely obvious words ...more
The inspiration to know more about the Buddha was an unlikely source, a little trinket I bought. It was a resemblance of ...more
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
These seem to be some of the ...more
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
"'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
The Dhammapada is an ancient Buddhist text that is as a whole part of a larger set of scriptures. It is an interesting yet often times confusing work.
The reason being that it is designed almost entirely for Buddhist monks.
It outlines what is good and bad behavior, what to avoid and what to endeavor to be. The ideas held within create a dualistic attitude for which the end is to overcome passions and suffering and to be never reborn/ reincarnated.
It d ...more
Like any religious doctrine, you have to cherry-pick to make the most of it. Some of it plain contradicted itself and some of it just didn't appeal to me personally, but some other parts still were amazing. In particular, I have long been attracted to the notion of restraint and shedding the fetters of extreme passion, but to a more mode ...more
With just 49 pages of text, it is a quick a ...more
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