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
This volume also provides not just an accurate translation, but also the transliterated Pali text. It is helpful for...more
The inspiration to know more about the Buddha was an unlikely source, a little trinket I bought. It was a resemblance of...more
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.
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
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
"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
"'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
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
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
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)
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
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.
Gautama is the primary figure in Buddhism, and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarized after his death and memorized by his followers. Various collections of...more
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