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Published 2004 by Modern Library
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Bryce Holt
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, short set of meditations on how life should be lived from (so far as I can tell) the Buddha himself. I'd like to believe that I'm a Christian with Buddhist tendencies, but in reading this, I realize just how wayward a life I live from what would be considered 'enlightenment.' There's much to be absorbed here, but being constantly mindful and seeing the very black and white way of right and wrong this text presents? In reflection, I just feel as if I have much work to do.

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Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long-winded translator

The text is beautiful, full of meaning and truth. However, the translator's notes and personal views are over half of the text.
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This read was one hefty brain workout and the intellectual stimulation surpassed anything my earthly human brain could grasp. Love, love, love the elegant eloquence, depth, and meaningful lines in this book. I am not religious, but Buddha's teachings are less about institutionalizing the belief and rather, finding a spiritual contentment in this chaotic world that we live in. The days I spent reading this book while listening to classical guitar were some of the most peaceful, restorative m
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Basic reading for any Buddhist. Although a later addition to the Pali canon, it is compiled from some of the most foundational sayings and teachings of the Buddha, originally passed down orally.

As the editor notes at one point, some of the contents are almost painfully obvious, amounting to little more than "good things are good and bad things are bad" in some places. A Buddhist commentator from ancient times even remarked on how bland the Dhammapada seems. Yet the simplest ideas and teachings
Ulyana Kubini
The only aspect of the book which I didn't really enjoy was the layout. The book starts out with verses from Buddha on different topics of living, and gives us ways to improve ourselves. But then after the verses are finished, the author decided to explain the verses, starting from the first. This may seem like a good idea, but I got the point of the verses when I read them, and I forgot small details on what the author refers to in the second half of the book. I think that the emphasis on reaso ...more
James Carr
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
Read this while spending three days as a monk, thought it was a really great introduction to Buddha's teachings in a way that is accessible to beginners. The book is split into two parts: the verses themselves with commentary on each chapter. I especially like that the author simply shares overview notes and provides commentary on the verses by simply quoting related material from the sutras on its own rather than trying to provide his own commentary.

The author also provides a very through compi
sim tong hiang
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the translation of dhammapada that is close to the original meaning and beautiful in translated.

One of the best you can have for dhammapada translation. There is written why certain words are choosen for the particular translation.
Pramod Pant
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a magnificent book !

Glenn Wallis has done a really good work on translation and even better explanatory part.

I found reading this alongside the translation by Valerie Roebuck. Brings greater clarity where translation specific nuances are involved.
Lovely translation.
Pam Strachan
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My son bought me this book for Christmas and I return to it again and again. I have now bought it for many Buddhist friends. A wonderful book.
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