Dhammapada: Annotated & Explained

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Ancient words of the Buddha ("awakened one") that can become a companion for your own spiritual journey.

The Dhammapada ("Path of the Buddha's Teachings") is a daily inspiration for millions of Buddhists all over the world and for people of all spiritual traditions who have been impressed by its beauty and power. These words—believed to have been spoken by the Buddha himself over 2,500 years ago—contain most of Buddhism's central teachings.

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Overview

Ancient words of the Buddha ("awakened one") that can become a companion for your own spiritual journey.

The Dhammapada ("Path of the Buddha's Teachings") is a daily inspiration for millions of Buddhists all over the world and for people of all spiritual traditions who have been impressed by its beauty and power. These words—believed to have been spoken by the Buddha himself over 2,500 years ago—contain most of Buddhism's central teachings.

Originally composed in the ancient language of Pali, this timeless text concisely and inspirationally portrays the route a person travels as he or she advances toward enlightenment. With poetic sequence and rhythm, the Dhammapadadescribes the fundamental role of mental conditioning in making us who we are. It paints contrasting portraits of three levels of our human existence—the fool, the wise one, and the enlightened one—and addresses specific aspects of experience, conduct, and belief that characterize our transformation from one of these modes of being to another.

Now you can experience the Dhammapada with understanding even if you have no previous knowledge of Buddhism. This SkyLight Illuminations edition offers insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that explains references and philosophical terms, shares the inspiring interpretations of famous spiritual teachers, and gives you deeper insight into the text.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
SkyLight Paths has republished and augmented a classic translation of one of Buddhism's core texts, the Dhammapada, supposed to have been uttered by the Buddha himself. Muller's plain and graceful translation has been lightly amended by Zen student and author Maguire, who provides well-informed and helpful notes. This book offers a welcome reintroduction to the Buddha's teaching: "Hatred ceases by love." Highly recommended. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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"The pith of Buddha's teachings are herein wondrously and excellently presented."
Joan Halifax Roshi, Head Teacher, Upaya Zen Center

“Provides access to the wisdom of the text in a way that invites further exploration of one’s own transformation.”
Kay Lindahl, founder of The Listening Center and author of The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice

“The words of the Buddha become fresh and alive in this wonderful edition. Wisdom shines through, ready for application in daily life.”
Ani Konchog Drolma, head of monastic training at Gampo Abbey

“A friendly introduction to a sacred text at the heart of Buddhist teaching.”
Marcia Z. Nelson, author of Come and Sit: A Week Inside Meditation Centers

“These verses can be read and appreciated simply as wise philosophy; as such, they are part of the great literature of the world. But for those who would follow it to the end, the Dhammapada is a sure guide to nothing less than the highest goal life can offer: self-realization.”
Eknath Easwaran

“The verses, along with well-placed guiding annotations, will be inspiring to young people exploring the Buddhist path.”
Sumi Loundon, editor of Blue Jean Buddha: Voices of Young Buddhists

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893361423
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Series: SkyLight Illuminations Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Harvey is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Son of Man. His memoir A Journey in Ladakh was praised as "one of the best books available on the Western experience of Tibetan spiritual life." His just-published memoir Sun at Midnight was praised by Deepak Chopra, who said, "for those who have gone through the dark night of the soul and for those seeking a genuine understanding of spirituality, this is a very inspiring story." Harvey is also the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Born in India, he was the youngest person ever awarded a fellowship to All Souls College, Oxford. He has devoted the past thirty years of his life to study and experiencing the world's spiritual traditions and is widely recognized as one of our greatest communicators of mysticism and contemplative living today.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments and Dedication
About the Dhammapada
1 The Twin Verses 3
2 Vigilance 9
3 The Mind 13
4 Flowers 17
5 The Fool 21
6 The Wise One 27
7 The Enlightened One 31
8 Better than a Thousand 35
9 Evil 39
10 Punishment 43
11 Old Age 47
12 Self 51
13 The World 55
14 The Buddha 59
15 Happiness 63
16 Pleasure 67
17 Anger 71
18 Impurity 75
19 The Just 81
20 The Way 85
21 Miscellany 91
22 The Downward Course 95
23 The Elephant 99
24 Thirst 103
25 The Monk 111
26 The Brahman 117
Sources and Suggested Readings 126
List of Special Terms 128
About SkyLight Paths 130
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