The Dhammapada

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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 compiled for oral transmission shortly after his death. The verses in The Dhammapada encompass the struggle ...

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Overview

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 compiled for oral transmission shortly after his death. The verses in The Dhammapada encompass the struggle toward Nirvana-the supreme goal for the Buddhist-and point out the narrow Path of Perfection that leads to it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140449419
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 775,506
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Roebuck is a Buddhist, practicing and teaching meditation in the Samatha tradition. She is an honorary research fellow of the University of Manchester and author of The Circle of Stars: An Introduction to Indian Astrology.

Valerie Roebuck is a Buddhist, practicing and teaching meditation in the Samatha tradition. She is an honorary research fellow of the University of Manchester and author of The Circle of Stars: An Introduction to Indian Astrology.

Valerie Roebuck is a Buddhist, practicing and teaching meditation in the Samatha tradition. She is an honorary research fellow of the University of Manchester and author of The Circle of Stars: An Introduction to Indian Astrology.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Pronunciation Guide ix

Abbreviations xiii

Introduction xiv

Bibliography lxvi

Note on the Text lxxiv

The Dhammapada

1 Twins 3

2 Awareness 7

3 The Mind 9

4 Flowers 11

5 Fools 14

6 The Wise Man 17

7 The Arahat 20

8 Thousands 22

9 Evil 25

10 The Rod 28

11 Old Age 31

12 Self 33

13 The World 35

14 The Buddha 37

15 Happiness 40

16 The Dear 42

17 Anger 44

18 Rust 47

19 The Just 51

20 The Path 54

21 Miscellaneous 57

22 Hells 60

23 The Elephant 63

24 Craving 66

25 The Monk 71

26 The Brahmin 75

Appendix I Extract from the Gandhari Dharmapada 83

Appendix II Extract from the Patna Dharmapada 89

Appendix III Extract from the Mahavastu 93

Glossary 100

Notes 113

Index of Names in Stories 227

General Index 231

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