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Rewriting the Buddha
     

Rewriting the Buddha

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by Susan Brassfield Cogan
 

So I told myself the Dhammapada is one of the oldest books of Buddhist thought. I should read it. What I wanted was a nice simple readable version that I could dip into. The Dhammapada isn’t something you read straight through like a novel. It’s basically a collection of aphorisms, little short sayings, like a box of really, really good fortune cookies.

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So I told myself the Dhammapada is one of the oldest books of Buddhist thought. I should read it. What I wanted was a nice simple readable version that I could dip into. The Dhammapada isn’t something you read straight through like a novel. It’s basically a collection of aphorisms, little short sayings, like a box of really, really good fortune cookies.

I quickly discovered that most translations are completely unreadable, some more than others. A few of the more modern ones attempt to clarify the language—I don’t think I’m the first person to notice the readability problem. However, I may be the first person that noticed the problem who was a writer and not a translator.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940033241347
Publisher:
Susan Brassfield Cogan
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
345,235
File size:
159 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Cogan is a full time writer and occasionally amuses herself as a graphic designer. She writes things that she enjoys and she enjoys quite a lot. She has been at various times a nurse’s aid, a belly dancer, an actress, a journalist, and a radio shock jock. Her career is long, varied, colorful, often exaggerated and occasionally untrue. Cogan is the author of many novels: Black Jade Dragon, Dragon Sword, Dragon Rising, The Button Man, The Last Gift, Heart of the Tengeri, Murder on the Waterfront and The Man Who Needed Killing. Her nonfiction works include: Hands of the Buddha, The Buddha’s Three Jewels, and The Pocket Darwin. She has also written numerous award winning short stories.

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Rewriting The Buddha 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes me want to read her entire re-version
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
breezy, easy to read and very informative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this wonderful essay I realized that the Dhammapada is not attached. Too bad. It sounds great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago