The Still Point Dhammapada: Living the Buddha's Essential Teachings

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The Dhammapada is much loved by Buddhist practitioners as a simple and straightforward rendition of some of Buddha's core teachings, and is read daily by thousands of people. While there are many translations available, few have an inclusive – and lyrical – sensibility. In studying various versions of this sacred text, Larkin noted many discrepancies and embarked upon an entirely original translation. Each instalment gets tested at the Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple in Detroit, a remarkable Zen centre in the ...

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Overview

The Dhammapada is much loved by Buddhist practitioners as a simple and straightforward rendition of some of Buddha's core teachings, and is read daily by thousands of people. While there are many translations available, few have an inclusive – and lyrical – sensibility. In studying various versions of this sacred text, Larkin noted many discrepancies and embarked upon an entirely original translation. Each instalment gets tested at the Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple in Detroit, a remarkable Zen centre in the heart of one of the roughest neighbourhoods in the country.

This small gift hardcover will have the appeal of the Thomas Byrom/Ram Dass edition, but will be made even more accessible with each chapter's introduction containing a powerful contemporary anecdote from the Still Point Temple community. This 'Downtown Dhammapada' will appeal not only to Buddhists, but to those who also appreciate beautifully rendered sacred texts as simply good reading.

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Editorial Reviews

Lama Surya Das
"...a gift that will keep on giving…[I] recommend it as an excellent companion for spiritual study and practice."
Stephen Levine
"Larkin has most wonderfully added her own insight and deepening experience to a new rendering...of the Dhammapada."
Spirituality and Health Magazine
"Check out Larkin’s Motor City Zen, and behind it all, you’ll see the wisdom of the Buddha."
-Lama Surya Das
“...a gift that will keep on giving…[I] recommend it as an excellent companion for spiritual study and practice.”
-Stephen Levine
“Larkin has most wonderfully added her own insight and deepening experience to a new rendering...of the Dhammapada.”
Yoga Journal
“This rendering ...is clean, contemporary, and, with the addition of her effective teaching stories, as real as it gets.”
Spirituality and Health magazine
“Check out Larkin’s Motor City Zen, and behind it all, you’ll see the wisdom of the Buddha.”
Spirituality & Health magazine
“Check out Larkin’s Motor City Zen, and behind it all, you’ll see the wisdom of the Buddha.”
Yoga Journal
“This rendering ...is clean, contemporary, and, with the addition of her effective teaching stories, as real as it gets.”
Spirituality and Health magazine
“Check out Larkin’s Motor City Zen, and behind it all, you’ll see the wisdom of the Buddha.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060513702
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/25/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Geri Larkin gave up a successful career as a management consultant to become a Buddhist teacher. A practicing Buddhist since 1988, she completed seminary and was ordained in 1995. Four years later, she decided to start a Zen meditation center in the heart of inner-city Detroit. She is the author of Stumbling Toward Enlightenment, Building a Business the Buddhist Way, Tap Dancing in Zen, First You Shave Your Head, and The Still Point Dhammapada.

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Table of Contents

Thank-yous xi
Introduction xiii
1. The Twin Verses 1
"Are You Nuts?" 6
2. Heedfulness 10
Shine One Corner 13
3. The Mind 16
Boot Camp for Buddhists 19
4. Flowers 23
Buddhas Blooming 26
5. The Fool 30
Crazy Wisdom 34
6. The Wise 37
Being Upright 41
7. The Worthy 45
A Cat Named Ferlinghetti 48
8. The Thousands 51
Eating the Blame, 1 55
9. Evil 59
Only Do Good 62
10. Cruelty 67
Becoming Goodness 70
11. Old Age 73
Staying Upright 76
12. Self 80
Collages 83
13. The World 87
Regarding Just This 90
14. Buddha 94
Mr. Kung Buddha 98
15. Happiness 102
"Letting Go" Practice 105
16. Transient Pleasures 109
Mojo 112
17. Anger 115
Eating the Blame, 2 119
18. Impurity 122
A Rose Is a Rose 127
19. The Just 130
Dharma Olympics 134
20. The Path 138
Happy Birthday, Buddhas 142
21. Miscellaneous 145
Mudslinging in Dharmaland 149
22. Realms of Woe 155
Four Kinds of Misfortune 159
23. The Elephant 163
Jack the Duck and the Bodhisattva of Compassion 167
24. Craving 170
The Middle Way 178
25. The Monk 182
Lovingkindness 188
26. The Noble One 192
The Next Buddha? 201
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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    Extremely worth reading

    Highly recommend it! Easy to understand, yet very thought provoking. She has a very down to earth way of communicating the philosophy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2011

    Good Translation, Good Examples for Each Section

    Geri Larkin worked hard to bring us this more contemporary translation to the Dhammapada. The translation itself is easy to read and understand, and is underscored by real stories from Geri's time at the Still Point temple. Each of the stories is very human, and I've found myself rereading them several times when I'm having problems practicing from day to day. This is the translation that I would give to anyone who legitimately wanted an introduction to the Buddha's words; there's little room for misunderstanding in what Geri has to say.

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