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The Dhammapada by Anonymous

The Dhammapada (edition 1973)

by Anonymous, Juan Mascaro (Translator)

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Title:The Dhammapada
Other authors:Juan Mascaro (Translator)
Info:Penguin Classics (1973), Paperback, 96 pages
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Over the summer I've collected Penguin's Little Black Classics, a collection of 80 little booklets from all parts of world literature. Now, I'm reading them in a random order.

This booklet contains 'Captivating aphorisms illustrating the Buddhist dhamma, or moral system. '

I must admit that I read and rated it purely based on reading it as a piece of literature, rather than spiritual. And, to be quite frank, it was not an easy read. It was not even a nice read. The aphorisms (at least the ones collected) are often almost the same and just stated slightly different, or one is stating it positively and another one negatively. This made it so far my least favourite of the Little Black Classics even though I thought it was interesting to read something for a change that I perhaps wouldn't have picked up on my own. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
This was only the 2nd of these that annoyed / disgusted / bored me so much I was just unable to finish
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
This is a golden nugget of a book - a tiny paperback containing tons of wisdom. Dhammapada (Dhamma in Pali, Dharma in Sanskrit - both meaning the Truth), the 423 aphorisms of the way of the Buddha, the Perfect Path, is translated from Pali language. The Introduction by Juan Mascaro, covering one third of the tiny book, is in itself a wonderful interpretation of what is to follow. A must book on one's bedside table. ( )
2 vote Clara53 | Nov 7, 2015 |
Great translation and very readable. ( )
1 vote David.Cooper | Oct 5, 2013 |
A collection of 423 Buddhist maxims from roughly 2300 years ago meant to help those on the “Path to Perfection”, or Nirvana. Dhamma is the Pali word for Dharma, the moral and spiritual laws of the Universe, and Pada are footsteps, thus the “Path to Perfection”.

On one level the messages are a simple and practical guide to being a better person, one who loves and does not hate, and one who helps and does not hurt. On a higher level the messages are a guide to a higher plane where the ego is lost and one is enlightened. While the book gets a little repetitive, it’s more enlightened from my perspective than many other religions and philosophies from the time, or to this day.

On desire:
[369] Empty the boat of your life, O man: when empty it will swiftly sail. When empty of passions and harmful desires you are bound for the land of Nirvana.

On evil, and perhaps karma, or perhaps one’s conscience:
[127] Neither in the sky, nor deep in the ocean, nor in a mountain-cave, nor anywhere, can a man be free from the evil he has done.

On hate and love:
[5] For hate is not conquered by hate: hate is conquered by love. This is a law eternal.

[223] Overcome anger by peacefulness: overcome evil by good. Overcome the mean by generosity; and the man who lies by truth.

On knowing oneself:
[252] It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see one’s own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.

On peace and communion:
[49] As the bee takes the essence of the flower and flies away without destroying its beauty and perfume, so let the sage wander in this life.

On solitude, these are actually a bit sad:
[61] If on the great journey of life a man cannot find one who is better or at least as good as himself, let him joyfully travel alone: a fool cannot help him on his journey.

[88] Let the wise man leave his home life and go into a life of freedom. In solitude that few enjoy, let him find his joy supreme: free from possessions, free from desires, and free from whatever may darken his mind.

On tranquility:
[81] Even as a great rock is not shaken by the wind, the wise man is not shaken by praise or blame.

And this one referring to the wise man; I like the imagery:
[95] He is calm like the earth that endures; he is steady like a column that is firm; he is pure like a lake that is clear…

On virtue:
[163] It is easy to do what is wrong, to do what is bad for oneself; but very difficult to do what is right, to do what is good for oneself. ( )
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Lal, P.Translatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"The Dhammapada" is a collection of aphorisms that illustrate the moral teachings of Buddha - the spiritual path to the supreme Truth. Probably compiled in the third century BCE, the verses are arranged according to theme, covering ideas such as self-possession, good and evil, watchfulness and endurance. Together they describe how an individual can attain the enlightenment of Nirvana, the supreme goal of Buddhism. The road to Nirvana, as illustrated in "The Dhammapada", is narrow and difficult to negotiate, but the reward of eternal life gives hope and determination to the traveller.

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Translation of one of the most popular texts in the Buddhist canon. Collection of verses regarded as the utterances of Buddha.

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