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The Dhammapada

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Other authors: Sangharakshita (Translator)

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There is wisdom here hidden in verse form and covered over with years of translation. After decoding it is a great insight into Goatama Buddha, ( )
  jefware | Jun 10, 2018 |
This is a lovely translation, but the word choices lean towards the Christan mind set. ( )
  booklove1 | May 31, 2018 |
This is a slim volume of Buddhist teachings- only a page or two per topic. It ranges from Anger, to Old Age. The wisdom presented is easily understood, but difficult to master. Regardless of what you believe, or religion you follow, there will be something for you to ponder on. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Dec 31, 2017 |
I doubt I have anything original to say about The Dhammapada, but I'll offer my tuppence-worth anyway.

Its message is a deceptively simple one, in essence "be kind, be mindful". In that, as the editor of my edition, Juan Mascaró, says, it has a commonality with the essence of every major world religion. I guess the differences between religions are mainly in the particular cultural presentation of universal truths (and, perhaps, the lengths to which we go to justify deviating from the clearly marked path).

The passages in the Dhammapada which particularly resonated for me on this reading were those that chime with the person-centred worldview based on the psychological theory of Carl R. Rogers. So, for example, chapters one and two (Contrary Ways and Watchfulness) had meaning for me in respect of Rogers' quality of Congruence: the awareness of the flow of thought and feeling in ourselves and how they arise and are more or less distorted through the lens of past experience and psychological defensiveness. Other chapters speak to me of the process of personality change and the movement from rigid, pre-defined views of the world, to a more fluid, in-the-moment 'way of being' (to borrow the title of one of Rogers' books). There are, for me, other correspondences (though I wouldn't go so far as to say there are exact matches throughout) which I won't elaborate on, but which added to the richness of my reading this time around.

I find it fascinating that a secular, science-based approach to understanding the nature of being human can arrive at some very similar conclusions to those underlying our oldest religious traditions. This is why, as an atheist, I'm still interested in religion. It's part of who we are and the tendency towards religious ways of experiencing is likely to continue unabated as a part of us.

I'm not personally inclined towards a belief in godhead, but the numinous feeling of universal oneness which I have sometimes (rarely) felt speaks to me of the deep relatedness which, at our best, we can recognise for each other as persons of intrinsic worth, regardless of any other perceived differences. ( )
  Michael.Rimmer | Feb 20, 2017 |
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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 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Anonymousprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lal, P.Translatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
SangharakshitaTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Babbit, IrvingTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Babbitt, IrvingTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Byrom, Thomassecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cleary, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eknath, EaswaranTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Juan MascaróTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mascaró, JuanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Müller, Friedrich MaxTranslatorsecondary 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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Easwaran's introduction to the Dhammapada gives an overview of the Buddha's teachings that is reliable, penetrating, and clear--accessible for readers new to Buddhism, but also with fresh insights and practical applications for readers familiar with this text.--Cover, p. [4].… (more)

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