By Jack Kornfield, Gil Fronsdal

The Dhammapada is the main greatly learn Buddhist scripture in life, loved by means of either Buddhists and non-Buddhists. This vintage textual content of educating verses from the earliest interval of Buddhism in India conveys the philosophical and useful foundations of the Buddhist culture. The textual content offers specific ambitions for prime a religious existence: the 1st is reaching happiness during this existence (or in destiny lives); the second one target is the success of religious liberation, freedom, absolute peace. the various key subject matters of the verses are awarded in dichotomies or pairs, for instance, grief and agony as opposed to pleasure; constructing the brain rather than being negligent approximately one's psychological angle and behavior; virtuous motion as opposed to misconduct; and being fair as opposed to being deceitful. the aim of those contrasts is, very easily, to explain the adaptation among what ends up in fascinating results and what does not.

For centuries, this article has been studied in its unique Pali, the canonical language of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. This clean new translation from perception Mediation instructor and Pail translator Gil Fronsdal is either hugely readable and scholarly authoritative. With large explanatory notes, this version combines a rigorous cognizance to element in bringing forth the unique textual content with the translator's own wisdom of the Buddhist course. it's the first really actual and hugely readable translation of this article to be released in English.

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2. a hundred and forty. 353. MN 1. 171; Vin. 1. eight. Cf. Sn. 211 and SN 2. 284. 361. SN 1. seventy three. 362. Thag. 981. 363. Cf. Sn. 850 and Thag. 2 (Kotthitia the Great); Jāt. 2. 350. 364. It. 86; Thag. 1032 (Ven. Ānanda). 367. Sn. 950; cf. Sn. 861. 368. Cf. Thag. eleven (Ven. Gavaccha the fewer) and 521 (Ven. Bhūta). 370. SN 1. three; Thag. 15 (Ven. Kunda-Dhāna) and 633 (Ven. Sona Kolivisa). 374. Cf. Thag. 23 (Ven. Gosāla). 379. Cf. Thag. 637 (Ven. Sona Kolivisa). 381. Thag. eleven (Ven. Gavaccha the Less). 382. MN 2. 104 (Ven. Angulimāla); Thag. 873 (Ven. Angulimāla); cf. Thag. 203. 383. SN 1. forty nine (deva Tāyana). 387. SN 2. 284; cf. SN 1. 15. 388. Cf. Ud. 1. four. 394. Jāt. 1. 481. 396–423. Sn. 620–47. 398. Cf. SN 1. sixteen and 1. sixty three. 406. SN 1. 236 (the god Sakka); Sn. 630. 414. Cf. AN four. 290. 421. Cf. Thag. 537 (Ven. Ekavihāriya). 423. Cf. MN 2. one hundred forty four; SN 1. 167; AN 1. a hundred sixty five; It. ninety nine. Dhammapada verses that experience parallels in non-Buddhist Indian literature are stated within the following resources: Davids, Caroline A. F. Rhys. Dhammapada: Verses on Dhamma and Khuddaka-patha, within the Minor Anthologies of the Pali Canon, half 1. Oxford: The Pāli textual content Society, 1931. Rau, Walter. “Berkmerkungen und nicht-buddhistische Sanskrit-Parallelen zum Pāli-Dhammapada,” in Jñānnamukt ā vali. Commemoration quantity in Honour of Johannes Nobel, at the celebration of His seventieth Birthday provided via students and co-workers. New Delhi: overseas Academy of Indian tradition, 1959, pp. 159–75. Bollée, Willem B. opposite Index of the Dhammapada, Suttanipāta, Thera- and Therīgāthā Pādas with Parallels from the Ā yāranga, Sūyagada, Uttarajjhāyā, Dasaveyāliya and Isibhāsiyāim. Studien zur Indologie und Iranistik eight. Reinbek: Inge Wezler, 1983. Hinüber, Oskar von, and okay. R. Norman, ed. Dhammapada. Oxford: Pāli textual content Society, 1994. sign in to profit extra approximately our books and obtain precise bargains from Shambhala courses. Or stopover at us on-line to enroll at shambhala. com/eshambhala.

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