The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations

The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations

Jack Kornfield, Gil Fronsdal


The Dhammapada is the main commonly learn Buddhist scripture in lifestyles, loved via 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 provides precise pursuits for prime a religious lifestyles: the 1st is reaching happiness during this existence (or in destiny lives); the second one objective is the fulfillment of religious liberation, freedom, absolute peace. a few of the key topics of the verses are offered in dichotomies or pairs, for instance, grief and agony as opposed to pleasure; constructing the brain rather than being negligent approximately one's psychological perspective and behavior; virtuous motion as opposed to misconduct; and being honest as opposed to being deceitful. the aim of those contrasts is, very easily, to explain the adaptation among what results 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 wide explanatory notes, this version combines a rigorous awareness to element in bringing forth the unique textual content with the translator's own wisdom of the Buddhist course. it's the first really exact and hugely readable translation of this article to be released in English.

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