The Dhammapada (Arkana S.)

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The Dhammapada (Arkana S.)

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"The Dhammapada" is to Buddhism what the Sermon on the Mount is to Christianity: a simply summary of its teachings, expressed with harmony and simplicity. Probably gathered from Buddha's direct disciples who wished to preserve his wisdom, "The Dhammapada" is comprised of vivid, practical verse in the oral tradition of the 6th century BC. Translated as "the path of truth", "The Dhammapada" sets out the route taken by the path, which can be followed by anyone on a quest for the higher good. The first step on the path is thought. If we can think in a way that leads us to act in accordance with the teachings of Buddha, we can begin to shape our lives and experiences in a positive, fulfilling way. This, says "The Dhammapada", is the first step towards self-reliance.

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According to Eknath Easwaran, if all of the Buddhist sutras had been lost except the Dhammapada, it alone would be enough for readers to understand and appreciate the wisdom of the Buddha. Easwaran's version of the Dhammapada goes a long way toward proving this. In a lengthy introduction, Easwaran summarizes the life of the Buddha and the main tenets of his thought, including key concepts such as dharma, karma, and nirvana. The language of the Dhammapada is as lucid and flowing as the Psalms or the Sermon on the Mount, and this is why it is one of the most loved and remembered of all Buddhist sutras. Its subject matter, succinctly, is about training the mind, which leads to kind thoughts and deeds, which bring peace and freedom from suffering. If you are interested in reading one of the gems of Buddhist literature, this is a good place to start; and if you are looking for a great version of this beloved scripture, you can't do better. Like all great world scripture, the verses here reward rereading and reflection, prompting you to "strive for wisdom always." --Brian Bruya

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The Buddha spoke to people of all classes and professions, using vivid metaphors which are just as illuminating today as they were when he first spoke them 2,500 years ago. The Dhammapada is one of the most representative collections of these teachings. Its short, lucid verses contain some of the Buddha's most immediate and approachable instructions on how to meditate and lead a more compassionate and fulfilling life.

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