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John Ross Carter , Mahinda Palihawadana
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9 Oct 2008 0199555133 978-0199555130
The Dhammapada, the Pali version of one of the most popular texts of the Buddhist canon, ranks among the classics of the world's great religious literature. Like all religious texts in Pali, the Dhammapada belongs to the Therevada school of the Buddhist tradition, adherents of which are now found primarily in Kampuchea, Laos, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Dhammapada, or 'sayings of the dhamma', is taken to be a collection of the utterances of the Buddha himself. Taken together, the verses form a key body of teaching within Buddhism, a guiding voice along the struggle-laden path towards true enlightenment, or Nirvana. However, the appeal of these epithets of wisdom extends beyond its religious heritage to a general and universal spirituality. This edition provides an introduction and notes which examine the impact that the text has had within the Buddhist heritage through the centuries. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (9 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199555133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199555130
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.1 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Far surpasses any previous translation of the Dhammapada in terms of its scope and contextual accuracy. Carter and Palihawadana have not only proivde a fresh English translation of the Pali but a transliteration of the Dhammapada (which makes it eminently useful for students of Pali) and, most impressively, a translation of the exhaustive and extremely commentarial Pali Dhammapadatthakatha...This, then, is a work of wide scholarly magnitude and great philological erudition. Religious Studies Review

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
It is not easy to translate an ancient Indian language (Pali) to flowing English and retain the original meanings and senses. This is a meticulous translation and it is clear the authors have spent time and effort to try and get it right. One of the authors being Sinhalese (which is also a language close to Pali)would have better understood the meanings and senses of terms more than most Western scholars, and the joint authorship suggests a polished and balanced approach to attain near perfection.
No translation could articulate the experiential meanings behind the verses or hope to equal the ancient material, but this one gets close representing an honest attempt at a challenging goal. The English may appear somewhat academic but the work represents a thoroughly modern translation and OUP have done their homework in bestowing authorship.
The publisher is to be congratulated and this book deserves the shelf of any good library...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddhism in a nutshell 18 Oct 2007
By Greshon
All the teachings of all the introductions to Buddhism are in here, and more, but instead of academic sentences, you get memorable stansas. Its directness and conciseness make it a much more effective tool. Read together with the helpful notes, a complete novice to Buddhism would have a very good idea what it was all about from reading this text alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good despite very misleading 'review' 6 Sep 2011
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The reviews of these authors' version of the Dhammapada on Amazon have got very jumbled up.

The Amazon review provided under 'Product Information' at the beginning of the page about the short Oxford World's Classics edition is very misleading. It states:

"Carter and Palihawadana have not only proivde [sic] a fresh English translation of the Pali but a transliteration of the Dhammapada"

This is NOT true - there is no transliteration of the Pali text in that particular edition.

The fuller edition, of over 500 pages, does have a transliteration of the Pali text.

To add to the confusion, my review, which you are reading now, has been attached by Amazon to the shorter OUP edition AND the full edition with transliteration.
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