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The Dhammapada [Kindle Edition]

Balangoda Ananda Maitreya , Thich Nhat Hanh , Balangoda Ananda Maitreya
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For 2,500 years, The Dhammapada has been an essential Buddhist classic. Translated by Ananda Maitreya, the 100-year-old elder of Sri Lankan Buddhism.

"Let us welcome this new translation of The Dhammapada, a simple and profound jewel of the Buddha's teaching."—Jack Kornfield

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One of the earliest and most influential books of Buddhism, this work reproduced here contains all the wisdom of the Buddha.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Parallax Press (31 July 1988)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0032Z8KMA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive version 1 Jun 2006
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the definitive version of this core Buddhist text. It is clearly translated and made relevant to a modern reader. It is small enough to carry with you or leave by your bedside (which I do) to dip into or provide that final thought for the day. An excellent version of this timeless teaching.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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The translation itself is very clear and easily understood, which can make all the difference in the world, especially when dealing with a potentially difficult topic. A great version for one interested in Buddhist scripture, but has not delved too deeply into "eastern" terminology. Heck, it's even great for those who HAVE.

The Dhammapada is a Buddhist collection of teachings attributed to the Buddha himself. Truth upon truth are offered at each turn of the page. It does not present spiritual ideas in the western traditional method of "because God said so" but offers insight as to WHY such things as greed and anger are considered "bad", though it teaches that one should go beyond the notion of "good" and "bad".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This great little version of the Buddha's teachings is wonderful for traveling. It is for those readers who do not wish commentary on the meanings, but prefer to have an understandable translation they can relate to while drawing their own references. Its simplicity echoes the core wisdom of the text.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one for the collection! 27 Dec 2002
By M. Dillon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have been reading several translations of the Dhammapada recently and came across this one and found it offers some things that the others do not.
Since the original written form of the Dhammapada is in Pali, others have needed to take the time to translate it for us in the West. As in any translation, there are many words that offer multiple meanings. One person may interpret `dhukka' as `suffering', another may choose `stress', and yet another may decide `unsatisfactoriness'. As you can see, each can then be interpreted in our mind as one thing or another. By having several translations available I have been able to derive a deeper understanding.
To begin with, the size makes this translation ideal for carrying in a shirt pocket or for having on hand in the car for a little Dhamma between red lights. Another feature I enjoy is this translation is from a monk. The editor is a layperson however, after her edits she spoke with the monk and explained why she made certain changes, (to make specific words more accessible to us in the West) and he agreed with the new updates. The monastic community obviously spends more time than most laypersons studying the Pali Canon so their translations, I have found, tend to be quite meaningful. Overall, the translations offered here are meaningful and poetic.
Drawbacks? The introduction is a little shorter than other offerings and there are only a limited amount of notes. There is an interesting background to how the Dhammapada fits within the Pali Canon and the use of notes is helpful in understanding certain meanings, etc. Since the size would have been affected I'm sure this may have been one of the reasons they were not included. Again, by reading several translations you will be rewarded.
In addition to this translation I have found Cleary's translation helpful, however the notes and his comments were not. (see my review of his translation) I have also found Thanissaro Bhikkhu's translation very helpful, although it is offered as dana and as such is not available for sale. Recently I obtained S. Radhakrishnan's translation, which offers the original Pali text along with his translation, but I have not yet been able to thoroughly read through it to offer any meaningful review.
Whether you have read other versions, or if this is your very first exposure to the Dhammapada, I think you will be pleased with this translation.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A clear, spare rendering of essential Buddhist writing. 25 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This great little version of the Buddha's teachings is wonderful for traveling. It is for those readers who do not wish commentary on the meanings, but prefer to have an understandable translation they can relate to while drawing their own references. Its simplicity echoes the core wisdom of the text.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dhammapada, as translated by Venerible Maitreya into English 1 July 2001
By osh yukchan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Translations across time are very difficult. Ven. Maitreya's translation, with the aid of Rose Kramer, of the Dhammapada into modern English is a first of its kind; translating meanings more than words. This effort is near perfection. The Dhammapada is truly the most important of Buddhist manuscrips for it contains most accuratly the original teachings of Gautoma, sage of the Shakya Clan, also known as Gautoma Buddha or simply, Buddha, in reference to his understanding or enlightenment and as the historical founder of Buddhism. The practice of Dhammapada, or the path into understanding or enlightenment is simple: After reading the text through a time or two, continue a daily practice (barring hinderences) of reading one chapter one day, the following chapter the next, and so on, over and over; the depth of wisdom revealed with each concurrent reading builds, and insights revealed multiply, exposing themselves over time, layer by layer. Eventually, as understanding mounts, peace becomes a natural way in this lifetime, and the one of diligent practice is rewarded in the effort. Peace to You my Friends. osh yukchan
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read translation of an essential book of truth. 23 Jun 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The translation itself is very clear and easily understood, which can make all the difference in the world, especially when dealing with a potentially difficult topic. A great version for one interested in Buddhist scripture, but has not delved too deeply into "eastern" terminology. Heck, it's even great for those who HAVE.

The Dhammapada is a Buddhist collection of teachings attributed to the Buddha himself. Truth upon truth are offered at each turn of the page. It does not present spiritual ideas in the western traditional method of "because God said so" but offers insight as to WHY such things as greed and anger are considered "bad", though it teaches that one should go beyond the notion of "good" and "bad".
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 16 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Simple, concise, smooth and pleasant to read. I have read academic and detailed versions of the Dhammapada, and yet I feel the words in this one are enough to keep me thinking and pondering individual lines. In all teachings, it is the idea and feeling that is most paramount, and if it can be done in less words, it definitely has succeeded at its task. This little book is well worth its price, and many readings thereafter.
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