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The Dhammapada: Teachings of the Buddha - Book and Audio-CD Set [Audiobook] [Hardcover]

Gil Fronsdal
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1 Dec 2008
The Dhammapada is the most widely studied Buddhist scripture, enjoyed for centuries by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. This classic text of teaching verses conveys the philosophical and practical foundations of the Buddhist tradition. The text presents two distinct goals: the first is attaining happiness in this life (or in future lives); the second is the achievement of spiritual liberation, lasting freedom, absolute peace.

For centuries, this text has been studied in its original Pali, the canonical language of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. In Pali, Dhamma means truth, law, discipline. Pada means path, step, foot. Thus, this popular teaching text describes how to walk the path of truth. With extensive explanatory notes, this edition combines a rigorous attention to detail in bringing forth the original text with Gil Fronsdal's personal knowledge of the Buddhist path. It is the first translation of this text to be published in English that is both truly accurate and enjoyable to read.

This unabridged book-and-CD edition, read by renowned Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield, offers a new way to encounter the beauty and power of these ancient teachings.

Includes 2 CDs.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; Slp Har/Co edition (1 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590306414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590306413
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Audio version of an Excellent Translation 7 Feb 2010
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The Dhammapada is one of the most widely read Buddhist texts in the West and is probably one of the most frequently translated. It is often considered, along with works like the Baghavad Gita and the Tao Te Ching to be a classic of world religious literature and as such, of interest to many who would not consider themselves Buddhist.

This version, by Gil Fronsdal, who has trained within both the Soto Zen and the insight meditation tradition of Theravada Buddhism for many years and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from Stanford, is my translation of choice.

The highly respected translator of Buddhist texts Carl Bielefeldt, of Stanford University, (who is thus qualified to comment on the quality of this translation) has said "A fine new translation of an ancient classic. Fronsdal's balance of fidelity to the text and sensitivity to its spirit is perfect. A book to be treasured." and Bhante Gunaratana, of the Bhavana Society, has said "I have read many Dhammapada translations in several languages, but never have I come across such a crisp, precise, and lucid translation as this."

This set includes not only a fine reading of the text but also the complete book from which the reading is taken.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peaceful Truth 21 Jun 2010
By M. DesJarlais - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the most uplifting and truthful scriptures I have ever read. The obviousness and timelessness of the words and phrases will transform your life. No matter what religion you, are these truths can permeate and make your life richer and more compassionate if you let them. Jack Kornfield is one of the most calming and peaceful speakers of our time. His reading of this translation brings it to life in a way no one else can. Blessings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dhammapada CD and book 14 Dec 2010
By Martin Hugg - Published on Amazon.com
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The companion book is an excellent introduction to the ancient text. This is also an excellent recording of the verses, and the reader's voice is well-spoken and pleasant. The Buddha on your iPod!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book 30 Dec 2009
By Greg Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very happy with this purchase. I got alot for the money. I refer to the book and listen to the cds all the time. Understanding what is written here is critical for the learning Buddhist practitioner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Buddha's words are always good 16 Nov 2012
By Tenzin Shila - Published on Amazon.com
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A very nice text and audio CD set. The Buddha's words are always good to hear again and again. Listen to this CD in your car on the way to work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice! 24 Jun 2011
By Spyridon - Published on Amazon.com
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My husband bought this for me as an early birthday present. Since I am a "budding" buddhist, this was a perfect gift! The book & CD set came in this really nice hard carboard box, and because it is so pleasing, I have it sitting on my meditation cabinet right by my Buddha plaque!
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