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This review is from: Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations (Paperback)
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 particular translation is also available in audio book form, which is most welcome The Dhammapada: Teachings of the Buddha - Book and Audio-CD Set and as a Kindle edition The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations which for some reason, at the time of writing, is not available in the formats box above. It also won't come up if you search under 'Gil Fronsdal' in the Kindle Store.
Highly recommended both for those interested in Buddhism and those interested in world religious literature. For those who are interested, I also recommend another fine version translated by Eknath Easwaran The Dhammapada (Classics of Indian Spirituality).