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5.0 out of 5 stars All that we are arises from all that we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become., 29 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations (Paperback)
I am not a Buddhist, yet I recognise good wisdom when I see it. This gives me a new perspective on my actual beliefs, and enhances them.

This work was recommended to me by a self improvement guru, and the Dhammapada proves that real wisdom is timeless. Dating back 2,500 years, it compares with other classic works I have read such as Tao Te Ching: An Illustrated Journey, Bhagavad Gita, and, of course the Bible, and more recent works such as The Prophet.

When I was reading quotations on wisdom, I was very impressed by the wisdom of Buddha. There are some common themes running through these works.

Naturally, I don't agree with everything, the passionless existence, but I understand where he is coming from. I prefer the idea of attachment to the Christian concept of sin.

Some quotes:

The way is in the heart, not in the sky.

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

Hate does not conquer hate. Only love can conquer hate, that is a universal law.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

A wise man, recognising the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

I own several versions of the Dhammapada, and not all my quotes are taken from this particular translation. Also check out the Easwaran version, which also contains stories and from the Life of the Buddha, and a chapter by chapter commentary. Hope this was useful.
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Initial post: 15 Jul 2010, 19:04:39 BST
O. H. First says:
Hi.
The quotes you have written are not from this translation, therefore maybe you should edit your post as it may misguide people?
Be well,
Oli
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