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Buddharakkhita - The Dhammapada

Buddharakkhita - The Dhammapada

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Dhammapada - Buddha's Path of Wisdom by Buddharakkhita
Dhammapada - Buddha's Path of Wisdom by Buddharakkhita

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The Dhammapada:
The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom
Translated by 
Acharya Buddharakkhita
Introduction by 
Bhikkhu Bodhi
 The Dhammapada is the best known and most widely esteemed textin the Pali Tipitaka, the sacred scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. The work is included in the Khuddaka Nikaya (“Minor Collection”) of the Sutta Pitaka, but its popularity has raised it far above the singleniche it occupies in the scriptures to the ranks of a world religiousclassic. Composed in the ancient Pali language, this slim anthologyof verses constitutes a perfect compendium of the Buddha’steaching, comprising between its covers all the essential principleselaborated at length in the forty-odd volumes of the Pali canon.According to the Theravada Buddhist tradition, each verse in theDhammapada was originally spoken by the Buddha in response to aparticular episode. Accounts of these, along with exegesis of theverses, are preserved in the classic commentary to the work,compiled by the great scholiast Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa in thefifth century
on the basis or material going back to very ancienttimes. The contents of the verses, however, transcend the limitedand particular circumstances of their origin, reaching out throughthe ages to various types of people in all the diverse situations of life. For the simple and unsophisticated the Dhammapada is asympathetic counselor; for the intellectually overburdened its clearand direct teachings inspire humility and reflection; for the earnestseeker it is a perennial source of inspiration and practicalinstruction. Insights that flashed into the heart of the Buddha havecrystallized into these luminous verses of pure wisdom. As profoundexpressions of practical spirituality, each verse is a guideline to rightliving. The Buddha unambiguously pointed out that whoeverearnestly practices the teachings found in the Dhammapada willtaste the bliss of emancipation.Due to its immense importance, the Dhammapada has beentranslated into numerous languages. In English alone severaltranslations are available, including editions by such noted scholarsas Max Muller and Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. However, when presented

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