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The Path of Truth

The Path of Truth

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The Dhammapada
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CommentaryEdited byBhikkhu Pesala
 
The Dhammapada
Editor’s Preface
The Dhammapada — The Path to Truth — is an excellent book to keep inone’s pocket and refer to at leisure. It contains 423 verses in 26 chapters,covering all kinds of topics.In this edition I have included the Pāḷi text following the Chaṭṭha SaṅgāyanaTipiṭaka published by the Vipassanā Research Institute. Variant readings found inthe Sinhalese edition of the text are annotated.The translation is based on Nārada Mahāthera’s, but I have rephrased theEnglish to bring it up to date, and added my own footnotes. A few words like“Arahant” cannot adequately be translated into English, so they have been left inthe original Pāḷi. The Pāḷi words “thera” and “therī” have both been translated“elder.” The Pāḷi word “Brāhmaṇa” means little to the average reader so I havetranslated it as “Saint,” which best conveys in English the meaning of freedomfrom human failings like lust, anger, jealousy, and so forth. You will find aglossary of Pāḷi terms in the Appendices defining some of these difficult words.The meaning of the verses is greatly clarified by the stories from thecommentaries, which put them into context. I have relied on this context to givethe most appropriate translation rather than trying to ensure word for wordconsistency. The long narrative of the commentary fleshes out the characters, which is fine for story-telling, but it adds little for the modern reader, so I havecondensed them substantially, though I have included more than just a synopsis.The full translation of the commentary by Burlingame for the Pāḷi Text Societyruns to three volumes, while this edition would comfortably fit a single volume.I am aware that this first edition has many defects, but I am sure that thereaders will gain some benefit. Improved editions may follow later if I find time.This map of India shows the Ganges valley, where the Buddha mostly livedand taught, and the adjacent countries to which missionary monks went and from which pilgrims came to visit the Buddha. The Four Holy Sites are marked
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