The Dhammapada

The Dhammapada

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140449419
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


A lucid translation of the seminal work of Buddhism.

One of the oldest and most revered texts in Buddhism, The Dhammapada was compiled in the third century BC, and is newly translated here. It forms part of the oldest surviving body of Buddhist writings, the canonical texts, regarded as part of the authentic teachings of the Buddha himself-spoken by him and memorized and compiled for oral transmission shortly after his death. The verses in The Dhammapada encompass the struggle toward Nirvana-the supreme goal for the Buddhist-and point out the narrow Path of Perfection that leads to it.

Table of Contents


The Dhammapada

1. Contrary Ways
2. Watchfulness
3. The Mind
4. The Flowers of Life
5. The Fool
6. The Wise Man
7. Infinite Freedom
8. Better than a Thousand
9. Good and Evil
10. Life
11. Beyond Life
12. Self-Possession
13. Arise! Watch
14. The Buddha
15. Joy
16. Transient Pleasures
17. Forsake Anger
18. Hasten and Strive
19. Righteousness
20. The Path
21. Wakefulness
22. In Darkness
23. Endurance
24. Cravings
25. The Monk
26. The Brahmin

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