The wisdom of the Awakened One is given here, a timeless spiritual treasure for those seeking to walk the primrose path between Hell and Nirvana. The living words of Buddha are preserved for the ages, so that the spiritual seeker and the layman may both find the peace, tranquility and inner wisdom that lead them from the madness of this world, to a state of detachment, when they know there will be no more rebirth. This small topic expounds on subjects ranging from anger, jealously, envy, correct diet, to birth, death and the very nature of reality.
The Dhammapada - the Pali version of one of the most popular texts of the Buddhist canon - ranks among the classics of the world's great religious literature. Like all religious texts in Pali, the Dhammapada belongs to the Theravada school of the Buddhist tradition. Dhammapada , or 'sayings of the dhamma', is taken to be a collection of the utterances of the Buddha himself. Taken together, the verses form a key body of teaching within Buddhism, a guiding voice along the struggle-laden path towards true enlightenment, or Nirvana. However, the appeal of these epithets of wisdom extends beyond its religious heritage to a general and universal spirituality.
Of all the Buddhist writings, the Dhammapada - known for its accessibility - is perhaps the best primer of teachings on the dhamma, or moral path of life. It is also one of the oldest and most beloved classics, cherished by Buddhists of all cultures for its vibrant and eloquent expression of basic precepts. Buddha's beautiful, concise, and accessible aphorisms profoundly illustrate the serenity and unalterable dignity of the Buddhist path of light, love, peace, and truth.
- All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.
- All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- "He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me," — in those who harbour such thoughts hatred will never cease.
- "He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me," — in those who do not harbour such thoughts hatred will cease.
His words reveal nothing less than the Buddhist Law of the Universe. Simple and profound, these truths are the key to understanding Buddhism.
Here are the words of the Buddha himself. This books leads us to the spiritual path to the supreme Truth. Here is the guide to the Nirvana, essence of enlightenment. This books is the most important document of the Buddhism. Four hundred verses on twenty-six topics offer an inspiring compendium of First Turning teachings shared by all schools of Buddhism. The nature of mind, self, desire, and ignorance, as well as the beauty of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha are succinctly expressed in memorable verses that have been quoted by Buddhist masters for centuries. Tibetan text on facing pages, word list, and glossary.
Note: Below are another two different translations of the Dhammapada - one by Eknath Easwaran, and second by F. Max Muller (both without Tibetan text). In addition, there's also Volume X of The Sacred Books Of The East , where the Dhammapada (tr. by Muller) is together with the Sutta-Nipata (tr. by Fausboll).