The Dhammapada: (Classics of Indian Spirituality)

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Nilgiri Press, Jun 1, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 256 pages
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"Dhammapada" means "the path of dharma," the path of truth, harmony, and righteousness that anyone can follow to reach the highest good. Easwaran's translation of this classic Buddhist text is the best-selling edition in its field, praised by Huston Smith as a "sublime rendering."
The introduction gives an overview of the Buddha's teachings that is penetrating and clear - accessible for readers new to Buddhism, but also with fresh insights and practical applications for readers familiar with this text. Chapter introductions place individual verses into the context of the broader Buddhist canon.
Easwaran is a master storyteller, and his opening essay includes many stories that make moving, memorable reading, bringing young Siddhartha and his heroic spiritual quest vividly to life.
But Easwaran's main qualification for interpreting the Dhammapada, he said, was that he knew from his own experience that these verses could transform our lives. This faithful rendition brings us closer to the compassionate heart of the Buddha.

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User Review  - Dwhitehead - Goodreads

Highly recommended for a library of religious texts. The translation is great - true, it's the only one I've looked at to date, but it is a very poetic read. The commentary and explanation before each ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bob Wratz - Goodreads

As a rule, I don't read the world's holy books cover to cover. But The Dhammapada tasted so good that once I started, I couldn't stop. From the book description: "The language of the Dhammapada is as ... Read full review

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Eknath Easwaran (1910 – 1999) is respected around the world as an authentic guide to timeless wisdom, and as the author of Passage Meditation, which brings universal truths into daily life. In 1961 he founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, which carries on his work with publications and retreats.

 

      More than 1.5 million of Easwaran’s books on spiritual living are in print, and his translations of the Indian spiritual classics (The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada) are the bestselling editions in English.

 

      A gifted teacher who lived for many years in the West, Easwaran lived what he taught, giving him enduring appeal as a teacher and author of deep insight and warmth.

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