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The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – November 23, 2000
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The Dhammapada has been well-served by many excellent translations. The translation under review here, by John Ross Carter, Professor of Philosophy at Colgate University, and Mahinda Palhawandana, Professer of Sanskrit Emeritus in Sri Lanka, is unique in its care and in the scope of its learning. In addition to the text, this translation includes line-by-line translations of the earliest Sri Lankan commentaries on the Dhammapada. These commentaries were written over the course of many centuries and systematized in about 1000 A.D. There is a separate and later series of commentaries on the text in which stories were written to illustrate the events that gave rise to the Buddha's utterance of each verse. These stories are not included here, but they are summarized in another well-known translation of the Dhammapada by the monk Narada, which I shall mention below.
This edition begins with a scholarly introduction to the text and the commentaries followed by an English rendition of the text of the Dhammapada without commentary. The next section of the book repeats the English translation together with the Pali text with the addition of the extensive commentary.Read more ›
This abbreviated version does not have the footnotes and the explanation of Pali terms which the expanded, 500+ page version has.
Please do NOT purchase this abbreviated version if you expect to use it as a reference version to help you understand the Pali text. Someone should feel ashamed of themselves in selling this abbreviated version to those expecting the original, without noting the helpful scholarly commentaries are gone. It was like being very disappointed in an old friend.
I know one person who ordered this text assuming it was the expanded version after I had recommended this translation -- she was very disappointed and so was I. Unfortunately, if you want to purchase the old expanded version, you may have to pay top dollar for a used copy.
the best of them. Carter and Palihawadana have retained texts lyric style but still their ambition is to bring autentic text as such to us. Hence reader have to use glossary where most importánt words and referensees are. I may be a bit annoying but
If you really want know exactly what what is in original dhammapada you has to use such method. Some at web "intreprete"
too much, then the text may look easier but It may go also wrong.
Only negative comment is that people to which english is not native language, text may have too mamy many fine but unfamiliar words. I recommend this book. It is one of the classics of Worlds religious teachings.
This is a meticulous translation and it is clear the authors have spent time and effort to try and get it right. One of the authors being Sinhalese (which is also a language close to Pali)would have better understood the meanings and senses of terms more than most Western scholars, and the joint authorship suggests a polished and balanced approach to attain near perfection.
No translation can articulate the experiential meanings behind the verses or hope to equal the ancient meanings. But this one gets close representing an honest attempt at a challenging goal. The English may appear somewhat academic but this is a thoroughly modern translation and OUP have done their homework in bestowing authorship.
The publisher is to be congratulated and this book deserves the shelf of any good library.
The one major deficiency of this text which struck me as a Vipassana meditation practitioner, however, was that the explanations offered to quite a number of verses by the authors attest to a significant lack of understanding which can only be gained through the practice of insight meditation. I will mention a few examples. First, in their explanation of the very famous v. 113, the authors interpret "seeing the rise and demise" of phenomena as an intellectual understanding of the concept, while this verse is commonly known among Vipassana practitioners to refer to an advanced and defining stage of the practice where one sees clearly (and not conceptually) into the moment-to-moment rising and passing away of phenomena (the authors make no mention of this). A similar misinterpretation is given to v. 374, which alludes to the positive mental states which emerge in connection with witnessing the rising and passing away of phenomena during advanced meditation practice. In their explanation to v.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There aren't just signs of marks or use. There are a significant amount of markings within the book. It is in good quality though.Published 4 months ago by Conner Jasperson
this was purchased for another party but it looks interesting.Published 5 months ago by mtn. theologian
Be careful. This is the condensed version. The longer version by oxford ( same publisher, same book) is cheaper and better detailed . Read morePublished 18 months ago by peter
A very clear and open book on many of the most pivotal and wise sayings of the Buddha. This is a great reference to have.Published 22 months ago by Gabriel C.
As a Buddhist, I've read many different English translations of the Dhammapada, and I steer everyone clear of this edition. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Samantha Russ