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The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha (Sacred Teachings) [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Byrom , Ram Das , Ram Dass
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Trembling and quivering is the mind,
Difficult to guard and hard to restrain.
The person of wisdom sets it straight,
As a fletcher does an arrow.

The Dhammapada introduced the actual utterances of the Buddha nearly twenty-five hundred years ago, when the master teacher emerged from his long silence to illuminate for his followers the substance of humankind’s deepest and most abiding concerns. The nature of the self, the value of relationships, the importance of moment-to-moment awareness, the destructiveness of anger, the suffering that attends attachment, the ambiguity of the earth’s beauty, the inevitability of aging, the certainty of death–these dilemmas preoccupy us today as they did centuries ago. No other spiritual texts speak about them more clearly and profoundly than does the Dhammapada.

In this elegant new translation, Sanskrit scholar Glenn Wallis has exclusively referred to and quoted from the canonical suttas–the presumed earliest discourses of the Buddha–to bring us the heartwood of Buddhism, words as compelling today as when the Buddha first spoke them. On violence: All tremble before violence./ All fear death./ Having done the same yourself,/ you should neither harm nor kill. On ignorance: An uninstructed person/ ages like an ox,/ his bulk increases,/ his insight does not. On skillfulness: A person is not skilled/ just because he talks a lot./ Peaceful, friendly, secure–/ that one is called “skilled.”

In 423 verses gathered by subject into chapters, the editor offers us a distillation of core Buddhist teachings that constitutes a prescription for enlightened living, even in the twenty-first century. He also includes a brilliantly informative guide to the verses–a chapter-by-chapter explication that greatly enhances our understanding of them. The text, at every turn, points to practical applications that lead to freedom from fear and suffering, toward the human state of spiritual virtuosity known as awakening.

Glenn Wallis’s translation is an inspired successor to earlier versions of the suttas. Even those readers who are well acquainted with the Dhammapada will be enriched by this fresh encounter with a classic text

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews


"Thomas Byrom's lean and lovely translation." -- Parabola, Summer 2002

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)

Product Details

  • File Size: 2689 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ATJY34
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest book I've read October 12, 2002
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I saw a large copy of this book in an herb shop in Maryland a number of years ago and bought it. It is the most inspirational book I've ever read. The Buddha is so deep! His line: "It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles" just about says it all for this world of violence and separation. Byrom's translation is far superior to any other. I tried to contact Byrom a few years ago to tell him how much I loved the book but found out he had passed away much to my dismay. The bigger book is out of print. If you are in any way a spiritual person and seeking Enlightenment, please read this book. You will treasure it forever. I've given many copies to friends. And don't skip the intro by Ram Dass which is great also.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic January 3, 2003
Whether a practicing Buddhist or just interested in comparative religion, I can recommend this for your shelf. If you can find the larger format previous edition in hardback, get it instead for the beautiful photographs that illustrate it. But this little version is wonderfully compact and makes a good companion while traveling.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the Dhammapada September 3, 2005
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This particular Dhammapada is very nice to read,

it just flows very comfortabley. There is not alot

of commentary after each sentence, just a short

introduction and then the teachings of the Buddha.

The HC is perfect for a pocket or a waist pack,

backpack etc,. My advice is, get it, read it,

keep it, and read it again, and then again.

Dont give up...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible translation. Concise and easy to read. December 23, 2003
Shakyamuni Buddha (Siddhartha) lived 2500 years ago and left this set of sayings or Dharmapada. Dharma means "Laws, truth, virtue" and "pada" means "way or path". Byrom's fantastic translation makes it so captivating for the reader because it is concise without verbosity, easy to read and easy to relate to. Shakyamuni's message is not tainted with overbearing explanations but comes as quick and sharp with great wit and logical sense. In addition to this, this translation openly embraces all walks of life---making it relevant to both the laity and the ascetic. Purchase this book and read Shakyamuni's wisdom so that you may apply it to your own.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect January 9, 2003
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This translation captures all the depth and complexity of this teaching in sparse poetic lines. My life had been enriched immeasurably by contact with this text. Its meaning grows with every encounter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Average December 21, 2013
By Xonic
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Average translation. Would be nice if this version contained verse numbers. There are better translations on the market. I would not recommend this version to college students.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great translation.
A great translation of the words of The Buddha. Byrom does justice to the themes and the heart of what Buddhism is in this version of one of Buddhism's most sacred and beloved... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Casey King
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Translation
I really enjoyed reading this book. It captures the spirit of the Buddha very well. Very deserving of five stars.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The most literary version of the Dhammapada I ever came across.
I discovered that version by chance, by listening to the audio-book :

Sayings of the Buddha: The Dhammapada (text translated by Thomas Byrom and read by Jacob... Read more
Published on March 26, 2013 by Serge Hulne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A wonderful spiritual guide. This is a book of the original teachings of the Buddha himself. Whether you consider yourself to be Buddhist or not, this is a fantastic, timeless... Read more
Published on January 29, 2013 by AC
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha
This book is a modern version of the timeless classic by the embodiment of enlightenment, Buddha the Awakened. I hope it will help you as it helped me in Light, Love & Life.
Published on September 11, 2012 by amirsi
5.0 out of 5 stars The one book that I was missing.
This is the book that I was missing. Thomas Byrom has given us in the west a translation that is easy to follow and beautiful all at the same time. Read more
Published on May 12, 2009 by Dan W. Mckay
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