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The Dhammapada Paperback – August 9, 2001
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One of the unique features of this particular book is that it is pocket size, and so easy to carry with you anywhere, in a car, a fanny pack, even the chest pocket of the a jacket. The font size is a little smaller than some versions, so anyone who has a problem with smaller font sizes should consider that. But in terms of a succinct, clear interpretation of the Buddha's words, this is an important one to add to your collection, to ponder, to ruminate, to digest, with words that will hopefully provide insight and clarity.
Incidentally, I certainly recommend using at least three or four translations of this deep book . Unfortunately, many Pali words do not have a one-to-one equivalent with English, so translations of this gentle book will necessarily be either too literal and specific, or too poetic and vague, and will be misleading at certain points. For example, the word "dukkha" has been translated many ways, and reading several texts will help expand your appreciation of the original word. A Pali dictionary (including those on websites like accesstoinsight) also helps uncover a more meaningful translation, and so does a work which includes the Pali text, like Carter and Palihawadana (older edition, not the newer condensed version). Other sources and sites, like the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, have valuable commentaries on the Dhammapada and the Pali language. Obviously, a small text like Ananda Maitreya's will not have notes or references, so consider using it alongside a larger, more scholarly version (like the older edition of Carter and Palihawadana or Kalupahana). This will be more expensive, but a book like the Dhammapada is worth it and you can spend far more money for far less benefit.
I would also recommend reading and re-reading one chapter of the book each week, perhaps each one from a different text. In a few short weeks you will have encountered one of the masterpieces of humanity -- a gem of literature, spirituality, and character development. I hope you enjoy this little book.
About this book specifically; Its form factor is very small. Not too small but it does fit in a coat jacket easily. This is great when you want to read something quick like on a train or bus. The translation is done very well and is standard English format.
Overall this is a must have for anyone interested in Buddhism.
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Concerning the text, this is my favorite translation. I read parts of it each morning before I begin my day to reflect on its teachings and to try my best to learn and strive to be a better person each day. Also, I love the pocket size so I can take it with me as well.
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