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- Publisher: Nilgiri Press; 2nd edition (June 1, 2009)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004DI7R56
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I first read Max Muller's "Wisdom of the Buddha - The Unabridged Dhammapada" and I was immersed by Buddha's teachings. So much depth in the wisdom, yet so many unanswered questions for me. I also felt that I had much self work to do and much detachment from selfish desires to even call myself a Buddhist.
I then discovered Eknath Easwaran's translation of "The Dhammpada" and I became even further immersed in the life of Prince Siddhartha - Buddha. I really like how Easwaran first explains the life of Buddha in the introduction of this book. How being born into royalty and how at the age of twenty-nine, Buddha became exposed to the suffering of this world. To abandon a privileged life and seek an answer to end all suffering. It is a beautiful life and story that Easwaran explains in a high intellect and articulation. It was liberating for me to learn in this book that even Buddha before his illumination, realized that austerity was not the path to enlightenment. That the path to enlightenment was in choosing The Middle Path - to roll The Wheel of Dharma in the Eightfold Path.
Each chapter of this Dhammapada is first introduced by S. Ruppenthal in a language and voice as if you are listening to a master tell the story of Buddha. Then to read the enlightening words of Buddha that puts answers on life's biggest questions. How one does minimize and eliminate suffering. I have never found such answers in the Christian faith as I have in this book. Truly one dissolves karma and suffering in the Eightfold Path as well as lose selfish desires in meditation. I have learned that in this book. It has been life changing.
“The Buddha did not leave a static structure of his belief that we can affirm and be done with. His teaching is an ongoing path, a ‘way of perfection’ which anyone can follow to the highest good. The Dhammapada is a map for this journey…. These verses can be read and appreciated simply as wise philosophy; as such, they are part of the great literature of the world. But for those who would follow it to the end, The Dhammapada is a sure guide to nothing less than the highest goal life can offer: self-realization.”
~ Eknath Easwaran from The Dhammapada
Eknath Easwaran, the brilliant translator and editor of this translation of the The Dhammapada (along with my favorite translation of the Bhagavad Gita) says that if all the sutras had been lost but the The Dhammapada, it alone would be sufficient for us to grasp the essence of Buddhism.
In this Note, we’ll take a super quick look at Buddhism (in the book, Easwaran covers The Four Noble Truths, dharma, karma, nirvana, etc.)
If you haven’t read or studied Buddhism (and especially, perhaps, if you have), this book is *incredible.* Easwaran has a remarkably warm style that reflects the spirit of a man who walked with Gandhi back in the day in his native India before heading to Berkeley where he started one of the early western meditation centers.
Here are some of the Big Ideas:
1. Quick Intro to Buddha - Siddhartha --> Buddha.
2. The Dhammapada - Buddhism in a nutshell.
3. The Four Noble Truths - 1, 2, 3, 4.
4. Nirvana & Bodhisattva - Purify and serve.
5. The Eightfold Path - Eight steps to nirvana.
Once you’ve decided to do it, give all your heart to it. (Pretty, please.)
(More goodness--including PhilosophersNotes on 250+ books at http://www.brianjohnson.me)