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Susan Cogan is a full time writer and occasionally amuses herself as a graphic designer. She writes things that she enjoys and she enjoys quite a lot. She has been at various times a nurse's aid, a belly dancer, an actress, a journalist, and a radio shock jock. Her career is long, varied, colorful, often exaggerated and occasionally untrue. Cogan is the author of many novels: Black Jade Dragon, Dragon Sword, Tangled Garden, The Last Gift, Heart of the Tengeri, Murder on the Waterfront and The Man Who Needed Killing. Her nonfiction works include: Hands of the Buddha, The Buddha's Three Jewels, and The Pocket Darwin. She written numerous short stories, some of them contest winners.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (September 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442185902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442185906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,946,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Pellecchia on October 1, 2009
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When I received e-mail notification from Amazon of this new interpretation of the Dhammapada a few thoughts came to mind. What are the qualifications of this author to reinterpret the Dhammapada? And, perhaps more importantly, do I really need another version of this revered text? After all, I already have six English versions by various scholars. Not being versed in Pali, I use translations for comparative analysis; however, I succumbed to inquisitiveness (this was before samples were available on Amazon) and purchased this text.

While I have no knowledge of Ms. Cogan's credentials regarding Buddhism, she has consulted many previously published versions by eminent scholars in writing her text. The book is profusely illustrated although, unfortunately, only in black-and-white. This may have been in order to reduce costs both in publishing as well as for the end user. Of course one reads the Dhammapada for its teachings and not for illustrations but, since illustrations meant to be in color were provided, the inclusion of color would have been most welcomed. In my opinion if one is to include illustrations available in color then color plates would have been well worth any increased expense.

More importantly this interpretation does not resort to using old English terms like "thyself' or other archaic terms. Some translations apparently do so in an attempt to give the Dhammapada a more religious flavor. This translation is very readable and simple in its word usage without being trite. It does not offer any commentaries on the text but I feel the translation speaks for itself and are unnecessary.

So, did I need another version of the Dhammapada? All-in-all the answer is a resounding "Yes!" and this version is rapidly becoming my version of preference. It has excellent readability, understandability, and simplistic in tone without being condescending -- just as I envision the Buddha to have taught.
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This translation is simple and to the point. As said before, it is in modern language and easy to understand.

The pictures are in black and white and some seem to be of relatively low quality.

There are typos once in a while.

Overall, it is not the highest quality book, but it is the content that matters. And this version was cheaper than others, so you get what you pay for. I am still glad I purchased it. The main point is its clarity.
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Just they way that Buddha would hope it to be told. Just one statement after another - great for anyone whether they are familiar with buddhist teachings or not
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This is the most comprehensible version of the Dhammapada you will find. Much easier to understand than any other version I've read.
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