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The Hands of the Buddha: The Dhammapada, A Modern Interpretation Paperback – September 11, 2009
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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.
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.