The Dhammapada: (The Path of Perfection)

The Dhammapada: (The Path of Perfection)

Paperback Penguin Classics

Translated by Juan Mascaro

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 10mm | 45g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1973
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140442847
  • ISBN 13: 9780140442847
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 101,673

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"The Dhammapada" is a collection of aphorisms that illustrate the moral teachings of Buddha - the spiritual path to the supreme Truth. Probably compiled in the third century BCE, the verses are arranged according to theme, covering ideas such as self-possession, good and evil, watchfulness and endurance. Together they describe how an individual can attain the enlightenment of Nirvana, the supreme goal of Buddhism. The road to Nirvana, as illustrated in "The Dhammapada", is narrow and difficult to negotiate, but the reward of eternal life gives hope and determination to the traveller.

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Juan Mascaro read Modern and Oriental Languages at Cambridge, lectured in Oxford and eventually became Professor of English at Barcelona University. He has translated the Upanisads and the Bhagavad Gita. He died in 1987. Juan Mascaro read Modern and Oriental Languages at Cambridge, lectured in Oxford and eventually became Professor of English at Barcelona University. He has translated the Upanisads and the Bhagavad Gita. He died in 1987.

Table of contents

The DhammapadaIntroduction The Dhammapada 1. Contrary Ways 2. Watchfulness 3. The Mind 4. The Flowers of Life 5. The Fool 6. The Wise Man 7. Infinite Freedom 8. Better than a Thousand 9. Good and Evil 10. Life 11. Beyond Life 12. Self-Possession 13. Arise! Watch 14. The Buddha 15. Joy 16. Transient Pleasures 17. Forsake Anger 18. Hasten and Strive 19. Righteousness 20. The Path 21. Wakefulness 22. In Darkness 23. Endurance 24. Cravings 25. The Monk 26. The Brahmin