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Dhammapada (Version 2)

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- A Collection of Verses Being One of the Canonical Books of the Buddhists

Dhammapada means "The path of Dharma." The Pali word Dhamma corresponds to the Sankrit word Dharma. It is a collection of the teachings of the Buddha. These verses, compiled by Buddha's students in the years following his final Nirvana, were culled from various discourses given by the Buddha in the course of forty-five years of his teaching, as he travelled in the valley of the Ganges and the sub-mountain tract of the Himalayas. These 423 verses are often terse, witty, and convincing. Whenever similes are used, they are those that are easily understood even by a child, e.g., the cart's wheel, a man's shadow, a deep pool, flowers. Through these verses, the Buddha exhorts one to achieve that greatest of all conquests, the conquest of self; to escape from the evils of passion, hatred and ignorance.

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A Collection of Verses Being One of the Canonical Books of the Buddhists

Translated from Pali by F. Max Muller


The Sacred Books of the East Translated by Various Oriental Scholars Edited by F. Max Muller Volume X Part I

[Note: The introduction, notes and index have been omitted.]


Chapter 1: The Twin Verses Chapter 2: On Earnestness Chapter 3: Thought Chapter 4: Flowers Chapter 5: The Fool Chapter 6: The Wise Man (Pandita) Chapter 7: The Venerable (Arhat) Chapter 8: The Thousands Chapter 9: Evil Chapter 10: Punishment Chapter 11: Old Age Chapter 12: Self Chapter 13: The World Chapter 14: The Buddha (the Awakened) Chapter 15: Happiness Chapter 16: Pleasure Chapter 17: Anger Chapter 18: Impurity Chapter 19: The Just Chapter 20: The Way Chapter 21: Miscellaneous Chapter 22: The Downward Course Chapter 23: The Elephant Chapter 24: Thirst Chapter 25: The Bhikshu (Mendicant) Chapter 26 The Brahmana (Arhat)


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