By Anonymous, Valerie J. Roebuck
One of many best-known and best-loved works of Buddhist literature, the Dhammapada kinds a part of the oldest surviving physique of Buddhist writings, and is routinely considered as the real teachings of the Buddha himself, spoken by way of him in his lifetime, and memorized and passed on via his fans after his loss of life. a suite of straightforward verses accrued in topics resembling 'awareness', 'fools' and 'old age', the Dhammapada is out there, tutorial and mind-clearing, with classes in every one verse to provide moral recommendation and to remind the listener of the transience of existence. Valerie Roebuck's new translation is followed by means of an creation interpreting the language of the Dhammapada, its prestige as literature and the varsity of Buddhist educating from which it comes.
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The Dhammapada by Anonymous, Valerie J. Roebuck