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 ultimate 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.
This poetic translation retains the lyrical beauty of the original and is accompanied by an introduction that compares it to other literary and religious works ranging from the Odes of Keats to the writings of Saint Teresa.
About The Author
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.
Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 30th May 1973
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.08
Edition Number: 1