What is your favourite version of the Dhammapada?

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What is your favourite version of the Dhammapada?

Post by jackson » Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:47 pm

I'm considering collecting different versions of the Dhammapada so I can compare translations and get a better feel for what the Pali is saying. The first translation of the Dhammapada that I bought was by Thomas Cleary, which I liked at the time in spite of Cleary's notes (which he chose to put in bold text bizarrely). I also believe that I have another version of the Dhammapada in Conze's " Buddhist scriptures. After that my mother picked me up a used version of the Dhammapada by P. Lal, which when I looked at it recently I was surprised at how different the translation was from the one I compared it against. I also had a translation that was part of a world religions set, which I glanced at but decided to donate to my local library, and most recently I picked up John Ross Carter and Mahinda Palihawadana's translation with commentary. Now I could be wrong, but this seems like a really good translation, although they've gone with a more literal translation over the poetic aspect of it. Anyway, I love the Dhammapada, especially the Carter Palihawadana version, and would love to hear what your favourite version is. Also I`m thinking of picking up the stories to go along with it, is there a version which I should get? I look forward to your replies.
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Re: What is your favourite version of the Dhammapada?

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:56 pm

Greetings,

I like Buddharakkhita's translation, though I admit it's not perfect either.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .budd.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

You'll also find some interesting thoughts on different Dhammapada translations via this search: http://www.dhammawheel.com/search.php?k ... mit=Search" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: What is your favourite version of the Dhammapada?

Post by SDC » Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:00 am

Dhammapada

The only version I have ever read. Not to say its the best, but I really enjoyed it.

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Re: What is your favourite version of the Dhammapada?

Post by bodom » Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:29 am

Gil Fronsdals.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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Re: What is your favourite version of the Dhammapada?

Post by jcsuperstar » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:37 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

I like Buddharakkhita's translation, though I admit it's not perfect either.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .budd.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

You'll also find some interesting thoughts on different Dhammapada translations via this search: http://www.dhammawheel.com/search.php?k ... mit=Search" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Metta,
Retro. :)
i think thats the one i like, i'm to lazy to look right now :toilet:
i have a few translations, i wish i had thanissaro's though i believe its in my handful of leaves books so i might

the 1st dhamma book i ever read was some old horrible translation of the dhammapada and it shook my world view and it was all buddhism from there.
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Re: What is your favourite version of the Dhammapada?

Post by plwk » Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:22 am

By the late Chief Reverend Dr K Sri Dhammananda, Maha Thera Nayaka of Malaysia and Singapore: The Dhammapada

Buddharakkhita's version is cool :anjali:

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Re: What is your favourite version of the Dhammapada?

Post by Nibbida » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:51 pm

I like Eknath Easwaran's translation. He has a really nice 90 page introduction and a shorter introduction to each section. These intros are very clearly and succinctly written. I found them worth reading in and of themselves. But I liked his translation too.

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