http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/2013/08/t ... apada.html
For example the Buddha of both the Pali Theravada and the Sanskrit Mahayana sutras was disparaging of dancing while Tai Sheridan apparently enjoys it and therefore Dhammapada verse 16 can be rendered as “do good dance joyfully”.
What is very familiar about The Bare Bones Dhammapada is the assumption underlying it: “I happen to believe in and like (fill in the gap) and that’s what the Buddha taught.”
And then what one of the comments were to Ven. Dhammika's blog post:
To be honest, I'm quite horrified to read the brief synopsis offered in your blog (as well as on the Amazon page for the book), as it confirms a serious concern about the state and fate of Buddhism in the West. However, it also brings forth much gratitude for the small, but growing, western monastic Sangha. dedicated to the Word of the Buddha, and fidelity to the ancient texts.
Of course, monastic teachers could do that too, but probably more likely to occur among lay people who want to market the Dhamma/Dharma.