Textual analysis and comparative discussion on early Buddhist sects and texts.
Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 23045
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:25 am


Post by tiltbillings » Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:39 am

There is an other version of the Dhammapada, which is longer (and compiled latter) than the Pali version. It is called the Udanavarga. This may be of interest to some:

https://www2.hf.uio.no/polyglotta/index ... w=fulltext" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” HPatDH p.723

User avatar
Posts: 18442
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:49 am
Location: kanamaluka

Re: Dhammapada/Udanavarga

Post by Ben » Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:52 am

Many thanks Tilt!

Would you or one of the other mods/admins kindly pin this thread?
Thanks again!

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

Compassionate Hands Foundation (Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • Buddhist Global ReliefUNHCR

e: ben.dhammawheel@gmail.com..

User avatar
Kim OHara
Posts: 5097
Joined: Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:47 am
Location: North Queensland, Australia

Re: Dhammapada/Udanavarga

Post by Kim OHara » Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:59 pm

I hadn't heard of the text so I looked it up. I'll save others some time by giving the gist of the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udanavarga:
The Udānavarga has around 1100 verses in 33 chapters. The chapter titles[2] are:
Comparatively, the most common version of the Dhammapada, in Pali, has 423 verses in 26 chapters.[3] Comparing the Udānavarga, Pali Dhammapada and the Gandhari Dharmapada, Brough (2001) identifies that the texts have in common 330 to 340 verses, 16 chapter headings and an underlying structure.
The Udānavarga is attributed to the Sarvāstivādins.[5]
Hinuber suggests that a text similar to the Pali Canon's Udāna formed the original core of the Sanskrit Udānavarga, to which verses from the Dhammapada were added.[6] Brough allows for the hypothesis that the Udānavarga, the Pali Dhammapada and the Gandhari Dharmapada all have a "common ancestor" but underlines that there is no evidence that any one of these three texts might have been the "primitive Dharmapada" from which the other two evolved.

User avatar
Posts: 44
Joined: Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:00 am
Location: Chennai, India

Re: Dhammapada/Udanavarga

Post by vinodh » Sat May 14, 2011 7:46 pm

Comparative version of the various editions of the Dhammapada (which includes Udanavarga too)

http://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/B ... /index.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.virtualvinodh.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Buddhists Texts in Brahmi Script : http://www.virtualvinodh.com/brahmi-lipitva" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

yo dharmaṁ paśyati, sa buddhaṁ paśyati
One who sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha

na pudgalo na ca skandhā buddho jñānamanāsravam
sadāśāntiṁ vibhāvitvā gacchāmi śaraṇaṁ hyaham

Neither a person nor the aggregates, the Buddha, is knowledge free from [evil] outflows
Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]

User avatar
Posts: 1210
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:26 pm
Location: California

Re: Dhammapada/Udanavarga

Post by Will » Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:26 pm

Not sure whomever did the Oslo translation, maybe it is based on the Tibetan only. At any rate, Gareth Sparham in 1983 also did the Udanavarga in full. He titled it The Tibetan Dhammapada, perhaps a hat tip to Rockhill's version done in 1892 or so. Rockhill's may still be in print, but Sparham's is not, I think.

Another version from the Chinese, which is not identical to the Tibetan is A Collection of Important Odes of the Law: The Chinese Udanavarga translated by Charles Willemen in 2013. Have not read this one, but will soon.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- AN 10.1

User avatar
Posts: 1210
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:26 pm
Location: California


Post by Will » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:40 pm

Cannot find an online copy of Sparham's version, but here is a link to the Rockhill 1883 version:

https://ia600209.us.archive.org/14/item ... kah_bw.pdf
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- AN 10.1

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: DooDoot and 16 guests