Essence Of The Dhammapada

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Essence Of The Dhammapada

Essence Of The Dhammapada

In this companion to his best-selling translation of The Dhammapada, Eknath Easwaran explains how The Dhammapada is a perfect map for the spiritual journey.Said to be the text closest to the Buddha?s actual words,The Dhammapada is a collection of short teachings that his disciples memorized during his lifetime. Easwaran presentsThe Dhammapada as a guide to spiritual perseverance, progress, and ultimately enlightenment ? a heroic confrontation with life as it really is, with straight answers to our deepest questions. We witness the heartbreak of death, for instance ? what does that mean for us? What is love? How does karma work? How do we follow the spiritual life in the midst of work and family? Does nirvana really exist, and if so, what is it like to be illumined?In his interpretation of Buddhist themes, illustrated with stories from the Buddha?s life, Easwaran offers a view of the concept of Right Understanding that is both exhilarating and instructive. He shares his experiences on the spiritual path, giving the advice that only an experienced teacher and practitioner can offer, and urges us to answer for ourselves the Buddha?s call to nirvana ? that mysterious, enduring state of wisdom, joy, and peace.Review?Our favorite translation is Eknath Easwaran?sThe Dhammapada. His Indian heritage, literary gifts, and spiritual sensibilities here produce a sublime rendering of the words of the Buddha. Verse after verse shimmers with quiet, confident authority.?? Huston Smith & Philip Novak,[Reviewing Easwaran?s translation,The Dhammapada, inBuddhism]From the Inside FlapThe Dhammapada is practical, free from speculation and theory. It's suitable for people living in the world, with a family, a career, and all the problems of daily life. Most of the Buddhist scriptures are addressed to monks and nuns,butThe Dhammapada is addressed to all, and if we look at the Buddha's life, we see that those attracted to him were often ordinary men and women like you and me. In later centuries the body of Buddhist scripture grew to be more voluminous than the Bible, but I would say that we need nothing more thanThe Dhammapada to answer the Buddha's call to nirvana. It is the perfect map for the spiritual journey.- Eknath EaswaranFrom the Back CoverThe Dhammapada is practical, free from speculation and theory. It?s suitable for people living in the world, with a family, a career, and all the problems of daily life. Most of the Buddhist scriptures are addressed to monks and nuns,butThe Dhammapada is addressed to all, and if we look at the Buddha?s life, we see that those attracted to him were often ordinary men and women like you and me. In later centuries the body of Buddhist scripture grew to be more voluminous than the Bible, but I would say that we need nothing more thanThe Dhammapada to answer the Buddha?s call to nirvana. It is the perfect map for the spiritual journey.? Eknath EaswaranAbout the AuthorEknath Easwaran (1910?1999) grew up in India and studied both Sanskrit and Pali, the simplified version of Sanskrit that was spoken by the Buddha. He was chairman of the English department at a major Indian university when he came to the United States on a Fulbright fellowship in 1959.In 1961 Easwaran founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation in California, and in 1967, at the University of California, Berkeley, he taught the first academic course on meditation ever offered for credit at a major American university. From the mid 1970s onwards, Easwaran held classes on the core Buddhist scripture, the Dhammapada, in addition to his talks on meditation, world mysticism, and spiritual living.A gifted teacher, he was able to anticipate the problems that Western readers may have with the concepts underlying the classics of Indian spirituality, and to explain them in fresh and profoundly simple ways. Easwaran?s translations of the Indian classics, theDhammapada, The Bhagavad Gita,

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AuthorEaswaran, Eknath
BindingPaperback
LanguageEnglish
EditionWisdom of India
ISBN-101586380974
ISBN-138601406927681
PublisherNilgiri Press
Publication Year2013-10-01

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