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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


I just got to flip through one of the books of Buddhist literature called "Dhammapada". After going through a few pages of it, I realized it is not just another book to glance through, but a piece of precious knowledge to be studied deeply. It is a must read for not only the spiritually inclined people but also a common man. It is a boon for the one who studies it deeply and practices it ardently. For the spiritually inclined it is a spiritual guide, for the rest, it is an ethical guide.

Just to give a brief introduction of the book - Dhammapada is an anthology of verses attributed to Buddha. It is considered to be one of the masterpiece of Buddhist literature. The title Dhammapada is a combination of two words "Dhamma" and "Pada". The word Dhamma can be referred to the Buddha's doctrine, or an eternal truth, or righteousness and the word Pada means foot and in this context it can be taken to mean path. The Dhammapada is available in lot of versions such as Gandhari Dharmapada, Patna Dharmapada, but the Pali version is the best-known.

The Pali version of Dhammapada contains 423 verses categorized into 26 chapters.

  1. Pairs
  2. Heedfulness
  3. The Mind
  4. Blossoms
  5. Fools
  6. The Wise
  7. Arahants
  8. Thousands
  9. Evil
  10. The Rod
  11. Ageing
  12. Self
  13. Worlds
  14. Awakened
  15. Happy
  16. Dear Ones
  17. Anger
  18. Impurities
  19. The Judge
  20. The Path
  21. Miscellany
  22. Hell
  23. Elephants
  24. Craving
  25. Monks
  26. Brahmins
As I travel through each of the chapters, I will post my thoughts on the same in the next series of blog posts.
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