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Dhammapada means "the path of dharma", the path of harmony and righteousness that anyone can follow to reach the highest good. This classic Buddhist scripture is a collection of vivid, practical verses gathered from direct disciples who wanted to preserve what they had heard from the Buddha himself. Easwaran's translation of this classic Buddhist text is the best-selling translation in the US. In the comprehensive introduction, he brings the story of the young Prince Siddhartha and his heroic spiritual quest vividly to life. His overview of the Buddha's teachings is reliable, penetrating, and accessible. The Buddha rejected superstition on the one hand and philosophical speculation on the other. He taught the path to the end of suffering and showed how we can achieve lasting joy. In The Dhammapada he spells out our choices with a refreshing realism and frankness.

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  • Montgomery
  • 25-01-18

Audio doesn’t include full book

The audio doesn’t include the full book. It only includes the book introduction, and the verses. Each chapter has an introduction that is not included in the audio, but required to read in order to undertake the book’s teachings. Therefore this was a disappointment.

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  • Sri
  • 16-12-16

Great Translation of Dhammapada

I haven't read the other translations, but you can't go wrong with Paul Bazely's narration of Easwaran's work.

For anyone interested in Buddha's teaching, this is a great start.

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  • Dennis
  • 01-03-17

No Hindu spin

The two religions are similar and since some of this book focuses on the spiritual side of Buddhism the similarities are there.
If you are from the west you will love having Paul Bazely as the reader.

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  • Twinny
  • 25-09-17

An extremely powerful and useful book!

A clear and hearty rendition of a classic text on Sidhartha Gautama's life and teaching.

Short and pithy portions are offered for full assimilation of a truly awesome life. The translator and reader 'bring it home'.

Anyone can take advantage of this to create a better life.

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  • SEED7ROBI
  • 04-08-17

Perfect for sitting meditating in absorbing oral tradition passed down is one of the most ancient ways of learning knowledge

Focus on your breath set straight the information passed during this function reach you on a universal paths.

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  • Michael
  • 12-07-17

Excellent study tool.

Great way for beginners to learn the essence of Buddhism. Don't forget to go to your local temple.

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  • Mark Vogt
  • 04-03-18

GREAT audiobook! Listen again & again..

FACT (like it or not)...
Audiobooks are only 50% about the CONTENT...
The other 50% is about the DELIVERY; that is, it's the VOICE - the "Performer" is most descriptive term here - that makes or breaks the "audio" incarnation of a book...

This book's "Performer" is superb: good tone, timber, WELL-suited to the material.

As with any MOVIE, the Performer must be "cast" well for each part. Whoever "cast" this performer to play these roles made an EXCELLENT choice. That this performer can be heard easily whether at night listening-while-sleeping (which I HIGHLY recommend) or in the car while driving a solo road trip (another top recommend for this book), the Performer's voice absolutely "ADDS" to what is already an outstanding text...
... and all this coming from a middle-aged WASP who's long-since found it impossible to reject the notion that all later religions have a common origin (or at least influence) in Buddhism & Hinduism...
DEFINITELY buying the other (more ancient) texts in this series!...

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  • melissa Reed
  • 20-09-18

loved loved loved it

so easy to follow, the voice was smooth and loving. the book it's self was easy to understand and I will be going back to this book over and over

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  • Rashmi
  • 26-07-18

Absolutely amazing

I loved everything about this book. It’s gives such an insight into life that it questions our ways of living.

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  • Lord Dinesh Senan
  • 26-05-18

Sublime

The most sublime explication of the Buddha’s own journey to Nirvana. And a revelation of the highest purpose of meditation. Highly recommended.