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Dhammapada

Consisting of 423 versus that fall into 26 different categories the Dhammapada is one of the most well-known collections. The Dhammapada is found in the Khuddaka Nikaya. Even after over two thousand years the advice found in the Dhammapada still rings true.

A quick note on the differences of translations.

As you can see translations differ slightly, this is actually a good thing. For the many people who do not wish to or have the time to translate the Dhammapada from the original Pali, reading several different translations and the notes that accompany the translations can help the reader understand the meaning or the text better. To illustrate this point, I have taken the 26 chapters from four of my favorite translations and put them side by side for easy comparison. I have included links so that you may read the full translation, if you so choose.

Very little translates into English flawlessly and more often then not translations lose something in the process.


I highly recommend going to Buddhanet because they have two versions of the Dhammapada
The first is a beautifully illustrated version that I highly recommend checking out.

The second is a PDF that is ready to print.

Very little translates into English flawlessly and more often then not translations lose something in the process.






Buddharakkhita &
Thanissaro

1. The Pairs
2. Heedfulness
3. The Mind
4. Flowers
5. The Fool
6. The Wise
7. The Arahant
8. Thousands
9. Evil
10. Violence
11. Old Age
12. The Self
13. The World
14. The Buddha
15. Happiness
16. Affection
17. Anger
18. Impurity
19. The Just
20. The Path
21. Miscellany
22. Hell
23. Elephants
24. Craving
25. Monks
26. Brahmans
F. Max Muller


1. The Twins
2. Earnestness
3. Thoughts
4. Flowers
5. The Fool
6. The Wise Man
7. The Venerable
8. The Thousands
9. Evil
10. Punishment
11. Old Age
12. Self
13. The World
14. The Buddha
15. Happiness
16. Pleasure
17. Anger
18. Impurity
19. The Just
20. The Way
21. Miscellaneous
22. The Downward Course
23. The Elephant
24. Thirst
25. The Bhikshu
26. The Brahmana
What do you think, my friend?


1. The Pairs
2. Heedfulness
3. The Mind
4. Flowers
5. The Fool
6. The Wise Man
7. The Perfected One
8. The Thousands
9. Evil
10. Violence
11. Old Age
12. The Self
13. The World
14. The Buddha
15. Happiness
16. Affection
17. Anger
18. Impurity
19. The Just
20. The Path
21. Miscellaneous
22. The State of Woe
23. The Elephant
24. Craving
25. The Monk
26. The Holy Man
John Richards


1. The Twin Verses
2. Attention
3. Thoughts
4. Flowers
5. Fools
6. The Wise Man
7. The Enlightened
8. Thousands
9. Evil
10. Violence
11. Old Age
12. Self
13. World
14. The Buddhas
15. Happiness
16. Preference
17. Anger
18. Faults
19. The Righteous
20. The Way
21. Miscellaneous
22. Hell
23. The Elephant
24. Craving
25. The Bhikku
26. The Brahmin



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