The Dhammapada the Buddhist Bible per se, stands on a par with the Holy Bible of the Christions, the Holy Quoran of the Islamic faith and the Bhagavad Geeta of the Hindus. It contains the essence of the Buddhist faith as do the other holy books mentioned above for their respective religions. The middle path as conceived by the Buddha was a revolutionary approach to religious practice almost 600 years before the Christian Era.
The Buddha through his own experiences discovered that extreme penances or practices were not the way to enlightenment his thoughts therefore went to-wards finding a moderate path that would help mankind to find a way to overcome the pains of life. Such was the revolution created by his teaching and thoughts that they not only superceded the then Brahmanic religion of the Indian sub-continent and later spread across South East Asia, China, Momgolia, Tibet and even up to the borders of Greece in the West. So powerful was the message that it was difficult not to accept. Buddhism still has a great influence on the world today as may be seen at the gatherings addressed by H H the Dalai Lama.
The universal message of this faith may be found in all religions. Based on compassion, love and sobriety. Buddhism is now at its most popular amongst the younger sections of society in the west who have become enamoured by the peacefulness and positive nature of its teachings. Buddhism already more than 2,500 years old has man-aged to conquer the hearts of people around the world across bounderies of caste, creed and even across racial boundaries. It has brought together people in a common cause of unity and brotherhood. It has shown us the way to peaceful coexistence that has became the need of the day.
This translation of the Dhammapada expresses the teachings of the Buddha most lucidly and without complication of the interpretations that often confuse. It is most readable and will prove most enjoyable to one and all.
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