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  Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha – translated by Thomas Byrom
Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha – translated by Thomas Byrom


 
“We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you
As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.

"We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable.”

--- from The Dhammapada

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The Dhammapada is a collection of the sayings of the Buddha. They were probably first gathered in northern India in the third century B.C.E. Dhamma means law, justice, righteousness, discipline, truth; pada means path, step, foot, foundation. The Dhammapada was transmitted and recorded in Pali, the canonical language of southern Buddhism, and it has become the principal scripture for Buddhists in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.

The Dhammapada is one of the most popular and accessible books in all of Buddhist literature. In it are the words of the Buddha, teaching that all suffering stems from desire and that the way to attain freedom is to purify the heart and follow the way of truth. Thomas Byrom’s verse rendering of the Dhammapada uniquely captures the Buddha’s original teachings with simplicity and lyricism.

Thomas Byrom, Ph.D., was educated at Oxford and Harvard universities and taught literature at St. Catherine’s College and Exeter College.

Unabridged in a pocket (3” x 4.5”) paperback edition. Foreward by Ram Dass. 113 pages.