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Offline kayk

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Which book? Dhammapada - Satipatthana Sutta
« on: July 16, 2015, 10:23:51 am »

Can someone who has read the Dhammapada translations, please suggest a good English translation (with explanatory commentary)?
I see several on Amazon but not sure which to read?

Also can anyone explain (in detail) the connection between the Dhammapada and the Satipatthana Sutta?


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Re: Which book? Dhammapada - Satipatthana Sutta
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2015, 11:01:19 am »
Hi kayk and welcome to FreeSangha.

I would suggest the translation by the Ven. Acharya Buddharakkhita --- it's actually available in several editions, including a free pocket-size edition. If you live within the US, please let me and I'll send you a copy of the pocket edition.

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Re: Which book? Dhammapada - Satipatthana Sutta
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2015, 01:47:10 pm »
Hi Kayk, the sutta you mention is one that gives in detail the way of mindfulness, from concentration/meditation on the breath onwards. It is readily available on the Web just by entering its title on google, and can be read in one sitting. I believe somewhere the Buddha said that even the simplest form of meditation - on the breath - can "lead to the highest." It is a Theravada text, I believe part of the Majjhima Nikaya (Middle Length Discourses)

The Dhammapada is a complete book of over 400 verses that is from another section of the Theravada Pali Canon. To my mind it is a complete overview of the Path, and speaks of the need for mindfulness without the specific details given in the sutta you mention.

I'm afraid that you must provide your own "detail"..... ;D

Anyway, there are a lot of good translations of the Dhammapada, dharmakara has mentioned one. There was one with a difference, by Thomas Cleary, that included his own commentary given from a Mahayana perspective, with various quotes from the zen/ch'an tradition etc. Sadly my copy, picked up cheap from a second hand bookshop, fell to bits and was lost in transit somewhere. Now I cannot seem to trace it at all as a published book.

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