The Dhammapada (Pali, translates as Path of the Dharma. Also Prakrit Dhamapada, Sanskrit Dharmapada) is a Buddhist religious scripture, containing 423 verses in 26 categories. According to tradition, these are answers to questions put to the Buddha on various occasions, most of which deal with ethics. A fifth century commentary by Buddhaghosa includes 305 stories which give context to the verses.
The Dhammapada is a popular section of the Pali Tipitaka and is considered one of the most important pieces of Theravada literature.
Although the Pali edition is the most well known, a Gandhari edition written in Kharosthi and a seemingly related text in Sanskrit known as the Udanavarga have also been discovered.
Excerpt from the Dhammapada
- Check your mind,
- Be on your guard,
- Pull yourself out,
- As an elephant from mud.
- — xxiii.8
- Brough, John. The Gandhari Dharmapada. Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Private Limited. Delhi, 2001. Dhammapada
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