Translated from the Pali by Friedrich Max Müller.
A Collection of Verses
Being One of the Canonical Books of the Buddhists.
From The Sacred Books of the East. Translated by Various Oriental Scholars.
Edited by F. Max Müller. Volume X: Part I.
(Pāli, sometimes translated as Path of the Dharma
. Also Prakrit Dhamapada, Sanskrit Dharmapada
) is a Buddhist scripture, containing 423 verses in 26 categories. According to tradition, these are verses spoken by the Buddha on various occasions, most of which deal with ethics. A fourth or fifth century commentary attributed to Buddhaghosa includes 305 stories which give context to the verses.
is a popular section of the Pāli Tipitaka and is considered one of the most important pieces of Theravada literature.
Although the Pāli 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.
Despite being a primarily Theravada text, the Dhammapada is read by many Mahayana Buddhists and remains a very popular text across all schools of Buddhism.
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