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Dhammapada in Pali, Dharmapada in Sanskrit. A sutra consisting of two sections and 39 chapters, with 423 short verses of the Buddha, teachings given at various times and places. It is regarded as the "original" teaching of the Buddha, which can be used for reference, moral instruction and inspiration. It was composed by Dharmatrata in 400-300 B.C.
Famous scripture of 423 verses.
The best known of all the Buddhist scriptures; a collection of 423 verses, spoken by the Buddha, that focuses on the value of ethical conduct and mental training
The second book of the Khuddaka Nikaya
of the Sutta Pitaka.
It is probably a later anthology than
the Thera Theri Gatha, and its earliest mention by name is in the Milinda panha
It includes gathas collected together
from various books in the Canon, but contains hardly any from the Jataka
collection, or directly derived from the Sutta Nipata.
The present text of the Dhammapada
contains four hundred and twenty three verses divided into twenty six vaggas.
So far, five recensions of the
Dhammapada have been discovered. (For details see Law: Pali Lit., pp.215f).
A commentary on it exists called the
The Dhammapada (Pali; Prakrit: Dhamapada; Sanskrit Dharmapada) is a versified Buddhist scripture traditionally ascribed to the Buddha himself. It is one of the best known texts from the Theravada canon.
According to tradition, the Dhammapadas verses were spoken by the Buddha on various occasions. Most verses deal with ethics. The text is part of the Khuddaka Nikaya of the Sutta Pitaka, although over half of the verses exist in other parts of the Pali Canon. A 4th or 5th century CE commentary attributed to Buddhaghosa includes 305 stories which give context to the verses.
Although the Pali edition is the best known, a number of other versions are known:
- Gandhari Dharmapada - a version possibly of Dharmaguptaka or Kasyapiya origin in Gandhari written in Kharosthi script
- Patna Dharmapada - a version in Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit, most likely Sammatiya
- Udanavarga - a seemingly related Mula Sarvastivada or Sarvastivada text in
- 3 Sanskrit versions
- a Tibetan translation, which is popular in traditional Tibetan Buddhism
- Mahavastu - a Lokottaravada text with parallels to verses in the Pali Dhammapadas Sahassa Vagga and Bhikkhu Vagga.
- Fajiu jing - 4 Chinese works; one of these appears to be an expanded translation of the Pali version; this has not traditionally been very popular.
The Dhammapada is considered one of the most popular pieces of Theravada literature. A critical edition of the Dhammapada was produced by Danish scholar Viggo Fausboll in 1855, becoming the first Pali text to receive this kind of examination by the European academic community.
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