Essence of the Dhammapada

The Buddha's Call to Nirvana

Eknath Easwaran

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The Dhammapada is practical, free from speculation and theory. It’s suitable for people living in the world, with a family, a career, and all the problems of daily life. Most of the Buddhist scriptures are addressed to monks and nuns,

The Dhammapada is addressed to all, and if we look at the Buddha’s life, we see that those attracted to him were often ordinary men and women like you and me. In later centuries the body of Buddhist scripture grew to be more voluminous than the Bible, but I would say that we need nothing more than
The Dhammapada to answer the Buddha’s call to nirvana. It is the perfect map for the spiritual journey.

– Eknath Easwaran

Eknath Easwaran (1910-1999) grew up in India and studied both Sanskrit and Pali, the simplified version of Sanskrit that was spoken by the Buddha. He was chairman of the English department at a major Indian university when he came to the United States on a Fulbright fellowship in 1959.

In 1961 Easwaran founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation in California, and in 1967, at the University of California, Berkeley, he taught the first academic course on meditation ever offered for credit at a major American university. From the mid 1970s onwards, Easwaran held classes on the core Buddhist scripture, the Dhammapada, in addition to his talks on meditation, world mysticism, and spiritual living.

A gifted teacher, he was able to anticipate the problems that Western readers may have with the concepts underlying the classics of Indian spirituality, and to explain them in fresh and profoundly simple ways. Easwaran's translations of the Indian classics, the Dhammapada, The Bhagavad Gita, and The Upanishads, are all best-selling editions in English. His books have been translated into 25 languages, and more than 1.5 million copies are in print.

"Our favorite translation is Eknath Easwaran's "The Dhammapada." His Indian heritage, literary gifts, and spiritual sensibilities here produce a sublime rendering of the words of the Buddha. Verse after verse shimmers with quiet, confident authority."- Huston Smith & Philip Novak, [Reviewing Easwaran's translation, "The Dhammapada, " in "Buddhism"]


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 302
Erscheinungsdatum 17.10.2013
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-58638-097-7
Reihe Wisdom of India
Verlag KNV Besorgung
Maße (L/B/H) 20.8/12.6/2.5 cm
Gewicht 361 g


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