I'm looking for translations of the Dhammapada that are freely available to quote in part or in full. I would like a variety of alternative translation so can anyone give a comprehensive list - online and/or printed publications.

Many Thanks

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Here's a list:

You can find many more Dhammapada PDF versions here.

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    Wow those are great.
    – user24100
    Sep 3, 2022 at 14:06


Eight translations side by side

  • Pāḷi Tipiṭaka (PTS) [1]
  • Pāḷi Tipiṭaka (CSCD) [2]
  • Translated from the Pali by Ven Nārada Thera ) [3]
  • Translated from the Pali by Ven. Ācharya Buddharakkhita ) [4]
  • Translated from the Pali by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu ) [5]
  • Translated from the Pali by Ven. Varado Bhikkhu ) [6]
  • Translated from the Pali by Friedrich Max Müller) [7]
  • Cited from DLMBS [8]

The Dhammapada: Verses and Stories

Dhammapada is one of the best known books of the Pitaka. It is a collection of the teachings of the Buddha expressed in clear, pithy verses. These verses were culled from various discourses given by the Buddha in the course of forty-five years of his teaching, as he travelled in the valley of the Ganges (Ganga) and the sub-mountain tract of the Himalayas. These verses are often terse, witty and convincing. Whenever similes are used, they are those that are easily understood even by a child, e.g., the cart's wheel, a man's shadow, a deep pool, flowers. Through these verses, the Buddha exhorts one to achieve that greatest of all conquests, the conquest of self; to escape from the evils of passion, hatred and ignorance; and to strive hard to attain freedom from craving and freedom from the round of rebirths. Each verse contains a truth (dhamma), an exhortation, a piece of advice.


  • This answer is not useful. OP asks for "a comprehensive list". Jun 24, 2020 at 2:27
  • Just Google it. I gave my best option here.
    – SarathW
    Jun 24, 2020 at 8:08
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    I thinks this answer is useful -- I don't think this one was mentioned in other answers, and this one is for various reasons one of my favourite editions.
    – ChrisW
    Jun 24, 2020 at 8:26

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