Questions tagged [dhammapada]

Short poetic text in the Pali canon found in the Khuddaka Nikaya of the Sutta Pitaka, Many translations available and one of the most widely known of the early canonical texts.

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Why is the Buddha described as trackless?

In the Dhammapada, within the Buddhavagga section, the Buddha is described as being trackless. By what track can you trace that trackless Buddha of limitless range, whose victory nothing can undo,...
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Is modern capitalism inherently opposed to Buddhism?

In the Dhammapada in the chapter 20 - The Path it says "I will make this my winter home have another house for the monsoon and dwell in a third for during the summer". Lost in such fancies, one ...
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Why is the first lines of the Dhammapada twin verses sometimes translated using the word 'heart'?

In most of the translations of the Dhammapada I have read the first lines of the Twin Verses (first chapter) are rendered using the words mind or thoughts. For instance this translation by ...
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Relationships with fools: Interpreting the Dhammapada

Dhammapada Verse 61: If a person seeking a companion cannot find one who is better than or equal to him, let him resolutely go on alone; there can be no companionship with a fool. This is ...
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Managing Dearness

Chapter 16 of The Dhammapada seems to say that we should let nothing and no-one be dear. From this translation: Practicing what one shouldn't, Not practicing what one should, Having abandoned the ...
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Source of quotation from Buddhaghosa about Buddha being trackless

Radhakrishnan's edition of The Dhammapada provides the following quotation from Buddhaghosa as a commentary on Verse 179 (Chapt, 14, 1 Buddhavagga) where the Buddha is described as apadam trackless/...