Publisher description for The Dhammapada : a new English translation with the Pali text, and the first English translation of the commentary's explanation of the verses with notes / translated from Sinhala sources and critical textual comments by John Ross Carter and Mahinda Palihawadana.


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The Dhammapada, the Pali version of one of the most popular texts of the Buddhist canon, also ranks among the classics of the world's religious literature. This critical edition presents to the English reader for the first time the Dhammapada as it has been known throughout the centuries.
With this volume, Carter and Palihawadana make a major contribution to the understanding of the Dhammapada, not only by presenting a new and accurate translation of the verses, but also by enabling readers to see the wake of this remarkable text through centuries of Buddhist tradition. In addition
to the original Pali, the editors provide a translation of the commentary on the verses and the subsequent brief explanations of verse and commentarial passages provided by Sinhala sources.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Tipi˛taka. -- Suttapi˛taka. -- Khuddakanikňaya. -- Dhammapada -- Commentaries.