The well loved Dhammapada is one of the oldest Buddhist texts on walking the path of enlightenment, love, integrity, and kindness. It contains four hundred twenty-three aphorisms attributed to Buddha, although they were most likely compiled by many. Poet-Philosopher and Zen Priest Tai Sheridan transforms the original using contemporary and minimalistic images that cut to the chase of Buddha's wisdom.
Even though the Dhammapada is a Buddhist classic of great beauty and wisdom, it is burdened by the stylistic and conceptual dust of the early and middle ages. This version strips the Dhammapada of monasticism, literalness, chauvinism, anachronisms, and conceptualizations of evil, shame, and sensual denial. It presents the path of wisdom as universal truths for a contemporary audience of any gender, lifestyle, or spiritual inclination.
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I wanted to better understand Buddhism, Christianity, Baha’i Faith, Islam and other religions. This book was helpful in that effort inasmuch as you give yourself the opportunity to hear “God’s Melody” with the simpler phrases presented in the book. It seems this is also a good book for the atheist that want moral guidance but doesn’t believe in God.
I have been looking for a gender-neutral rendition of the D-pada for over a year and this fits the bill for me. I admire the brevity of words and I think the author is very creative and amazingly insightful!