“Dhammapada means something like ‘the path of dharma’—of truth, of righteousness, of the central law that all of life is one.”
~ Eknath Easwaran from The Dhammapada
Eknath Easwaran, the brilliant translator and editor of this translation of the The Dhammapada (along with my favorite translation of the Bhagavad Gita) says that if all the sutras had been lost but the The Dhammapada, it alone would be sufficient for us to grasp the essence of Buddhism.
In this Note, we’ll take a super quick look at Buddhism (in the book, Easwaran covers The Four Noble Truths, dharma, karma, nirvana, etc.) and then jump in to some of my favorite Big Ideas.
If you haven’t read or studied Buddhism (and especially, perhaps, if you have), this book is *incredible*. Easwaran has a remarkably warm style that reflects the spirit of a man who walked with Gandhi back in the day in his native India before heading to Berkeley where he started one of the early western meditation centers.
So, let’s jump in!
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