The Dhammapada

The Sayings of Buddha
by Eknath Easwaran | Nigiri Press © 1986 · 208 pages

A core text of Buddhism, The Dhammapada literally means something along the lines of "the path of truth and righteousness" and is packed with wisdom. In this Note, we'll take a quick look at some central tenets of Buddhism (like the Four Noble Truths, nirvana, and the eightfold path) and soak up some Buddha mojo on how to rock our wisest lives.

“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

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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About the author


Eknath Easwaran

Easwaran taught passage meditation and his eight-point program to audiences around the world.