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An Amazing and Insightful Teaching of the Dhammapada
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2018
My religious roots are from the Christian faith. It was at a rather young age in my teens, that I began to question the doctrines of Christianity, such as an eternal hell. I some how never believed that one would go to hell forever, that they would some how have another life to redeem themselves. I even believe that I have had my share of past lives.
I first read Max Muller's "Wisdom of the Buddha - The Unabridged Dhammapada" and I was immersed by Buddha's teachings. So much depth in the wisdom, yet so many unanswered questions for me. I also felt that I had much self work to do and much detachment from selfish desires to even call myself a Buddhist.
I then discovered Eknath Easwaran's translation of "The Dhammpada" and I became even further immersed in the life of Prince Siddhartha - Buddha. I really like how Easwaran first explains the life of Buddha in the introduction of this book. How being born into royalty and how at the age of twenty-nine, Buddha became exposed to the suffering of this world. To abandon a privileged life and seek an answer to end all suffering. It is a beautiful life and story that Easwaran explains in a high intellect and articulation. It was liberating for me to learn in this book that even Buddha before his illumination, realized that austerity was not the path to enlightenment. That the path to enlightenment was in choosing The Middle Path - to roll The Wheel of Dharma in the Eightfold Path.
Each chapter of this Dhammapada is first introduced by S. Ruppenthal in a language and voice as if you are listening to a master tell the story of Buddha. Then to read the enlightening words of Buddha that puts answers on life's biggest questions. How one does minimize and eliminate suffering. I have never found such answers in the Christian faith as I have in this book. Truly one dissolves karma and suffering in the Eightfold Path as well as lose selfish desires in meditation. I have learned that in this book. It has been life changing.