The Dhammapada by Gil Fronsdal
A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations

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is the most widely read Buddhist scripture in existence, enjoyed by both
Buddhists and non-Buddhists. This classic text of teaching verses from the
earliest period of Buddhism in India conveys the philosophical and practical
foundations of the Buddhist tradition. The text presents two distinct goals for
leading a spiritual life: the first is attaining happiness in this life (or in
future lives); the second goal is the achievement of spiritual liberation,
freedom, absolute peace. Many of the key themes of the verses are presented in
dichotomies or pairs, for example, grief and suffering versus joy; developing
the mind instead of being negligent about one's mental attitude and conduct;
virtuous action versus misconduct; and being truthful versus being deceitful.
The purpose of these contrasts is, very simply, to describe the difference
between what leads to desirable outcomes and what does not.

centuries, this text has been studied in its original Pali, the canonical
language of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. This fresh new translation from Insight
Mediation teacher and Pail translator Gil Fronsdal is both highly readable and
scholarly authoritative. With extensive explanatory notes, this edition
combines a rigorous attention to detail in bringing forth the original text
with the translator's personal knowledge of the Buddhist path. It is the first
truly accurate and highly readable translation of this text to be published in


About Gil Fronsdal

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Gil is the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California; he has been teaching since 1990. He has practiced Zen and Vipassana in the U.S. and Asia since 1975. He was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985, and in 1989 began training with Jack Kornfield to be a Vipassana teacher. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. Gil has an undergraduate degree in agriculture from U.C. Davis where he was active in promoting the field of sustainable farming. In 1998 he received a PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Gil teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he is part of its Teachers Collective. He is a husband and a father of two boys. You may listen to Gil's talks at
Published February 3, 2012 by Shambhala Publications. 187 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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