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Dhammapada



DHAMMA VERSES








Dhammapada

DHAMMA VERSES


The Dhammapada is not a book to be read superficially like a novel and shelved aside. It should be read and re-read so that it may serve as a constant companion for inspiration, solace, and edification in times of need.

The Dhammapada was not preached by the Buddha in the present form. Three months after the Passing Away of the Buddha, the Arahants, who assembled at the First Convocation to rehearse the Teachings of the Buddha, collected some of the poetic utterances of the Buddha, which He expounded on different occasions, arranged and classified the treatise in its present form, naming it the Dhammapada.

The Dhammapada consists of 423 melodious Pali verses, organised in 26 chapters, uttered by the Buddha on about 300 occasions, to suit the temperaments of the listener in the course of His preaching tours during His ministry of forty-five years.

The gems of truth embodied in these texts aptly illustrate the moral and philosophical Teachings of the Buddha.




Chapter

Dhamma Verses

1

Yamaka Vagga — The Pairs

2

Appamàda Vagga — Heedfulness

3

Citta Vagga — Mind

4

Puppha Vagga — Flowers

5

Bàla Vagga — Fools

6

Pandita Vagga — The Wise

7

Arahanta Vagga — The Worthy

8

Sahassa Vagga — Thousands

9

Pàpa Vagga — Evil

10

Danda Vagga — The Rod Or Punishment

11

Jarà Vagga — Old Age

12

Atta Vagga — The Self

13

Loka Vagga — The World

14

Buddha Vagga — The Buddha

15

Sukha Vagga — Happiness

16

Piya Vagga — Affection

17

Kodha Vagga — Anger

18

Mala Vagga — Impurities Or Taints

19

Dhammaññha Vagga — The Just Or Righteous

20

Magga Vagga — The Way Or The Path

21

Pakinnaka Vagga — Miscellaneous

22

Niraya Vagga — Woeful State

23

Nàga Vagga — The Elephant

24

Tanhà Vagga — Craving

25

Bhikkhu Vagga — The Bhikkhu Or The Mendicant

26

Bràhmana Vagga — The Bràhmana






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