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The Dhammapada
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Valerie J. Roebuck
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The Dhammapada

Valerie J. Roebuck



Sacred texts;
Literature, Poetry & Criticism


320 pages

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'Though you might conquer in battle A thousand times a thousand men, You're the greatest battle winner If you conquer just one-yourself' One of the best-known and best-loved works of Buddhist literature, the Dhammapada forms part of the oldest surviving body of Buddhist writings, and is traditionally regarded as the authentic teachings of the Buddha himself, spoken by him in his lifetime, and memorized and handed on by his followers after his death. A collection of simple verses gathered in themes such as 'awareness', 'fools' and 'old age', the Dhammapada is accessible, instructional and mind-clearing, with lessons in each verse to give ethical advice and to remind the listener of the transience of life. Valerie Roebuck's new translation is accompanied by an introduction examining the language of the Dhammapada, its status as literature and the school of Buddhist teaching from which it comes. This edition also includes extracts from related literature from other early Buddhist schools, notes, suggested further reading and a glossary.

Translated and introduced by VALERIE J. ROEBUCK

Translated by:   Valerie J. Roebuck
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   236g
ISBN:   9780140449419
ISBN 10:   0140449418
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   December 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Valerie Roebuck was born in Hertfordshire in 1950. She studied at the University of Cambridge, where she was awarded a BA (Hons) in Oriental Studies, specializing in Sanskrit and other Indian languages, and a Ph.D. for a thesis on South Indian Bronzes. A freelance scholar and lecturer, she is an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Manchester. Dr Roebuck has a broad interest in Indian language, culture and religion. She is a Buddhist, practising and teaching meditation in the Samatha tradition and is involved in interfaith work in Manchester. Her previous publications include The Circle of Stars: An Introduction to Indian Astrology, and she has translated The Upanishads for Penguin Classics.

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