This Pariyatti Edition* is an anthology of 423 verses spoken by the Buddha, the Dhammapada serves as the perfect compendium of his teachings for study, reflection, and contemplation. This popular publication, originally published by the Buddhist Publication Society in 1990, transmits the spirit and content as well as the style of the original, skillfully combining clarity and vigor of expression with careful fidelity to the meaning. The inclusion of the Pali text gives students of Pali immediate access to the original.
A robust introduction by Bhikkhu Bodhi describes the structure of the Dhammapada and shows how the work embodies the essential teachings of the Buddha. He states, "Wherever [The Dhammapada] has become known its moral earnestness, realistic understanding of human life, aphoristic wisdom, and stirring message of a way to freedom from suffering has won for it the devotion and veneration of those responsive to the good and the true."
*Pariyatti Editions use stronger spines and thicker paper compared to past editions.