Yan Naing Soe Nyunt wrote:I am indecisive now which of the translations to be used, in order to preserve the essence of Theravada .
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I mainly just wanted to write thank you for your thoroughness in this task... there are some translations of the Dhammapada which are not particularly faithful to the original, as well as many done from outside the Theravada tradition. The use of poor translation(s) could have jeopardised the benefit derivable from your investigations.
“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)
What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)
"If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today." (Thomas Sowell)