Translating the Dhammapada

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Translating the Dhammapada

Postby altar » Mon May 23, 2011 7:08 pm

Dear all,
I am working on a translation of the Dhammapada from English to Spanish. I want to understand the meanings of the text as well as possible so I want to buy an English-Pali version, with both texts in full, for easy comparison. I'm thinking of getting this version, http://www.amazon.com/Dhammapada-Introductory-English-Translation-Collection/dp/0195640802, by Radhakrishnan, but I want something accurate, so if anyone has any ideas about which one to get, please let me know.

I am using Thomas Byrom's rendering. Although the first verses in particular clash with my understanding, I am working it out with a Bhikkhu who has requested it. Much of it is very poetic.

Later on I hope to share more or ask for help from Spanish speakers in particular.
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Re: Translating the Dhammapada

Postby Jhana4 » Mon May 23, 2011 7:13 pm

Do you read Pali?
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.
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Re: Translating the Dhammapada

Postby altar » Mon May 23, 2011 7:22 pm

No, but I know a lot of words.
Maybe I should get a basic grammar book, too.
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Re: Translating the Dhammapada

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon May 23, 2011 7:33 pm

How's that Italian Dhammapada I lent you working out? Happy belated Vesak!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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Re: Translating the Dhammapada

Postby Kare » Mon May 23, 2011 7:53 pm

This website should be useful to you:

http://buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw/BDLM/en/ ... _pali3.htm

I only wish I had it back in 1974/75, when I translated the Dhammapada into Norwegian.
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Re: Translating the Dhammapada

Postby Dmytro » Mon May 23, 2011 7:55 pm

Dear Altar,

altar wrote:I am working on a translation of the Dhammapada from English to Spanish. I want to understand the meanings of the text as well as possible so I want to buy an English-Pali version, with both texts in full, for easy comparison. I'm thinking of getting this version, http://www.amazon.com/Dhammapada-Introductory-English-Translation-Collection/dp/0195640802, by Radhakrishnan, but I want something accurate, so if anyone has any ideas about which one to get, please let me know.


I would recommend the edition with classical commentaries:

http://www.amazon.com/Dhammapada-Saying ... 24-5024023

The stories are also helpful:
http://www.thisismyanmar.com/nibbana/dmpada.htm
http://www.archive.org/search.php?query ... pe%3Atexts

Translation by Ven. Buddharakkhita:
http://www.reocities.com/Tokyo/Pagoda/2541/

Best wishes, Dmytro
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Re: Translating the Dhammapada

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon May 23, 2011 8:07 pm

How about some of the existing Spanish translations?

http://www.amazon.com/Dhammapada-Spanis ... 8476408161
http://www.amazon.com/Dhammapada-Spanis ... 9500710625
http://www.amazon.com/Dhammapada-camino ... 9681672739
http://openlibrary.org/books/OL13285799 ... Edition%29

Or did you want to make one with Spanish on one side and Pali on the other?

Either way, good luck and hope it is successful.
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Re: Translating the Dhammapada

Postby LABuddhist » Sat May 26, 2012 4:21 pm

I'm wondering if you've completed the translation. thanks.
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