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I am kind of new to all of this and so obviously don't know Pali or much about the strengths of different translations of various texts. I am especially confused whenever I look at all the different editions and translations of the Dhammapada, it is a bit overwhelming to me! I have in a couple of places noticed that some editions translate various Pali terms into English/Western ones (e.g. translating Sangha as Church) and don't want to buy something that would lead to 'wrong understanding'. Could those of you who are more knowledgable about Pali/Text Translations tell me which Dhammapada translations are the better ones?
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Not sure if this one is in print form, but it has a traditional commentary and Bhikkhu Pesala based his version on Narada Mahathera's:http://www.aimwell.org/assets/Dhammapada.pdf
A more scholarly book from Oxford U. Press, translated by John Ross Carter, The Dhammapada
(500pp.), has the root text alone and then verse by verse with commentary & notes based on traditional commentaries.
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There is no simple answer to this question. Ven Pesala's update of Ven Narada's translation (and Ven Narada's original) give reliable translations of the meaning, and include the associated stories. It's also nice to have the Pali, so you can check on some of the terms yourself.
Some prefer some more "poetic" renderings, but some of the translations out there are truly horrendous.
There have been several discussions summarising the pros and cons of various versions: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.ph ... 75&start=0http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1025
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The one you read every morning.
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And on that note, I think we might close this topic.
If anyone has any further comments to make, please do so in one of the aforementioned pre-existing topics.
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