A commonly-found translation of the Dhammapada

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A commonly-found translation of the Dhammapada

Postby Mawkish1983 » Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:56 am

Is this translation of the Dhammapada any good?

http://www.thebigview.com/download/dhammapada.pdf

It's very prominent on the internet (a search for "Dhammapada pdf" on google puts it in the #1 position), but I can't find much information about the translator (Thomas Byrom) and I'm ashamed to say I've not heard of him (I'm not very well read).

Is this a good translation or is it worth sticking with the two found on accesstoinsight?

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Re: A commonly-found translation of the Dhammapada

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:03 pm

worth sticking with the two found on accesstoinsight


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Re: A commonly-found translation of the Dhammapada

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:25 pm

Mawkish1983 wrote:the translator (Thomas Byrom)


Ven Dhammanando has said that it is a very bad translation.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.

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Re: A commonly-found translation of the Dhammapada

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:02 pm

Ven Narada's translation is also reasonably accurate (though not particularly poetic), and includes summaries of the associated stories:
http://home.nethere.net/dsparks/narada/

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Re: A commonly-found translation of the Dhammapada

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:05 am

http://www.bodhgayanews.net/dhammapada.htm

nice list of several different translations but I tend to stick with the ones on Access to insight
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