Textual analysis and comparative discussion on early Buddhist sects and texts.
There is an other version of the Dhammapada, which is longer (and compiled latter) than the Pali version. It is called the Udanavarga. This may be of interest to some: https://www2.hf.uio.no/polyglotta/index ... w=fulltext
What is the use of his knowledge
pertaining to the number of insects in the whole world?
Rather, inquire into his knowledge of
that which is to be practised by us
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.
Níl sa saol seo ach ceo
There is naught in this life but mist
Is ní bheimid beo ach seal beag gearr.
And we will not be alive but a short hard time.
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Many thanks Tilt!
Would you or one of the other mods/admins kindly pin this thread?
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I hadn't heard of the text so I looked it up. I'll save others some time by giving the gist of the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udanavarga
The Udānavarga has around 1100 verses in 33 chapters. The chapter titles are:
Comparatively, the most common version of the Dhammapada, in Pali, has 423 verses in 26 chapters. Comparing the Udānavarga, Pali Dhammapada and the Gandhari Dharmapada, Brough (2001) identifies that the texts have in common 330 to 340 verses, 16 chapter headings and an underlying structure.
The Udānavarga is attributed to the Sarvāstivādins.
Hinuber suggests that a text similar to the Pali Canon's Udāna formed the original core of the Sanskrit Udānavarga, to which verses from the Dhammapada were added. Brough allows for the hypothesis that the Udānavarga, the Pali Dhammapada and the Gandhari Dharmapada all have a "common ancestor" but underlines that there is no evidence that any one of these three texts might have been the "primitive Dharmapada" from which the other two evolved.
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Comparative version of the various editions of the Dhammapada (which includes Udanavarga too)http://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/B ... /index.htm
Buddhists Texts in Brahmi Script : http://www.virtualvinodh.com/brahmi-lipitva
yo dharmaṁ paśyati, sa buddhaṁ paśyati
One who sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha
na pudgalo na ca skandhā buddho jñānamanāsravam
sadāśāntiṁ vibhāvitvā gacchāmi śaraṇaṁ hyaham
Neither a person nor the aggregates, the Buddha, is knowledge free from [evil] outflows
Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]
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