Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, Translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita, Kindle, Epub, PDF, MP3

This translation of the Dhammapada by Venerable Acharya Buddharkkhita is highly regarded by many people for both it’s accuracy as well as readability. There are currently two editions in circulation:

  • The most recent is currently published by the Buddhist Publication Society. They have a regular and pocket version, both in paperback including the Pali as well as the translation. See the Source Page for ordering information. A must for every sutta library.
  • An older edition, originally published in 1985, is now available widely on line for free distribution. All of the digital versions found on this site originate from the one on AccessToInsight.org. Even though this edition does not include the revisions in the one mentioned above, it is still very useable.

1985 Edition, Free Electronic versions:

E-books: Kindle/Mobi, Epub

This version includes the introduction by Bhikkhu Bodhi as well as the footnotes. To ensure proper font rendering, choose the correct version for your device. Note: the table of contents may not render properly on e-pub reading devices.

Pali and English

This is the same translation as above, but with the original Pali included verse by verse.

PDF

Verses Only

The following two versions only include the Dhammapada verses themselves. Be sure to read Bhikkhu Bodhi’s introduction to this translation, not included in this version. (For a print version of the the introduction, see the next item)

  • Booklet format PDF: This version can be printed double sided onto 8.5×11 paper and then folded into a booklet (choose “flip on short edge” in printer settings)
  • Whole page format PDF: Simply print on 8.5×11 paper

Introduction and notes

This is only the introduction and notes without the verses

  • Booklet format Introduction only PDF: This version can be printed double sided onto 8.5×11 paper and then folded into a booklet (choose “flip on short edge” in printer settings)

MP3

An audio version of the 1985 edition can be downloaded from Audio Tipitaka (audtip.org), each chapter as its own file.

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