Venerable Narada’s translation is regarded as being accurate and readable, but the language is perhaps a bit older than Acharya Buddharakkita’s version. It can often be found as a free distribution book that includes the translation, Pali, notes, and summaries from the commentary stories. An on-line version of the text can be found here. Other free electronic versions can be found below:
- Booklet PDF, print double sided onto 8.5×11 paper and fold to make a booklet (choose “flip on short edge” in printer settings). This edition does not include the story summaries or footnotes from the original.
- Whole Page format PDF, verses only. Print on 8.5×11 paper. Otherwise the text is the same as above.
Epub, Mobi/Kindle: Verse Only
This is the verses only of the original translation by Venerable Narada Maha Thera
- Kindle/Mobi ~ Dhammapada: Verses Only, by Venerable Narada Maha Thera, 1971, free.
- Epub ~ Dhammapada: Verses Only, by Venerable Narada Maha Thera, 1971, free.
Epub: With Commentary Stories
Bhikkhu Pesala has revised the translation of the verses and commentary stories and made it available as both an Epub and PDF on aimwell.org. If you need a version to read on a Kindle, you can easily use software called Calibre to convert the epub into mobi.
Note: Please do not re-distribute these files as corrections/improvements are made from time to time. Please just link to this page.