"The Dhammapada" is the most revered sacred text in the Buddhist world. Often attributed to the Buddha himself, these inspirational verses convey the fundamental Buddhist teachings. For more than two thousand years, Buddhists of all traditions have relied on it as a source of wisdom and guidance. Aside from its role in Buddhism, the "Dhammapada" is also important as one of the earliest collections of ancient Indian poetry. Modern readers seldom realize that the Buddha and his disciples often used poetry to convey their teachings and their emotional inspiration with spiritual life. Gil Fronsdal brings a unique understanding to this fresh new translation. As a scholar and a long time meditator and an experienced Dharma teacher, he offers a depth of appreciation and reverence for the text that is informed by academic rigor. Both accessible and accurate, this new translation of the "Dhammapada" is likely to stand apart from the others.
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Author Biography - Gil Fronsdal
Gil Fronsdal has practiced Zen and Insight Meditation since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford University. He has trained in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition (San Francisco Zen Center with Suzuki Roshi) and the Insight Meditation school of Theravada Buddhism from Southeast Asia. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers' collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He has been the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center, in Redwood City, Calif., since 1990. He is a husband and father of two boys.