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धम्मपद अट्ठकथा - Dhammapada Atthakatha in Pali Volume-1 (An Old and Rare Book)

धम्मपद अट्ठकथा - Dhammapada Atthakatha in Pali Volume-1 (An Old and Rare Book)
Item Code: MZS144
Author: C.S. Upasak
Publisher: Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Bihar
Language: Pali
Edition: 1973
Pages: 252
Other Details: 9.50 X 6.00 inch
The Dhammapada, an anthology containing only 423 verses or Gathas, is the most popular and best known text of the Pali Tipitaka. It is a collection of verses of ethical significance. Most of the verses are traceable from other texts of the Tipitaka. In some of the Theravada countries the Dhammapada has gained so much importance that a Samanera (Novice) is required to memorise this text by heart before he receives his higher ordination, the Upasampada. Because of its ethical values, this book has been rendered into Prakirt, mixed Sanskrit, Sanskrit and Chinese. The recension of the Prakirt Dhammapada in Kharosthi Script of about first or second century A. D. on birch-bark was discoverd in Khotan in 1892. It is considered to be the oldest surviving manuscript of an Indian text.

The Dhammapada is one of the fifteen books grouped under the Khuddakanikaya, the fifth of the Nikayas, others being the Digha, the Majjhima, the Samyutta and the Anguttara. The 423 verses of this book have been grouped into 26 Vaggas or sections. All the verses are detached but they are grouped into Vaggas according to their subject matters. It is generally believed that the formation of these Vaggas or sections is the work of the compiler or editor.

Each verse of the Dhammapada has been taken from different texts of the Tipitaka, some traceable and some not. And so they embody the words of the Buddha, at least the actual spirit of his teachings. In order to understand as to when, to whom and under what circumstances Lord Buddha uttered these verses; it is expedient to look into the commentary or the Atthakatha written on this text.

In fact the Atthakathas or Commentaries written on the Pali Tipitaka are of paramount importance to have a clear comprehension of the scripture. It is generally believed that the Atthakathas came into being sometime in 4th and 5th centuries A. D. based on Sihala Atthakatha (Commentaries in Sinhalese) already in Ceylon. Besides their literary and religious significance, these Atthakath7s are very important and reliable sources of information so far as our political and cultural history is concerned.

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