The Dhamapada Essay

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The Dhamapada The Dhammapada is a collection of teachings from the Buddha. The style of the Dhamapada is one of short metaphorical verses. The idea behind metaphors is to cultivate a certain feeling or thought from the reader, and the thing is that not all readers will receive the same message. The fact that the Dhamapada is written in short metaphorical verses allows for its readers to take in a plethora of teachings little by little, and to form their own unique understanding of the writing. Being that the text is written in this way, cultivates its success within Buddhism through time because one does not need to be a scholar to understand its meaning, and being open to all sorts of meanings allow each passage to adapt to current understandings or situations. When I first started reading the Dhamapada, I was ignorant of everything that would be inside of the texts so, I am able to form my own personal opinion on the way in which the text is organized. Right from the beginning of the text, it was clear that to be able to truly understand what I was reading, was going to take multiple readings and deep thought. At first I was against the short verses that seemed to contradict one another because just like the majority of people in this world, I wanted to rush through things and get it done as soon as possible. I was not able to see that this was not a text that needed to be rushed through; I needed to take things slow and let everything sink in. As I came to realize that, I started to notice the advantages of the text being written in short verses. For instance, the very first verse of the Dhamapada is, “what we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our mind” (Mascaro 35). This passage stuck with me throughout the text and I came to learn that this was the whole idea

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