Rewriting the Buddha

Rewriting the Buddha Book Details

By Susan Brassfield Cogan

  • Category: Buddhism, Books, Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction, Philosophy
  • Type: ebook
  • Release Date: 2012-05-01
  • Author: Susan Brassfield Cogan
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Rewriting the Buddha Summary

So I told myself the Dhammapada is one of the oldest books of Buddhist thought. I should read it. What I wanted was a nice simple readable version that I could dip into. The Dhammapada isn’t something you read straight through like a novel. It’s basically a collection of aphorisms, little short sayings, like a box of really, really good fortune cookies.

I quickly discovered that most translations are completely unreadable, some more than others. A few of the more modern ones attempt to clarify the language—I don’t think I’m the first person to notice the readability problem. However, I may be the first person that noticed the problem who was a writer and not a translator.