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The Path of Wisdom
A Christian Commentary on the Dhammapada
PAPERBACK; Published: 5/2/2011
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6677-6
392 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6.25 x 9.25
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Series: Christian Commentaries on Non Christian Sacred Texts (CCNST)

The Dhammapada is Buddhism's most beloved compendium of the Buddha's sayings. It is memorized by thousands of monks, nuns, and laypeople, and it is chanted daily by millions of pious Buddhists. The Path of Wisdom presents this distillation of the Buddha's wisdom in a fresh translation together with an explanation of the Buddhist context in dialogue with wisdom from the Bible and the Christian monastic and spiritual traditions. In continuity with the long tradition of seeking wisdom through the exchange of insights and experience, this work explores the possibilities that arise when Christianity engages the profound teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha. Above all, what this text uncovers is that both wisdom traditions speak piercingly relevant words to us today, and that placing them together in conversation yields surprising insights.
Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, Frederick J. Streng Book Award (2011)
Reviews in Religion and Theology
"An important text. . . . It will prove a delightful read for anyone interested in comparative theology, Buddhism, or Christian spirituality. . . . The book is absolutely essential for anyone seeking to study or teach Buddhism from a Western perspective. . . . Sure to become a classic."
Religious Studies Review
"The volume stands as an exemplar of interreligious prudence and should interest Buddhists, Christians, and those soberly committed to doing theology in the presence of others."