the dhammapada, the earliest written sayings of the buddha

Under the Bodhi tree where the Buddha reached enlightenment.
Under the Bodhi tree where the Buddha reached enlightenment.

The Buddha’s teachings were not written down while he was alive.  They had  initially been transmitted orally.  Eventually they were written down in Pali, a language close to what the Buddha would have spoken.  These succinct teachings, known as the Dhammapada are the closest to the original sayings of the Buddha.

http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/dhammapada.html

A reading of the Dhammapada

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD6TCxizFjs

A modern musical interpretation of the Dhammapada by Ronald Corp

http://ronaldcorp.com/#/dhammapada-press/4547509168

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