Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dhammapada Houstoniana: INTRODUCTION

Category Explanatory Post.  The Dhammapada is a famous book of 423 Buddhist verses.  It forms part of the Pali Cannon, the oldest collection of scriptures still in existence. 

The Dhammapada's verses are little snippets of wisdom analogous in their general idea to the Book of Proverbs.  Their short versified format makes them adaptable to transformative works.  I've created this kind of derivative which I have titled "The Dhammapada Houstoniana", tagline "Excerpts from the classic Buddhist scripture contemplated within the context of life on the upper Texas coast".  Because Blogger does not allow content hosting at this time, the only way I can publish it on this blog is via PDF conversion and uploading of individual JPGs, which I'll post sequentially as reflective pieces from time to time.

Meanwhile, if you are an educator or would otherwise like a complete PDF copy of this volume, please email me via southhoustonsangha - at - gmail. 

Note that I produced this volume for nonprofit educational uses only.  I've abided by "Fair Use" precedents of U.S. copyright law in reproducing minor amounts of nonqualified copyrighted content, namely certain other authors' Pali translations of verses (those by Thanissaro Bikkhu and Acharya Buddharakkhita were produced with a qualifying blanket provision permitting nonprofit uses with attribution). 

I have always believed that the upper Texas coast is undersold and under-appreciated as a place in which natural beauty can be found, if only people would take the time to look.  It's not in-your-face majestic like the Rocky Mountains or postcard-picturesque like many other American geographies, but it has a subtropical vibrancy which I do find inspiringly spiritual.  Perhaps after viewing my image macro collection (all but two of the photos are mine), you'll acquire a deeper view of the subtle beauty that surrounds us as well.

Here is the cover and introductory page.  About fifty individual verses will follow gradually in future posts.

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