Easwaran's translation of this classic Buddhist text is the best-selling translation in the US. In the comprehensive 87-page introduction he brings the story of the young Prince Siddhartha and his heroic spiritual quest vividly to life. His overview of the Buddha's teachings is reliable, penetrating, and accessible.
The Buddha rejected superstition on the one hand and philosophical speculation on the other. He taught the path to the end of suffering, and showed how we can achieve lasting joy. In The Dhammapada he spells out our choices with a refreshing realism and frankness.
Easwaran’s translation is based on the oldest, best-known version in Pali. Chapter introductions place individual verses into the context of the broader Buddhist canon.
The audiobook contains the full Introduction and the translation of each of the verses, but omits the chapter introductions. It is read by Paul Bazely, a professional actor and longtime student of Easwaran. Music is by Yann Stoneman (a.k.a. Jan Shé), also an Easwaran student.