I think I found this book in WaldenBooks when I was in ninth grade.When the others in my age group were more interested in parties and clothes I was more interested in finding Divine Truth and that is what this book was to me.An awakening and an awareness of many things I had never before understood.The words of Buddha are poetic and truthful.Truths that would make this world a place of beauty to live in.If only more people would read this book and genuinely take what is said to heart.
Shakyamuni Buddha (Siddhartha) lived 2500 years ago and left this set of sayings or Dharmapada. Dharma means "Laws, truth, virtue" and "pada" means "way or path". Byrom's fantastic translation makes it so captivating for the reader because it is concise without verbosity, easy to read and easy to relate to. Shakyamuni's message is not tainted with overbearing explanations but comes as quick and sharp with great wit and logical sense. In addition to this, this translation openly embraces all walks of life---making it relevant to both the laity and the ascetic. Purchase this book and read Shakyamuni's wisdom so that you may apply it to your own.