The Dhammapada

The path of the Dhamma

The Dhammapada consists of 423 verses in Pali uttered by the Buddha on some 305 occasions for the benefit of a wide range of human beings. These sayings were selected and compiled into one book as being worthy of special note on account of their beauty and relevance for moulding the lives of future generations of Buddhists. They are divided into 26 chapters and the stanzas are arranged according to subject matter.


  1. The Pairs (verses 1-20)

  2. Heedfulness (verses 21-32)

  3. The Mind (verses 33-43)

  4. Flowers (verses 44-59)

  5. The Fool (verses 60-75)

  6. The Wise Man (verses 76-89)

  7. The Perfected One (verses 90-99)

  8. The Thousands (verses 100-115)

  9. Evil (verses 116-128)

  10. Violence (verses 129-145)

  11. Old Age (verses 146-156)

  12. The Self (verses 157-166)

  13. The World (verses 167-178)

  14. The Buddha (verses 179-196)

  15. Happiness (verses 197-208)

  16. Affection (verses 209-220)

  17. Anger (verses 221-234)

  18. Impurity (verses 235-255)

  19. The Just (verses 256-272)

  20. The Path (verses 273-289)

  21. Miscellaneous (verses 290-305)

  22. The State of Woe (verses 306-319)

  23. The Elephant (verses 320-333)

  24. Craving (verses 334-359)

  25. The Monk (verses 360-382)

  26. The Holy Man (verses 383-423)


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