Oct 19, James rated it it was ok. I normally enjoy Tai Sheridan's work; he has a talent for taking complex spiritual ideas and making them accessible and understandable. I like to read his books when I need a sort of "spiritual jump start," and his books are most useful when one has at least a basic understanding of the topic already.
But this book was difficult and cumbersome. In his introduction, he explains that it shouldn't replace the Dhammapada; this isn't a translation, it's more of an interpretation.
Sherridan's intent i I normally enjoy Tai Sheridan's work; he has a talent for taking complex spiritual ideas and making them accessible and understandable. Sherridan's intent is to reproduce the basic ideas of that sacred text in the simplest way possible--a nice goal, but I don't think he achieved it here. The issue here is that he's made it too simple. The language is stilted and jarring; there is no punctuation at all, and the text simply doesn't flow.
You'll have several lines of poetry made up of nouns with no verbs at all; the result is language that sounds forced, confusing, and meaningless. I can see what he was going for here: taking these extremely complicated ideas and putting them into as few words as possible to get the kernel of wisdom across to the reader. Unfortunately, he's taken it a step too far, and we're left with a text that is nigh unreadable. Instead of being simple and accessible as intended and as most of his work is , the reader with no experience of the Dhammapada will find themselves working hard to wrest meaning from every line.
I get the impression that reading this is actually more difficult than reading the original. On the other hand, if I had approached this after reading the original translated text, I imagine I would have got more out of it. I'm still a fan of Sherridan and would recommend any of his other books, but I would give this one a pass. May 07, Andrew Olsen rated it really liked it Shelves: my-ebooks , my-books This book has it's strengths and its flaws.
It is tough to get into the flow of broken free verse but once you get used to the stop and go style there are some excellent words, phrases, and ideas. The translation is at the same time modern and literal.
Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Poet Tai Sheridan is a Zen priest in the Shunryu Suzuki The Bare Bones Dhammapada: Big Mind Big Love Kindle Edition. by. Poet Tai Sheridan is a Zen priest in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage. He trained with San Francisco Zen Center, Dharma Eye Zen Center, Berkeley Zen Center, Zen.
Modern word usage with a ever so literal phraseology. My only criticism is the breaking away of the monastic, the asceticism and other ideas that would have made the flow better. In the end no matter how you try you cannot separate the good from t This book has it's strengths and its flaws. In the end no matter how you try you cannot separate the good from the bad, the hard to understand from the easy to comprehend. No great works of religion or philosophical thought should be segregated from the culture and history of the times it changes meaning and of not done right modifies the intent of the text.
If you want to read this book without prior knowledge of Buddhist thought, this book will be hard to get through and appear quite confusing. Jan 14, P. Dexheimer rated it it was ok. Tai Sheridan delivers another decent interpretation of the Dhammapada. This would be good for someone wanting a quick taste of what the actual text of the of the Dhammapada has to offer.
Problem is It is an interpretation not a translation.
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