by Ajahn Munindo 2011 English

Preface to First Edition

Traveling through the central Scottish Highlands one can catch an inspiring glimpse of that sacred mountain of Celtic culture, Schiehallion. This rocky beauty can be viewed from many perspectives, each one uplifting. A sight caught in a break between clouds gives hints of grandeur; enshrouded in mist it appears solid and timeless; against a clear blue sky it seems like a towering devotional monument pointing in the direction of heaven. Occasionally, one might see clearly the whole of it reflected in a lock or in a puddle left by the rain.

The collection of sayings called the Dhammapada is a glimpse of the timeless truth offered by the Buddha over two and a half millennia ago. Viewed from the East,West, North or South, for the first, second or hundredth time, each occasion of viewing these truths is uniquely rewarding.

It is my hope that the perspective offered here via A Dhammapada for Contemplation will delight those who come across it and serve to encourage still further viewings from different perspectives. I trust that whatever glimpses of truth may be gained, however briefly, encourage all travelers to continue faring on.

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Excerpt From: Ajahn Munindo. “A Dhammapada for Contemplation.”