Dhammapada chapter 8: parallel texts

Lyrics for “Thousands” compared with literal and poetical translations of the Dhammapada.

more info is at Dhammapada Songs: Liner Notes.

The Dhammapada, translated
by Acharya Buddharakkhita, 1985.
(read at Access to Insight)
The Dhammapada,
rendered by Thomas Byrom, 1976.
(read online)
Dhammapada Songs #2,
by R Ferriss, 2017.
(read/listen at Bandcamp)
THE THOUSANDS
100. Better than a thousand useless words is one useful word, hearing which one attains peace.

101. Better than a thousand useless verses is one useful verse, hearing which one attains peace.

102. Better than reciting a hundred meaningless verses is the reciting of one verse of Dhamma, hearing which one attains peace.

103. Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, yet he indeed is the noblest victor who conquers himself.

104-105. Self-conquest is far better than the conquest of others. Not even a god, an angel, Mara or Brahma can turn into defeat the victory of a person who is self-subdued and ever restrained in conduct.

106. Though month after month for a hundred years one should offer sacrifices by the thousands, yet if only for a moment one should worship those of perfected minds that honor is indeed better than a century of sacrifice.

107. Though for a hundred years one should tend the sacrificial fire in the forest, yet if only for a moment one should worship those of perfected minds, that worship is indeed better than a century of sacrifice.

108. Whatever gifts and oblations one seeking merit might offer in this world for a whole year, all that is not worth one fourth of the merit gained by revering the Upright Ones, which is truly excellent.

109. To one ever eager to revere and serve the elders, these four blessing accrue: long life and beauty, happiness and power.

110. Better it is to live one day virtuous and meditative than to live a hundred years immoral and uncontrolled.

111. Better it is to live one day wise and meditative than to live a hundred years foolish and uncontrolled.

112. Better it is to live one day strenuous and resolute than to live a hundred years sluggish and dissipated.

113. Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.

114. Better it is to live one day seeing the Deathless than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the Deathless.

115. Better it is to live one day seeing the Supreme Truth than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the Supreme Truth.

THE THOUSANDS
Better than a thousand hollow words
Is one word that brings peace.Better than a thousand hollow verses
Is one verse that brings peace.Better than a hundred hollow lines
Is one line of the dharma, bringing peace.It is better to conquer yourself
Than to win a thousand battles.

Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
Not by angels or by demons,
Heaven or hell.

Better than a hundred years of worship,
Better than a thousand offerings,
Better than giving up a thousand worldly ways
In order to win merit,
Better even than tending in the forest
A sacred flame for a hundred years –
Is one moment’s reverence
For the man who has conquered himself.

To revere such a man,
A master old in virtue and holiness,
Is to have victory over life itself,
And beauty, strength and happiness.

Better than a hundred years of mischief
Is one day spent in contemplation.

Better than a hundred years of ignorance
Is one day spent in reflection.

Better than a hundred years of idleness
Is one day spent in determination.

Better to live one day
Wondering
How all things arise and pass away.

Better to live one hour
Seeing
The one life beyond the way.

Better to live one moment
In the moment
Of the way beyond the way.

Thousands
Better than a thousand words
of gossip or idle or hurtful speech
is a single word that leads into peace.A poem of a thousand lines
that leads into slumber and fantasy
is not as good as a single line that leads into peace.A warrior who conquers a thousand foe,
on every day of a thousand battles,
does not win a contest so great as the one in ourselves.To conquer your self is the toughest fight,
with a victory greater than all other victories,
and a prize that no person or demon or god can destroy.

Better than a hundred years
of hatred and greed and delusion
is but a single day of awakening

Better than a hundred years
of suffering and pain and confusion
is but a single day of awakening

And better than a thousand words
of gossip or idle or hurtful speech
is a single word that leads into peace.

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