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The Support Verses: Earliest Sayings of the Buddha is Christopher Carter Sanderson’s uniquely poetic and practical translation of The Dhammapada. Sanderson, working from Pali and Sanskrit sources, aims to artistically transmit the essence of Buddha’s sayings in a form useful for meditation. Freely cast in a flexible, idiomatic and often catchy iambic pentameter, in tone ranging as needed from the academic to the profane, these verses combine musicality with a refreshing directness. This new creative realization joins a galaxy of inspired translations of this great work to offer additional artistic insight and religious utility.


“I wish The Support Verses a big reach in the world, which sorely needs it.”

—George Saunders