About the Dhammapada

The Dhammapada is a collection of Buddha’s sayings. It’s one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures. There are 423 verses across 26 chapters. The text was originally written in Pāli, the language of the Theravada canon.

About this site

This site provides a version of the Dhammapada in the original Pāli, for study or simply enjoying. You can click on any Pāli word to view its meaning.

You can read through the text from the start, or view the chapters or verses, or view a random verse.


Several English translations are available for each verse. Reading through different translations of a single verse can provide a wider perspective on the text and clarify meaning. You may also find that you enjoy one particular translator over another.

Stories and Commentary

A related story and commentary accompanies most verses. While most of the verses stand on their own, this additional information offers helpful context.

Moving around

On any page, you can access a list of chapters or verses. You can also search the original text and all translations. From an individual verse page, you can navigate to the previous or next verse using the navigation arrows (or the left/right arrows on your keyboard).


The verses and translations are available through an API that provides a JSON response. For instance, you can obtain the data for verse 42 with this URL: https://neatnik.net/dhammapada/gatha/42.json

Who made this?

This site is maintained with love and care by Adam Newbold.

“The gift of the Dhamma excels all gifts.” Dhp 354