The Dhammapada is one of the best known and best loved Buddhist texts, a sequence of verses traditionally said to have been spoken by the Buddha himself to help people on the path to liberation. In her version for Penguin Classics, Valerie J Roebuck seeks to translate the Pali into modern English verse that will keep the beauty and clarity of the original.


A new review of the translation

Posted on: February 16th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Feb 16

Valerie recently learned of a review of her Dhammapada translation by Elizabeth Harris, an eminent scholar of Theravāda Buddhism, which was published in Religions of South Asia 6.1 (2012) 133-134:

Book Review

Valerie’s article, Dhammapada, Dharmapada and Udānavarga: The Many Lives of a Buddhist Text, was published in the following edition of the same journal, which is now available and can be ordered here.

A new journal article

Posted on: September 21st, 2012 by admin No Comments


Last week I sent off the corrected proofs of a new article on the Dhammapada and related texts, called Dhammapada, Dharmapada and Udānavarga: the Many Lives of a Buddhist Text. It is to be included in the December edition of the journal Religions of South Asia, which is published by the Equinox Press.

An Introduction to the Dhammapada

Posted on: August 26th, 2012 by admin No Comments


Poster for talk, 'Introduction to the Dhammapada'

Valerie Roebuck will be giving a talk entitled An Introduction to the Dhammapada as part of the Summer Programme at the Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation. It will be open to all, and no previous knowledge of the text or of Buddhism is required.

‘Fragile Earth’ by Robert Hammersley

Posted on: September 23rd, 2011 by admin No Comments


Valerie has been invited to chant some verses from the Dhammapada as part of a performance of a musical composition,’Fragile Earth’ by Robert Hammersley, to be premiered at 7.30 pm on 15 October 2011 at Dorchester Abbey, near Oxford.

Manchester Buddhist Convention, 2011

Posted on: June 3rd, 2011 by admin No Comments


Valerie took part in the 2011 Manchester Buddhist Convention on Saturday June 11, which was hosted this year by the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community (formerly FWBO) at the Manchester Buddhist Centre, 16-20 Turner Street, Manchester M4 1DZ.