The second book of the Khuddaka Nikāya of the Pāli Canon and one of the most popular and best-loved Buddhist texts. It consists of 423 verses divided into 26 sections arranged according to subject matter. In practice it is a sort of anthology of verses from various books of the canon.though very few are taken from the Jātaka collection or from the Sutta-nipāta. It also contains material from other Buddhist schools and non-Buddhist sources. The commentary of the Dhammapada, by an anonymous author but attributed to Buddhaghoṣa, is known as the Dhammapada-aṭṭhakathā.