suffering

suffering

I think the English word suffering does not seem to have the full potential to express the Sanskrit word dukha. Because I think the suffering, the moment the word suffering is mentioned, people always think it has something to do with a headache, stomachache or bankruptcy or accident or something like that. Whereas the word dukha is much more. I will give you a good example. The word dukha which is normally translated as a suffering actually is something to do with like you order a nice pasta and you have been told you are overweight, you can’t, you have diabetic problem, but in front of you this beautiful pasta with amazing sauce, the cheese, all of that. Really good, delicious. I will have it just for today. Just for today, from tomorrow onwards I won’t have. Which never is true. So after eating that what do you have. You have post pasta depression. Then you regret that you have eaten. Yes the Sanskrit word dukha really, many of these sufferings is not necessary painful as it is happening, as it is there. So from this point of view, everything what worldly people think as a happiness, the money, the position, the power, the influence, the friendship are all like this wonderful pasta. They all have the potential to produce post depression. If not already, so actually from the Buddhist point of view, so called, what we call happiness are all in the category of suffering. We don’t need many other reasons, one reason we can also tell you, its uncertain aspect. Everything is so uncertain.

Fundamental View of Buddhism, Moscow 2010

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