Dukkha


Dukkha is another pali word that resonates greatly with me. Often translated as suffering, I prefer Wikipedia’s first definition which is “incapable of being satisfied”. Within this is the implication that any satisfaction is transient and that one spends much time running from one means of satisfaction to another, constantly reacting to underlying emotional or physical drivers, constantly in search of solutions while never addressing the underlying driver itself. This driver is not hunger, pain, ambition or any of the myriad of drivers but rather the underlying overall process that causes dukkha in the first place. That process is captured by another pali word, tanha. Tanha literally translates as “thirst” and encapsulates not only wanting to have (ie craving) but also wanting not to have (ie aversion).

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