The Concept of Dukkha in Buddhism Essay
From its origins in India to its expansion North to Tibet and East through China and eventually Japan, Buddhism has undergone many changes. These changes are usually evidenced in its iconography, and somewhat in popular practice, but the essential tenets remain unchanged. One of these tenets is "Dukkha" or the idea of inescapable human suffering. The kinds and origins of dukkha are as varied as the regional practices of Buddhism itself, ranging from the ancient and very symbolic, to the modern and very pragmatic. Explanations of dukkha, no matter from what ideology they come, offer an interesting insight into one religions standpoint on human suffering.
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In my research to list and define different kinds and origins of dukka, I was more suprised to find that indeed, putting a finger (an English speaking finger at that) on the word dukkha itself was quite a challenge. The word "dukkha" does not translate well to English, it has an antonym in the word "sukkha" which means satiated or comfortable, but dukkha is not the exact opposite. The literal Sanskrit word means "wheel out of balance" but it is used in many ways such as "off the mark" "frustrating" "hollow" and even "pain", but in most cases it is equated with