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Duḥkha (), 'unease', "standing unstable," commonly translated as "suffering", "pain", or "unhappiness", is an important concept in Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. Its meaning depends on the context, and may refer more specifically to the "unsatisfactoriness" or "unease" of mundane life, not being at ease when driven by craving/grasping and ignorance.

While the term dukkha has often been derived from the prefix du ("bad" or "difficult") and the root kha, "empty", "hole", a badly fitting axle-hole of a cart or chariot giving "a very bumpy ride", it may actually be derived from duḥ-stha, a "dis-/ bad- + stand-", that is, "standing badly, unsteady", "unstable".

It is the first of the Four Noble Truths and it is one of the three marks of existence. The term also appears in scriptures of Hinduism, such as the Upanishads, in discussions of moksha (spiritual liberation).

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Bodhidharma Listening to the Cries of the World

Avalokiteshvara clearly seeing the emptiness of five skandhas; listening to the cries of the world, the suffering of beings.

Compassion, Suffering, Emptiness,
Mar 03 2018
No Abode Hermitage

Everything Is a Precious Mirror

Precious Mirror, Perfect Wisdom, Suffering,
Dec 13 2014
No Abode Hermitage

Genjo Koan - Section 10B-Part-3

Serial: BZ-02250

Transformation at the Base, Sesshin Day 5]

Live life one moment at a time


Suffering, Birth-and-Death, Intuition, Emotions, Dragons, Passions, Religion...
Jun 24 2012
Berkeley Zen Center

The Four Noble Truths

Serial: BZ-02163

Routine and Depression, Saturday Lecture

Suffering, Faith, Karma, Death-and-Dying, Four Noble Truths, Hate, Liberation, Daily...
Mar 05 2011
Berkeley Zen Center

Case 43 - Tozan's No Heat No Cold

Serial: BZ-02114

Absolute and Relative or Essence and Function, Saturday Lecture

Five Ranks, Birth-and-Death, Suffering, Precepts, Five Ranks, training, Birth-and-...
Jul 10 2010
Berkeley Zen Center

Suffering: How We Create It

Serial: BZ-01171

The Meaning of Forgiveness and How We Free Ourselves, Saturday Lecture

Suffering, Forgiveness, Forgiveness, Anger, Emotions, Hate, Judgement, War, training...
Jun 24 2006
Berkeley Zen Center

Vimalakirti Sutra; Suffering

Serial: BZ-00706B

Rohatsu Day 3

Vimalakirti, Suffering, Duality, Manjushri, Oneness, Non-duality, Silence, Blue Cliff...
Dec 03 1991
Berkeley Zen Center

Suffering and Intention

Serial: BZ-00968A

Sesshin Day 5

Suffering, Intention, Emotions, Karma, Don't Know Mind, Religion, Lay, Tassajara...
Jun 30 1991
Berkeley Zen Center

March 8th, 1982, Serial No. 00147

Buddha Nature, Compassion, Suffering, Meditation, Evil, Funeral, Precepts, Silence,...
Mar 08 1982

December 13th, 1979, Serial No. 00137

Concentration, Emotions, Right Effort, Separation, realization, Suffering, Oneness,...
Dec 13 1979

December 13th, 1979, Serial No. 00138

realization, Concentration, Buddha Nature, Right Effort, Building, Subject-and-Object...
Dec 13 1979

March 5th, 1979, Serial No. 00112

Silence, Compassion, Building, Balance, Culture, Breath, Religion, Suffering...
Mar 05 1979

March 5th, 1979, Serial No. 00113

Attachment, Silence, Passions, Breath, Suffering, Consciousness
Mar 05 1979

March 5th, 1979, Serial No. 00128

Silence, Building, Balance, Compassion, Suffering, Enemies, Culture, Breath, Religion...
Mar 05 1979

March 2nd, 1979, Serial No. 00110

Eight Awarenesses, Suffering, Consciousness, Anger, Describe, Humility, Compassion,...
Mar 02 1979

August 30th, 1977, Serial No. 00098

Evil, Buddha Nature, Impermanence, Nirvana, confusion, Religion, realization,...
Aug 30 1977

August 29th, 1977, Serial No. 00097

Buddha Nature, realization, Oneness, Suffering, Interview, Ego, Precepts, Nirvana,...
Aug 29 1977

August 28th, 1977, Serial No. 00096

Compassion, Hate, Politics, Community, Attachment, Suffering, Consciousness, Pain,...
Aug 28 1977

August 24th, 1977, Serial No. 00092

Subject-and-Object, Intuition, Hindrances, Compassion, Continuous, training, Buddha...
Aug 24 1977

August 27th, 1975, Serial No. 00103

Bell, Subject-and-Object, Concentration, Interdependence, Buddha Nature, Suffering,...
Aug 27 1975

December 6th, 1972, Serial No. 00358

Birth-and-Death, Patience, Obstacles, Conversation, Beginners, Suffering, Breath,...
Dec 06 1972

December 2nd, 1972, Serial No. 00353

Birth-and-Death, Suffering, Consciousness, Posture, realization, lecture, American...
Dec 02 1972

December 1st, 1972, Serial No. 00352

Birth-and-Death, Nirvana, Obstacles, Patience, difficulty, Attachment, Compassion,...
Dec 01 1972

November 14th, 1972, Serial No. 00348

Silence, Consciousness, Attachment, Separation, Suffering, Conversation, Emotions,...
Nov 14 1972

November 12th, 1972, Serial No. 00350

Attachment, Fasting, Consciousness, Bodhidharma, Funeral, Chanting, Posture, Breath,...
Nov 12 1972

November 7th, 1972, Serial No. 00357

Consciousness, Suffering, Anger, Don't Know Mind, Birth-and-Death, Silence,...
Nov 07 1972

August 11th, 1972, Serial No. 00249

Patience, Pain, Bodhisattva Vow, Suffering, Vows, realization
Aug 11 1972

August 9th, 1972, Serial No. 00248

Silence, lecture, Rinzai, Pain, Duality, Bell, Ceremony, Community, realization,...
Aug 09 1972

August 8th, 1972, Serial No. 00246

Patience, realization, Pain, Triple Treasure, Suffering, Enemies, Hate, Chanting,...
Aug 08 1972

August 7th, 1972, Serial No. 00245

Birth-and-Death, Suffering, Happiness, Community, realization, Instruction, Pain...
Aug 07 1972

April 1972 talk, Serial No. 00175

resistance, Ordination, Fox, Attachment, Suffering, Pain
Apr 1972

April 1972 talk, Serial No. 00239

Suffering, New Year, Precepts, training, Transmission, Silence, Discrimination...
Apr 1972

April 1972 talk, Serial No. 00266

Describe, Birth-and-Death, Intimacy, Liberation, Ceremony, Community, Attachment,...
Apr 1972

February 1972 talk, Serial No. 00185

Birth-and-Death, Subject-and-Object, Liberation, Religion, Happiness, Community,...
Feb 1972

February 1972 talk, Serial No. 00186

Suffering, Ego, Liberation, Continuous, Consciousness
Feb 1972

December 4th, 1971, Serial No. 00288

Big Mind, Patience, Buddha Mind, Buddha Nature, Funeral, Compassion, Suffering...
Dec 04 1971

November 27th, 1971, Serial No. 00282

Consciousness, Describe, Separation, Buddha Nature, Monastic Practice, Bell,...
Nov 27 1971

November 12th, 1971, Serial No. 00280

Nirvana, Describe, Ceremony, Bell, realization, Suffering, Pain
Nov 12 1971

November 5th, 1971, Serial No. 00279

Ceremony, training, lecture, Dragons, Mahayana, Building, confusion, Funeral,...
Nov 05 1971

October 2nd, 1971, Serial No. 00059

Four Noble Truths, stubbornness, Suffering, Soto Zen, Instruction, Nirvana,...
Oct 02 1971

October 2nd, 1971, Serial No. 00060

stubbornness, Suffering, Four Noble Truths, Soto Zen, Instruction, Posture, Nirvana,...
Oct 02 1971

October 1971 talk, Serial No. 00044

Bell, Suffering, Four Noble Truths, Building, stubbornness, Samadhi, Patience,...
Oct 1971

September 23rd, 1971, Serial No. 00275

Birth-and-Death, Posture, Constancy, Hate, Precepts, Breath, Happiness, Meditation,...
Sep 23 1971

September 23rd, 1971, Serial No. 00276

Precepts, Silence, Suffering, Bell, Delusion, Zendo, Obstacles, Dragons, Anger,...
Sep 23 1971

September 21st, 1971, Serial No. 00057

Evil, Precepts, Concentration, Mahayana, Breath, Happiness, Hate, Suffering,...
Sep 21 1971

September 11th, 1971, Serial No. 00056

Precepts, Sangha, Observe, Composure, Buddha Nature, Triple Treasure, Suffering,...
Sep 11 1971

August 31st, 1971, Serial No. 00055

Buddha Nature, Birth-and-Death, Pain, Building, Instruction, Discrimination,...
Aug 31 1971

Wherever You Are, We Have Zen Way Of Practice

Dogen, Shobogenzo, Genjokoan, Suffering, Pain, Don't Know Mind, Happiness,...
Aug 21 1971
City Center

August 12th, 1971, Serial No. 00051

Constancy, American, Lotus Sutra, Addiction, training, lecture, Suffering
Aug 12 1971

Obon Days

Ceremony, Offering, Suffering, American, Faith
Aug 12 1971