Note: This glossary is still under development .
< Back to Glossary

Dukkha

Pali:
Dukkha
|
Sanskrit:
Dukkha
Synonyms:
discontentment, suffering, unhappiness, pain, unsatisfactoriness, stress
Definition :

Dukkha refers to the habitual experience of mundane life as fundamentally unsatisfactory and painful. It refers to anything that is uneasy, uncomfortable, unpleasant, difficult, causing pain or sadness.

The word is commonly explained as a derivation from Aryan terminology for an axle hole, referring to an axle hole which is not in the center and leads to a bumpy, uncomfortable ride.

It is the first of the Four Noble Truths and one of the Three Seals (Marks of Existence).

Would you like to contribute to this term?

Excellent, and thank you! You can help by sharing a source, teaching, inspirational quote, or anything else related to this glossary term. Your contribution will be considered as we add more content to the Glossary of Terms and/or the Learning and Practice Library.

Note: Because you are logged in, your name and email will be subitted with this form.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

More About

Dukkha

Example:

This section allow for the possibility of a real-life example of the term. The intention of this section is to bring the term from a formal explanation and into the light of everyday living. If the example is not set, this field will be hidden.