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In order to clarify the meaning of the word ‘dukkha’ the Buddha

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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In order to clarify the meaning of the word 'dukkha' the Buddha gave a number of easily observed expressions of it, one of which being that 'not obtaining one's wishes is dukkha'. It is an irrefutable point. Who has not experienced the disappointment and frustration that comes from unfulfilled desire for such things as sensual pleasure, wealth, love, respect, status or power?

But, interestingly, in expanding upon this point elsewhere, the Buddha introduced another dimension to the phrase. He explained it as referring to the suffering that comes from wishing for things which are impossible to obtain through wishing - not having to get old, not being subject illness, not having to die, not having to feel physical and mental pain. These futile longings rarely emerge into consciousness, but underlie all conscious desires. The chronic background sense of unrest this produces is dukkha.

The good news is that there is an end to old age, sickness and death. It cannot be known through wishing or prayer or ceremonies. But it can be realised through following the Eightfold Path to its conclusion.

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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