[ doo-kuh ]
/ ˈdu kə /

noun Buddhism.

the first of the Four Noble Truths, that all human experience is transient and that suffering results from excessive desire and attachment.

Origin of dukkha

From Pali
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/ (ˈdukə) /


(in Theravada Buddhism) the belief that all things are suffering, due to the desire to seek permanence or recognize the self when neither exist: one of the three basic characteristics of existenceSanskrit word: duhkha Compare anata, anicca

Word Origin for dukkha

Pali, literally: suffering, illness
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