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"Dukkha"

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Sadeyes

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"Dukkha" is Pali, a variation of Sanskrit, for anything temporary, and includes both suffering (loosely interpreted in English) and happiness. How odd to have one word meaning both.
 

Isabel

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Attachment to the transient is both our greatest source of joys and of sorrows, imo. So it kind of make sense.

I think the East does not have so many arbitrary distinctions between good and evil, black and white etc...than the West. This is most flagrant in the distinction we made between life and death, as being opposite to one another, when in fact, in death, there are always the seeds of new life and renewal. And all new born life contains in itself its eventual ending. This for the most part, is an idea which is foreign to western thinking, except from few exceptions as in John 12:24:

Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it produces a lot of grain.
 
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