The Concept of Dukkha in Buddhism: An Analysis

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Buddhism Do you agree with Buddhism that life is composed chiefly of Dukkha, or suffering? I do not agree at all that life is mostly suffering, notwithstanding the respect I have for Buddhism. Why don't I believe life is mainly about suffering? First of all, since Buddha lived nearly 26 centuries ago, one can't accept the language used in Buddhism at face value. Dukkha was the first of the Buddhist Four Noble Truths so it is clear that dukkha was a vital component of this ancient faith for centuries. According to Barbara O'Brien, writing in The New York Times-owned website About.com, Buddha of course didn't speak English so a 21st Century researcher must first take a close look at what "dukkha" meant during the time the Buddha was alive. Secondly, Dukkha is from the Pali language, which is a variation of Sanskrit; according to O'Brien, dukkha has a lot of meanings. "Anything temporary is dukkha, including happiness," O'Brien explains. Some scholars and translators have taken "suffering" out of the descriptions of Buddhism and replaced "suffering" with "dissatisfaction" or "stress." But O'Brien rejects all three words ("suffering," "stress," and "dissatisfaction") and suggests to readers that they just picture dukkha as "X" in some algebraic formula. Having done that for this assignment, I believe that life does bring many unexpected events to individuals and among those is stress, or suffering. The busy lifestyle many Americans embrace certainly does involve stress;
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