Duhkhasamjna, Duḥkhasaṃjñā, Duhkha-samjna: 1 definition

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Duhkhasamjna means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Duḥkhasaṃjñā (दुःखसंज्ञा) refers to the “concept of suffering” and represents one of the “ten concepts” (saṃjñā), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 37. Accordingly, “in regard to the concept of suffering (duḥkhasaṃjñā), the Yogin says to himself that all conditioned dharmas (saṃskṛtadharma), being impermanent (anitya), are painful (duḥkha). [...] The concept of suffering (duḥkhasaṃjñā) concerns the same objects as the concept of impermanence (anityasaṃjñā). Analysis of suffering in these many different ways is called the concept of suffering”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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