Duhkhasatya, Duḥkhasatya, Duhkha-satya: 2 definitions


Duhkhasatya 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Duhkhasatya in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Duḥkhasatya (दुःखसत्य) refers to the “truth of suffering”, according to  the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 28.—Accordingly: “[Question]—If there is no impermanence, why did the Buddha speak of impermanence in regard to the truth of suffering (duḥkhasatya)? [Answer]—Worldly people who produce wrong views have claimed that the world is eternal. The Buddha spoke of impermanence in order to destroy this eternalistic view and not because he considered impermanence to be real. [...]”.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Duhkhasatya in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Duḥkhasatya (दुःखसत्य) refers to the four “aspects in the truth of suffering” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 97):

  1. anityatā (relating to impermanence),
  2. duḥkhata (relating to suffering),
  3. śūnyata (relating to emptiness),
  4. anātmata (relating to no-self).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., duḥkha-satya). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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