Duhkhasukha, Duḥkhasukha, Duhkha-sukha: 2 definitions


Duhkhasukha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit. 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»] — Duhkhasukha in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Duḥkhasukha (दुःखसुख) refers to “suffering and happiness”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 31).—Accordingly, “Dharmas exist insofar as they have their own characteristics (lakṣaṇa). Not having any characteristics, the soul does not exist. You consider the in-breath and the out-breath (ānāpāna), suffering and happiness (duḥkhasukha), etc., as characteristics of the soul; but that is not right (ayukta). Why? Because the in-breath and the out-breath, etc., are characteristics of the body, and the fact of feeling suffering, happiness, etc., is characteristic of the mind. Why make the body and the mind into characteristics of the soul?”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Duhkhasukha in Jainism glossary
Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Duḥkhasukha (दुःखसुख) refers to “pain and pleasure”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Fool, when those two [com.—duḥkhasukha—‘pain and pleasure’], that which is pleasure in life and that which is imminent pain, are occurring on balance, pain is infinite”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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