Dukkhata, Dukkhatā: 2 definitions


Dukkhata 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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

(abstr. noun fr. dukkha): 'the state of suffering', painfulness, unpleasantness, the unsatisfactoriness of existence. "There are three kinds of suffering:

  • (1) suffering as pain (dukkha-dukkhatā),

  • (2) the suffering inherent in the formations (sankhāra-dukkhatā),

  • (3) the suffering in change (viparināma-dukkhatā)" (S. XLV, 165; D. 33).


  • (1) is the bodily or mental feeling of pain as actually felt.

  • (2) refers to the oppressive nature of all formations of existence (i.e. all conditioned phenomena), due to their continual arising and passing away; this includes also experiences associated with neutral feeling.

  • (3) refers to bodily and mental pleasant feelings, "because they are the cause for the arising of pain when they change" (Vis.M. XIV, 34f).

context information

Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Dukkhatā, (f.) (cp. Sk. duḥkhatā, abstr. to dukkha) state of pain, painfulness, discomfort, pain (see dukkha B III, 1 c) D.III, 216; S.IV, 259; V, 56; Nett 12 (expl.). (Page 326)

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context information

Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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