Life is Frustrating

Chenrezig, The Buddha of Compassion

People on the Buddhist path often discuss the meaning of “dukkha,” the word the Buddha used in the First Noble Truth to characterize the basic problem of human life. A common translation is “suffering,” which may seem a bit strong for good, middle class people in the United States in the early 21st century. We have our problems, some more severe than others, but, especially from a global or a historical perspective, we have it pretty easy.

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