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What is the precise meaning of the word "dukkha", often translated as "suffering" in Buddhism?

Is it correct to say that Buddhism gives a method to get rid of all sufferings, including the most basic physical suffering (=illness/pain etc.)? So in that case even if some disease has no cure with our current medicine, Buddhism somehow has a way to free us from the pain of this disease?

Please if possible provide a precise reference.

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  • There is no such thing as "physical suffering". All suffering is mental. There is physical pain but physical pain is not suffering. Mar 8 at 9:51
  • i answered your question at What is the most accurate translation of the word 'dukkha'? Mar 8 at 10:50
  • "Birth is dukkha, aging is dukkha, death is dukkha; sorrow, lamentation, pain, [...]" "And what is pain? Whatever is experienced as bodily pain, bodily discomfort, pain or discomfort born of bodily contact, that is called pain." That's what the link of SarathW says. So physical pain is suffering according to this reference.
    – user20691
    Mar 8 at 10:52
  • The Buddha summarised all dukkha as attachment. "In short, the five clinging-aggregates are dukkha." The words "in short" or "in summary" (Pali: "saṃkhittena") means all dukkha is attachment. You should learn the literal meaning of the teachings rather than impute your own misinterpretations upon them. The scriptures say in many places "sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, & despair" are caused by attachment; such as in SN 12.2: accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn12/sn12.002.than.html Mar 8 at 10:55
  • Okay let me copy/paste two citations, from the Buddha himself (I am assuming the english translation is accurate): 1) "Birth is dukkha, aging is dukkha, death is dukkha; sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, & despair are dukkha;" 2) "Whatever is experienced as bodily pain, bodily discomfort, pain or discomfort born of bodily contact, that is called pain." Okay, so then 1) and 2) combined give the implication: "bodily pain is Dukkha". Where am I interpreting anything?
    – user20691
    Mar 8 at 12:55
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"Birth is dukkha, aging is dukkha, death is dukkha; sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, & despair are dukkha; association with the unbeloved is dukkha; separation from the loved is dukkha; not getting what is wanted is dukkha. In short, the five clinging-aggregates are dukkha."

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sacca/sacca1/dukkha.html

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  • Great, this answers the first question. What about the other two questions?
    – user20691
    Mar 8 at 8:47

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