Daily Dukkha


Dedicated to my very good  friend, Little Cat.
Dukkha (PāliSanskritduḥkhaTibetan sdug bsngal) is a Buddhist term commonly translated as “suffering“, “anxiety”, “stress”, or “unsatisfactoriness”.

Dukkha in regard to attachment to missing keys

Suggested practice:

1. Create a sense of stress within the body, perhaps tense your muscles by
clenching the jaw, fist or tightening the stomach region

2. Frown, grind teeth, sigh

3. Move about in seemingly random fashion and ever widening circles, then repeat the process, covering the same ground many times despite the apparent futility

4. Glare at those who offer what may appear to be obvious suggestions as to  the location of your keys  as well as insulting observations regarding  the nature of your intelligence/character/mental state when it comes to the frequency of your dukkha practice and  the suffering it causes all  nearby sentient beings

5. When all else fails, attempt to blame someone else, or suggest that perhaps you have transcended into a higher realm where keys ar no longer necessary  (also known as denying the reality of dukkha),  
and/or  burst into tears

(repeat as necessary whilst practising your moving dukkha)

Have you seen my keys?
They were here a minute ago
I know I just saw them…

Have you seen my keys?
God this is annoying
Now I’m going to be really late
I know I just had them…

Have you seen my keys?
Did you move them?  
That really pisses me off,  you
know I always put them in the same place…

Completing the Dukkha

Bring your daily dukkha practice to a close by finally, if but fleetingly,  (tomorrow is another day), receiving the grace of revelation that brings to light the futility of trying to grasp onto the impermanent and unstable nature  of life, and in particular, the secret life of keys.

Allow the inner glow of realisation to permeate your body, or perhaps that’s the third glass of Chardonnay you have downed rather rapidly,  nevertheless, feel that lasting happiness might just be possible, even though you have now missed your weekly Find True Inner Peace mediation group,   know that there is also joy in surrendering to the couch, The Simpsons, and another glass or two of  liquid Nirvana.

Please Note: anything that causes suffering  may be substituted for keys, due to the unsatisfactory nature of all phenomenal existence,  and our fundamental inability to control things which are constantly changing for example, our boyfriend, our boss, our expanding waistline, etc.


Author Notes

The central importance of dukkha in Buddhist philosophy is not intended to present a pessimistic view of life, but rather to present a realistic practical assessment of the human condition—that all beings must experience suffering and pain at some point in their lives, including the inevitable suffering of frequently losing ones keys.

The Buddha acknowledged that there is both happiness and sorrow in the world, but he taught that even when we have some kind of happiness, it is not permanent; it is subject to change. And due to this unstable, impermanent nature of all things, everything we experience is said to have the quality of dukkha or unsatisfactoriness. Therefore unless we can gain insight into that truth, and understand what is really able to provide lasting happiness, and what is unable to provide happiness, the experience of dissatisfaction  and the suffering caused by futile key searching  will persist.

The Buddha’s specific teaching on the nature of frequent key misplacement is unknown, but many venerated and worldly individuals (try Mitre Ten) have suggested installing a key rack in a prominent position, perhaps near the front door, or maybe purchasing those nifty key gadgets that whistle when you clap your hands.

Due credit to Wikipedia.

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