This reading by Jacob Needleman of  The Dhammapada is set to start with his afterword

nothing does not change :: nothing is not dukkha :: nothing depends on nothing

Those three statements are just another take on the three marks of existence – the three signata of Buddhism – with the central statement leaving untranslated the untranslatable word dukkha.

anicca :: dukkha :: anatta

Think of dukkha as the potential for “all types of suffering, anguish, and angst” arising from the absence of what is wanted or the presence of what is not wanted. It follows also from not seeing (ignorance of) the other two marks of existence: anicca=impermanence and anatta=not-self.

Life is dukkha. And dukkha happens. Or not. It need not, of course.

Both formerly and now, it is only dukkha that I describe, and the cessation of dukkha.
—Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha

“The great and beautiful secret of meditation practice is this: you can experience dukkha with equanimity.” —Zoketsu Norman Fischer

spoiler alert: to want anything is the cause of suffering; once needs are met, wants serve a self that exists only in the mind; to go beyond the mind is to let go of this imagined self and its needless wants

It takes practice, though, to want nothing.

It is you who must make the effort. The masters only point the way.
Dhammapada 20:276

want nothing other than that all be well and want nothing …

disclaimer: this is merely the view from here; your view may differ


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