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Nikon D7000
Nikkor 18mm-105mm
natural light
candid portrait of homeless street kid
New Delhi, India

from wikipedia
Dukkha is identified as the first of the Four Noble Truths. The Pali term dukkha (Sanskrit: duhkha) is typically translated as “suffering”, but the term dukkha has a much broader meaning than the typical use of the word “suffering”. Dukkha suggests a basic unsatisfactoriness pervading all forms of life, due to the fact that all forms of life are impermanent and constantly changing. Dukkha indicates a lack of satisfaction, a sense that things never measure up to our expectations or standards.
The emphasis on dukkha is not intended to be pessimistic, but rather to identify the nature of dukkha, in order that dukkha things may be overcome. 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 duh­kha or unsatisfactoriness. Therefore unless we can gain insight into that truth, and understand what is really able to give us happiness, and what is unable to provide happiness, the experience of dissatisfac­tion will persist.
Traleg Kyabgon explains:
Normally we think our happiness is contingent upon external circumstances and situations, rather than upon our own inner atti­tude toward things, or toward life in general. The Buddha was saying that dissatisfaction is part of life, even if we are seeking happiness and even if we manage to find temporary happiness. The very fact that it is temporary means that sooner or later the happiness is going to pass. So the Buddha said that unless we understand this and see how pervasive dissatisfaction or duhkha is, it is impossible for us to start looking for real happiness.
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  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldalmost 3 years ago

    Terrific shot,Pat!!

  • Thank you very much Lance for your wonderful comment and fav : )

    – patcheah

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you very much POP’S for this honour : )

    – patcheah

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaalmost 3 years ago

    Congrats on your feature ! Great portrait shot !

  • Many thanks Jan : )

    – patcheah

  • Berns
    Bernsalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much Berns,appreciate the fav : )

    – patcheah

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature of this excellent street portrait Pat !
    An interesting read, with much to ponder … thanks for sharing :)

  • Many thanks Trish. Interesting to see how other religion attempt to solve the problem of unhappiness.
    I like Buddhist Philosophy.

    – patcheah

  • davvi
    davvialmost 3 years ago

    nice portrait,she looks a little tired.

  • Thanks Davvi.She looks older than her age,hard life living on the streets. She stood around the traffic lights,when it was red,she went around all the cars begging for money.

    – patcheah

  • SuzieCheree
    SuzieChereealmost 3 years ago

    Emotional image Pat, well captured!

  • Many thanks Suzie,appreciate the fav.

    – patcheah

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillaralmost 3 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thank you very much : )

    – patcheah

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture.

  • Thank you so much Julie, appreciate the fav : )

    – patcheah

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartalmost 3 years ago

    What a beautiful portrait Pat, full of feeling. She looks like a smart survivor.

  • Thanks Georgie. She is very pretty and it is such a shame that she is on the street : (

    – patcheah

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