- cosmic order or law, including the natural and moral principles that apply to all beings and things
- dutiful observance of this law in one's life; right conduct
Origin of dharmaSans, law, custom from Indo-European base an unverified form dher-, to hold, support from source Classical Latin firmus, Old High German tarnen, to conceal
- Hinduism & Buddhism a. The principle or law that orders the universe.b. Individual conduct in conformity with this principle.c. The essential function or nature of a thing.
- Hinduism Individual obligation with respect to caste, social custom, civil law, and sacred law.
- Buddhism a. The body of teachings expounded by the Buddha.b. Knowledge of or duty to undertake conduct set forth by the Buddha as a way to enlightenment.c. One of the basic, minute elements from which all things are made.
Origin of dharmaSanskrit dharmah statute, law ; see dher- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural dharmas)
- (Hinduism, Buddhism) the principle that orders the universe; one's conduct in conformity with such a principle
- (Hinduism) one's obligation in respect to one's position in society
- (Buddhism) the teachings of the Buddha as one's personal path to enlightenment
- (Buddhism) the teachings of the Buddha as a practice to be promulgated and taught.
- "The Mahayana Buddhist teacher does not want you to chain smoke and quarrel with your loved ones, but your main focus in Mahayana is to spread the dharma for the good of all sentient beings."
From Sanskrit धर्म (dhárma, “that which upholds or supports”).