Dharma meaning

därmə, dûr-
Cosmic order or law, including the natural and moral principles that apply to all beings and things.
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Individual obligation with respect to caste, social custom, civil law, and sacred law.
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Dutiful observance of this law in one's life; right conduct.
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(Buddhism) The teachings of the Buddha as one's personal path to enlightenment.
  • "Dharma practice in the tradition of the Theravada Buddhist masters enabled me to quit smoking and improve my relationships, oh, and by the way, to achieve nirvana.".
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(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.".
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(Hinduism, Buddhism) The principle that orders the universe; one's conduct in conformity with such a principle.
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(Hinduism) One's obligation in respect to one's position in society.
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Origin of dharma

  • Sanskrit dharmaḥ statute, law dher- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Sanskrit धर्म (dhárma, “that which upholds or supports”).

    From Wiktionary