noun \ˈdər-mə, ˈdär-\

Definition of DHARMA

Hinduism :  an individual's duty fulfilled by observance of custom or law
Hinduism & Buddhism
a :  the basic principles of cosmic or individual existence :  divine law
b :  conformity to one's duty and nature
dhar·mic \-mik\ adjective

Origin of DHARMA

Sanskrit; akin to Latin firmus firm
First Known Use: 1796

Rhymes with DHARMA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Hinduism, the religious and moral law governing individual and group conduct. It is treated in the dharmasutras, the oldest collection of Hindu laws, and in the compilations of law and custom called the dharmashastras. In Buddhism, dharma is the universal truth common to all individuals at all times, and it is regarded as one of the primary sources of Buddhist doctrine and practice. In Jainism, dharma signifies moral virtue as well as the eternal life force.


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