dhar·​ma | \ ˈdär-mə How to pronounce dharma (audio) , ˈdər- How to pronounce dharma (audio) \

Definition of dharma

1 Hinduism : an individual's duty fulfilled by observance of custom or law
2 Hinduism and Buddhism
a : the basic principles of cosmic or individual existence : divine law
b : conformity to one's duty and nature

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Other Words from dharma

dharmic \ ˈdär-​mik , ˈdər-​ How to pronounce dharmic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dharma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And 16 months ago, the SF Dharma Collective formed in the former Against The Stream space on 23rd and Folsom, with dharma talks every night of the week. Michelle Villegas Threadgould, SFChronicle.com, "What happens when your spiritual leader fails you? An SF group found out," 7 Feb. 2020 His morality is based on the apad dharma or the moral code during the time of crisis. Anand Neelakanthan, Quartz India, "Who exactly was Chanakya, the ancient genius that wily Indian politicians are being compared with?," 20 Dec. 2019 However, the Shiv Sena made a claim for chief ministership citing a pre-poll agreement, while the BJP asserted that no such promise was made, and that coalition dharma mandates that the chief minister’s chair go to the bigger party. Nikunj Laddha, Quartz India, "The Maharashtra political chaos is equal parts Game of Thrones and Game Theory," 25 Nov. 2019 Wochit Tonen O’Connor's life has been a mix of drama and dharma. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: Buddhist priest uses theater background to put prisons on center stage," 19 Mar. 2018 Run by 11 resident Buddhist monks, longtime staff and volunteers, the temple is open daily for prayers, regular religious ceremonies, ancestral chanting, dharma talks and meditation retreats. Kai Oliver-kurtin, USA TODAY, "Eight ways to experience Asia in Vancouver," 15 Feb. 2018 The faith focuses on salvation through total devotion, or bhakti, to God as developed through the virtues (dharma), detachment (vairagaya) and spiritual wisdom (jnana). Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "A birthday for the gods," 4 July 2017

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First Known Use of dharma

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dharma

Sanskrit; akin to Latin firmus firm

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“Dharma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dharma. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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