noun dhar·ma·ka·ya \ˌdərməˈkäyə\

Definition of dharmakaya



  1. :  the ideal body or the essence of the Absolute in the Buddhist doctrine of trikaya

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Origin and Etymology of dharmakaya

Sanskrit dharmakāya, from dharma + kāya body; akin to Sanskrit cinoti he gathers, heaps up — more at poet

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