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1(in Indian religion) the eternal and inherent nature of reality, regarded in Hinduism as a cosmic law underlying right behaviour and social order.
- ‘They accept the religion's basic concepts of dharma, samsara, karma, and ahimsa.’
- ‘There is a dharma for all times, sanatan dharma, because it lies there always in the soul.’
- ‘It is in the Mahabharata that we get the syncretic picture of lokasamgraha through the concepts of caturvarnashrama dharma and moksha.’
- ‘Nama-sankirtana, or the chanting of the Lord's names is the yuga dharma for the age of Kali.’
- ‘I feel that if it is able to render good service, especially to the Buddha dharma and Tibet, then my personal life is insignificant.’
- ‘When we study the Buddhist dharma, we are not supposed to blindly accept what we are told.’
- ‘From Taipei to New York, hundreds of thousands laud his efforts to spread Buddhist dharma, or teachings.’
- ‘Do women teach the dharma in different ways than men?’
- 1.1(in Buddhism) the nature of reality regarded as a universal truth taught by the Buddha; the teaching of Buddhism.
- 1.2count noun An aspect of truth or reality.‘all dharmas are forms of emptiness’
Sanskrit, literally ‘decree or custom’.