Definition of Dhamma in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɑːmə//ˈdʌmə/


  • another term for Dharma, especially among Theravada Buddhists
    • ‘Seeing is dhamma, attachment is dhamma, anger is dhamma.’
    • ‘Some have thought that this dhamma was identical with Buddhism but, though informed by Buddhist morality, it was essentially the emperor's own.’
    • ‘This helps limit the sense of the word dhamma to a middle range - all mental states that are unfolding in the experience of a particular person.’
    • ‘Primarily because I know it is only a momentary dhamma, a reality.’
    • ‘In contrast to this dominant view the Buddha sought to proclaim the dhamma universally once he had resolved the problem whether to proclaim it at all.’


Pali, from Sanskrit dharma ‘decree or custom’.