Definition of Dharma in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdəːmə//ˈdɑːmə/


mass noun
  • 1(in Indian religion) the eternal and inherent nature of reality, regarded in Hinduism as a cosmic law underlying right behaviour and social order.

    • ‘There is a dharma for all times, sanatan dharma, because it lies there always in the soul.’
    • ‘When we study the Buddhist dharma, we are not supposed to blindly accept what we are told.’
    • ‘Nama-sankirtana, or the chanting of the Lord's names is the yuga dharma for the age of Kali.’
    • ‘They accept the religion's basic concepts of dharma, samsara, karma, and ahimsa.’
    • ‘It is in the Mahabharata that we get the syncretic picture of lokasamgraha through the concepts of caturvarnashrama dharma and moksha.’
    • ‘Do women teach the dharma in different ways than men?’
    • ‘From Taipei to New York, hundreds of thousands laud his efforts to spread Buddhist dharma, or teachings.’
    • ‘I feel that if it is able to render good service, especially to the Buddha dharma and Tibet, then my personal life is insignificant.’
    1. 1.1 (in Buddhism) the nature of reality regarded as a universal truth taught by the Buddha; the teaching of Buddhism.
    2. 1.2count noun An aspect of truth or reality.
      ‘all dharmas are forms of emptiness’


Sanskrit, literally ‘decree or custom’.