Dharma describes the universal laws of nature, applicable to everyone. In Hinduism, it is regarded as the eternal and inherent nature of reality, a cosmic law underlying right behavior and social order. In Buddhism, dharma is the nature of reality understood as a universal truth taught by the Buddha. In Jainism, dharma is both a moral virtue and the medium that allows beings to move. In Sikhism, it is a term for the “path of righteousness” and points to a life of honorable conduct and service. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.


What Is Dharma?

Dharma is an important concept found in many spiritual philosophies from the Indian subcontinent, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. In Hinduism, dharma is refers to the cosmic order as well as one’s personal duty or purpose in life.

The Eternal Truth

The Teachings Of Sanatana Dharma are imperishable gems that the selfless rishis, out of their compassion, have given the world. Anyone wishing to stay alive cannot avoid air or water. Similarly, anyone seeking peace cannot ignore the principles of Sanatana Dharma.

What Is Dharma?

According to Reginald A. Ray, dharma is a fascinating term because it integrates several levels of experience, from our first moment on the path to the achievement of full realization. Dharma. Photo by Adrian Pelletier.

If we try to practice meditation without the foundation of goodwill to ourselves and others, it is like trying to row across a river without first untying the boat; our efforts, no matter how strenuous, will not bear fruit.

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The 7 Dharma Categories - What Should I Do With My Life?

One of the most common questions in the path of yoga is "how do I understand my dharma?" One of the most common questions of all is "What should I do with my life?" In this short video, Giridhari Das presents the life-changing concept of focusing your life on your dharma, on the here and now, and ex...

Ahimsa: A Brief Guide to Jainism

Jainism arose as a systematic response to human and animal violence by positing a radical alternative—the path of ahimsa or non-violence. Their argument is a simple but profound one.

We spend our days badgered by voices that tell us to judge others, fear others, harm others, or harm ourselves. But we are not obligated to listen to those voices, or even to take responsibility for them. They may be where we come from, but they are not where we are going.

How to Study the Dharma

In Buddhism, an ever-deepening understanding unfolds naturally from intellectual study. This process is classically expressed in the teaching of the three prajnas, or kinds of knowledge—hearing, contemplating and meditating.

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