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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?

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.

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.

Ask the Teachers: Are There Types of Work That Are Incompatible with Buddhist Practice?

Konda Mason, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, and José Shinzan Palma discuss the difficulty of aligning our work lives with our Buddhist values.

Heart of Dharma: Comparing Buddhist Practice, East and West

In many ways the description of a typical Vipassana “sitting” confirms an assumption held by some practitioners and scholars of American Buddhism: that the foundational concepts of traditional Asian Theravada Buddhism like metta and dana have become repurposed and translated for new audiences in...

Who Me

The central teaching of Buddhism, discussed in detail in the psychological descriptions of the Abhidharma (higher dharma), is that of anatman, or “not-self.

Buddhism for Beginners

New to Buddhism or meditation? Then you probably have a lot of questions — and here you’ll find helpful answers, by way of articles from Lion’s Roar and Buddhadharma.

Protest Is My Spiritual Practice

Lama Rod Owens says protesting is a spiritual act that engages the practitioner’s body, speech, and mind in service to others. But many Buddhists are resistant to resistance.

Power and Heart: Black and Buddhist in America

At the first-ever gathering of Buddhist teachers of black African descent, held at New York’s Union Theological Seminary, two panels of leading Buddhist teachers took questions about what it means to be a black Buddhist in America today.

What Is Vipashyana

Vipashyana means “to see things in an extraordinary way”—not as we think they are or want them to be but “as they truly are in and of themselves.

Where Will You Stand?

If we are to uphold the dharma, says Rev. angel Kyodo williams, we must stand up to racism and expose its institutionalized forms—even in our Buddhist communities.

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