Dharmadana, aka: Dharmadāna, Dharma-dana; 4 Definition(s)


Dharmadana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[Dharmadana in Mahayana glossaries]

Dharmadāna (धर्मदान) refers to “generosity of the Dharma” and represents one of the three kinds of generosity (dāna) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XX).—“The generosity of the Dharma (dharma-dāna), having as object the beauty of the Path (mārga), consists of instructing (uddeśa), teaching (upadeśa), explaining (bhāṣaṇa), discoursing (lapana), removing hesitations (vicikitsā-niḥsaraṇa), replying to questions (praśna-vyākaraṇa) and telling people about the five precepts (pañcaśīla): all these instructions given with the view of Buddhahood are called generosity of the Dharma”.

Dharmadāna (धर्मदान) according to chapter 36: “generosity of the Dharma (dharmadāna) is the fact of teaching others the twelve classes of texts preached by the Buddha (dvādaśāṅga-buddhavacana) with a pure mind and in view of merit (puṇya). Futhermore, generosity of the Dharma (dharmadāna) is also the fact of using magical power (ṛddhibala) so that people may find the Path”.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

[Dharmadana in Buddhism glossaries]

Dharmadāna (धर्मदान) or simply Dharma also refers to the “gift of the dharma” and represents one of the “three kinds of gifts” (dāna) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 105). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., dharma-dāna). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Dharmadana in Marathi glossaries]

dharmadāna (धर्मदान).—n (S) Giving of alms: also an alms-gift. Ex. ēka karitī dha0 || tṛṇāsamāna lēkhatī dhana ||.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Dharmadana in Sanskrit glossaries]

Dharmadāna (धर्मदान).—a charitable gift (made without any self-interest.) पात्रेभ्यो दीयते नित्यमनपेक्ष्य प्रयोजनम् । केवलं धर्मबुद्ध्या यद् धर्मदानं प्रचक्षते (pātrebhyo dīyate nityamanapekṣya prayojanam | kevalaṃ dharmabuddhyā yad dharmadānaṃ pracakṣate) || Ms.3.262.

Derivable forms: dharmadānam (धर्मदानम्).

Dharmadāna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dharma and dāna (दान).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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