Dharmadhatu, aka: Dharma-dhatu, Dharmadhātu; 3 Definition(s)
Dharmadhatu means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Dharmadhātu (धर्मधातु) is the name of a Buddha under whom Śākyamuni (or Gautama, ‘the historical Buddha’) acquired merit along the first through nine bhūmis, according to the Mahāvastu. There are in total ten bhūmis representing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva’s path towards enlightenment.
Dharmadhātu is but one among the 500 Buddhas enumerated in the Mahāvastu during a conversation between Mahākātyāyana and Mahākāśyapa, both principle disciples of Gautama Buddha. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.(Source): Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Dharmadhātu (धर्मधातु) or simply dharma refers to the “thought element” and represents one of the eighteen elements (dhātu) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 25). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., dharma-dhātu). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Huayan teaches the Four Dharmadhātu, four ways to view reality:
- All dharmas are seen as particular separate events;
- All events are an expression of the absolute;
- Events and essence interpenetrate;
- All events interpenetrate.
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Search found 16 books and stories containing Dharmadhatu, Dharma-dhatu or Dharmadhātu. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Great Chariot (by Longchenpa)
Part 1b.1f - How consciousness dissolves < [B. The extensive explanation of the nature of karma]
Part 3c - The peaceful dharmakaya < [B. The explanation of the kayas and wisdoms]
Part 1 - How peace is attained < [B. The explanation of the kayas and wisdoms]
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
IV. Supplementary explanations < [Part 2 - Understanding dharmatā and its synonyms]
The Viśeṣacinti-brahma-paripṛcchā-sūtra < [Part 3 - Outshining the knowledge of all the Śrāvakas and Pratyekabuddhas]
I. Tathatā, Dharmadhātu and Bhūtakoṭi < [Part 2 - Understanding dharmatā and its synonyms]
Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva fundamental vow sutra (by Johnny Yu)
Bodhisattvacharyavatara (by Andreas Kretschmar)
Text Sections 165-166 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
Text Sections 120-121 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
A Blessed Pilgrimage (by Dr. Yutang Lin)