Dharmakaya, aka: Dharma-kaya, Dharmakāya; 5 Definition(s)

Introduction

Dharmakaya 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.

In Buddhism

(Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

[Dharmakaya in Tibetan Buddhism glossaries]

The four aspects of the Dharmakāya are part of the Sixteen Aspects (ṣoḍaśākārā) of Gnosis (jñāna) in terms of ultimate reality.

  1. the Dharma-body (dharma-kāya)
  2. the Dharma-mind (dharma-citta)
  3. the Dharma-speech (dharma-vāc)
  4. the Dharma-gnosis (dharma-jñāna)
(Source): Google Books: The Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

[Dharmakaya in Buddhism glossaries]

The Dharmakaya may be considered the most sublime or truest reality in the Universe. Buddhas are manifestations of the Dharmakaya, and are called Nirmanakayas. Unlike ordinary unenlightened persons, Buddhas (and Arhats) do not die (though their physical bodies undergo the cessation of biological functions and subsequent disintegration). In the Lotus Sutra (sixth fascicle) Buddha explains that he has always and will always exist to lead beings to their salvation. This eternal aspect of Buddha is the Dharmakaya.

(Source): WikiPedia: Buddhism

Dharmakāya Skt. See Trikāya.

(Source): Shambala Publications: General

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Dharmakaya in Pali glossaries]

dhammakāya : (adj.) the Normal body.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Dharmakaya in Sanskrit glossaries]

Dharmakāya (धर्मकाय).—

1) an epithet of Buddha.

2) a Jaina saint.

Derivable forms: dharmakāyaḥ (धर्मकायः).

Dharmakāya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dharma and kāya (काय).

(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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